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Western Spreader Wiring

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by gardnerll, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. gardnerll

    gardnerll Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    So I picked up a decent swing away Western 2000 Salter the other day and I am having a hard time tracking down the truck side wiring for it. Is it worth chasing down, its about $250 with shipping at the one place I found it but they dont have it in stock and have to get it from western which I cannot do because I am not a dealer. Is this something I should just wire myself and if so any ideas where I can get the wiring such as the 10ga power supply running form the battery. Also I should mention that I have the variable speed controller that I will be hooking up to it.

    I have looked at my local hardware stores but nobody seems to carry the auto wiring (10ga) or the connections that I will need if I do it myself.

    Any input would be great.
    Thanks
     
  2. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    Jkopp@douglasdynamics.com Jeff Kopp has helped me out of a jamb. I don't know whether he is still there or not or if this contact is even any good anymore. 414-362-3832
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,924

    10g wire should be easy to come by. But most auto stores don't carry it. If your wanting to go that route I can point you in the right direction
     
  4. gardnerll

    gardnerll Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    my truck actually has a lift gate on the back so I used the two wires running to that for the power wires on the spreader. I cant figure out how to wire the speed portion of the controller but I was able to get the spreader to turn on and off which was my goal.
    I did get a place that sold the wire harness specific to the spreader it was $250 with shipping. Doing it myself cost about $30 but my connections are just butt connectors with electric grease and lots of electric tape. Ill let you know how that works one of these early mornings :) I should be ok I tucked them away under the truck and I think I sealed them appropriately. But I do wish I had the trusty harnesses for connectors.
     
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,924

    So you have no speed control? Just on and off
     
  6. gardnerll

    gardnerll Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    That's correct no speed control just on/off toggle. I think I will be alright this season with this setup my accounts are apartment complexes and commercial lots. Full blast salting will be ok I will have to drive quickly in a few spots though...

    I just wanted to get it put together for the first event with this weekends weather I wanted to be prepared here in Upstate NY.
     
  7. gardnerll

    gardnerll Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Just an update: The salter is working great no problems there I should have never worried about a speed control I don't need it for any of the accounts I have. Full blast and a foot like a surgeons hands on the gas peddle works fine :)

    The only problem I did have is bagged salt flows through great, bulk salt....not so much so I did order a vibrator for the salter should solve the issue.