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Western, buy my tornado back from me cause its JUNK

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by all ferris, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. all ferris

    all ferris Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    Once again the spinner motor broke on my Tornado spreader. The shaft sheered off at the bottom of the motor just like the last 4 motors. So I am now on the 5th motor and its one I had to weld the shaft back on because my dealer said he couldn't get any motors right now cause they are out. The spreader is well within the 2 winter warranty and all Westen has to say when I call their tech line is "we are doing some testing on that". I am done with DD products cause they are costing me way too much lost revenue because of down time. Do not buy a western tornado (or the other fisher/blizzard) cause they are junk.
  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    I would love to see some pics of where it is breaking. Seems strange that it has happened so many times. I wonder if there is something that might be causing it.
  3. FLC2004

    FLC2004 Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    I've run about 90 tons of salt through my 1.5 tornado since I bought it November '09 and about 15 tons through my new 2.5 i bought in October this year and I've never experienced any sort of problem with either...(knock on wood). Thats crazy going through that many motors but I guess it's like anything else with a few bad ones in the bunch. Weird =/
  4. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    There is a tsb on the spinner motor problem, your dealer should take care of this under warranty
  5. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 319

    i just bought a 2.5 yard unit this season and have run over 100 yards through so far and havent had any issues.
  6. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    I sheared a shaft on mine. The mfg claim is that the belt tension is the cause. It was determined that mine was within recommended specs. I suspect that the little 1/4" shaft can not take the stress of repeated on/ off cycles with heavy loads on it. I would like to see a mfg upgrade with a considerably larger shaft regardless.
  7. badnewss10

    badnewss10 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    on our second season now fifth motor in place.
  8. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,106

    Mines on it's 3rd season with over 250 ton through it, motor was seized in the fall when I pulled it out of storage, Western stepped up and compted me a new motor, harness and control mod (dealer fried it when testing motor). Nothing but good stuff to say about my Western Tornado and their reps. I've put another 60ton through it since the repair without issue.
  9. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    1/4" shaft? Really?

  10. nms0219

    nms0219 Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    is this the first gen with the rubber belt or the new one with the drag chain???
  11. all ferris

    all ferris Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    Its the 2nd gen and western finally replaced a bunch of parts on it and it seems to be working so far. They wanted to replace the entire rear spinner assembly but when we tried to put the new one on it would not fit (go figure). Appears that they redesigned the plastic housing that the motor and spinner is in and when we tried to put it on it hit the gear box. So they ended up taking the "guts" out of the new housing and putting them in my old housing. I spread about 30 ton through it since then and had no problems. This thing better not break again or I might have to physically drive to DD and drop it through their front door. They have cost me lots of money in down time:realmad:
  12. all ferris

    all ferris Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    I agree 100%
  13. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    OK I never measured it, it could be 5/16". Either way Ive seen shafts twice the size on much cheaper TGS's.
  14. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    Gotcha. 1/4" just sounded unbelievably thin (which apparently is the problem, LOL).