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What's the best V box for a 1 ton p/u

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by RB, Dec 8, 2000.

  1. RB

    RB Senior Member
    Messages: 197

    I want to buy a v box next season and don't want to spend too much time investigating the different products. I'm sure if you take care of them all will work fine. I don't know anyone who uses one so I'm counting on you all.

    I'll read all the threads on the subject, but I'd like to hear your input.

    My local dealer sells Swenson and says they are the best, but you know how that goes..

  2. landscaper3

    landscaper3 Senior Member
    Messages: 309

    We just got a Fisher in one of the trucks, its a 1.7 yard Mild steel Fisher with a 10hp motor and cab controls and top screen for $3000.00 installed. Our other is a Diamond.
  3. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    My personal preference is either Ice-O-Way or Sno-Way, same unit, just different labels. They offer a swing away spinner which I consider an invaluable feature. I can't count how many spinners I have seen mangled when somebody forgot they were there and backed into a frozen bank or fixed object and trashed them. Only thing I don't like is that I found I had to close the feed door all the way and idle the engine way down to get them to spread slow enough to not waste material if I'm working anything under 20' wide. With the door open and throttled up they will cover a 2 lane street about as fast as you want to drive. This is with straight salt, with sand they are a little less touchy but you can empty the hopper REAL fast if you're not careful .
  4. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    swensons got my vote.

  5. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Smith harder electric v box all the way. Leave the gas powered units in the dust and use quiet power. The unit is all stainless, and effecient. Pretty much bullet proff and maint free. All for around 3500.00
    I know guys that have units 15 yrs old and they work like new to this day.
  6. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Dino, I looked hard at the Smith, same dealer has them where we bought our Sno-Way. I spent quite a while trying to figure how I could remodel the Smith to make the spinner a swing away. No real easy way to do it without rebuilding the whole discharge assembly. If I could have an ideal spreader it would be the Smith electric drive and the Ice-O-Way/Sno-Way spinner.

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  8. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    I do like the swing away, I also am thinking of modifying the unit to a swing away design. To many projects and not enough time.
  9. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,222

    I would go with the smith I think that they would be worry free and quiet.
  10. RB

    RB Senior Member
    Messages: 197

    (I posted the orig. thread)

    Now that I'm in the market I'm noticing more v's. Most around here are air-flo. What do you guys think of air-flow v's?

    A few guys told me they picked them up for $2,500 at a local dealer.
  11. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    I have a 11 yr old airflow that is great. Its in better shape than my warren I sold after 3 yrs.
  12. BENCO

    BENCO Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    we have 2 swensons. never a problem. probably best to use whatever the best dealer(mostparts, best service) closest to you is selling. that way when you breakdown your down time will be smaller,
  13. RB

    RB Senior Member
    Messages: 197

    In my area I can only find an air-flo and a swenson pv. Both 8ft one is 2.0 cu yd. Both 10.5 briggs.

    Swenson - $3,600
    air-flo - $2,600

    What's the difference??

    The swenson has a lot of options, i.e., 6" box extension and 12" spinner extension. And...what would I use the liquid spray system??

    Is this liquid spray system worth $1,800 if I only make approx. $2,000 each run?

  14. slplow

    slplow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 594

    Airflow and swenson are both very good spreaders,so i would go for the airflow for the $1000, saving's.The pre-wetting system is not needed.