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V box Salt Spreaders ????????

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by DRB0528, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. DRB0528

    DRB0528 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I'm in the market for a new v box salt spreader for my 1 ton dump. There are so many to choose from. I want to go either poly or stainless and it has to have flip up chute. Do i go electric or gas? If electric what brand? If gas what brand?
  2. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,977

    Why don't you get an underbody since you got the dump already, take advantage of it! Get a hydrolic or electric
  3. DRB0528

    DRB0528 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    My dump bed is hydrolic and the pto pump is only good for 1300 rpm, so i can't drive around with the bed up for extended amounts of time or the pump will overheat. Don't want to risk it.
  4. newlooklandscp

    newlooklandscp Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 473

    plus with under tailgate you tend to lose some salt when in route. A vbox is more efficient with less lose. If your looking for a flip up chute then look into Sno-way. Kind of expensive but worth the money.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,487

    Huh? Lose salt? How?

    Benefits of under tailgate--lower center of gravity, more capacity in the same truck vs. v-box, ability to use the truck all season as a dump truck without removing the spreader, better visibility out the back.

    Can't help out with the electric vs gas, we have only hydrualic. One V-box and one under tailgate model. From what I hear from the users here, sounds like a good electric is the way to go, too many issues with gassers trying to start\keep running and electric clutches freezing and going bad constantly.
  6. NASConst_land

    NASConst_land Member
    Messages: 54

    We have a gas vbox with a 10hp briggs on it. The motor was switched out it originally had a 5hp or something and it wasnt enough power or something.. thats what the guy said. We have no problem with the gas let it run the whole time u are salting and engage the clutch from in truck. It is at a constant idle we have the opening where the salt comes out set just right to where an idle speed will spread the right distance and amount.

    Pretty nice, but i have never used an electric vbox only tailgates.
  7. Fin

    Fin Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I'm going to try an electric V Box. From what I can tell a lot of people are going in that direction if they don't have the ability to run hydraulic. Everyone I talk to, mf's the gas engines. I think maintenance has a lot to do with the issues they have with gassers. Either way I'm looking for the path of least resistance.
  8. mannlawn

    mannlawn Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I am also looking for SS v-box. Air-flo also has swing away schute. Cheaper than sno-way here.I'll probably go with a gas,cause I don't always empty out. I can't decide honda-300more than briggs ? 8' SS w/briggs 3500.
  9. newlooklandscp

    newlooklandscp Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 473

    Honda, spend the extra 300 its worth it. Better engines all around.
  10. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    Low center of gravity???? How do you figure that when driving around with the dumpbody up in the air?:dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy:
  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,487

    See post about non-flotaing SS's. We don't do this anymore.

    Actually you don't need to ride around with the box up in the air unless it is a large lot. If we lift the bed hihg enough that the salt slides to the back, we can do most of our lots with only one maybe 2 'fillings' or dump box raisings. Gravity will pull quite a bit of salt into the spreader. They work very well. Been using one since 1990.
  12. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

  13. RHarrah

    RHarrah Member
    Messages: 40

    I like the idea of the Western Tornado being able to be stored on it's end.
  14. tjlands

    tjlands Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    Have used Air Flo stainless for several years without any problems.
    Briggs motors. Very reliable.
    Just make sure you clean and maintain them.
  15. bbrsq

    bbrsq Member
    Messages: 56

    Do a search or go back and look at past threads. Much as been said about gas v electric and poly v steel or ss.
    I run Western icebreaker steel with a honda engine and just bought the western Tornado.
    Depends on your situation and what bests fits your needs.
  16. Fusion Fab

    Fusion Fab Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I would recommend Ice-o-way. Im a welder-fabricator and by far this unit is rated #1 in overall construction. Honda engine on board and flip o way spinner. Release one clamp and spiner lifts out.Just my two cents.:yow!:
  17. mrplowdude

    mrplowdude Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    I have a sno-way electric v-box. I love it and will only buy electric from now on. It has the flip up shoot but you have to make your own chain to hold it up. Cost $3 from home depot. I also like Ice-o-way and smith electric. Only problem with those two being price. You should be able to get a SS sno-way for around $2800 cash and carry.