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Why is sand not recomended in a tailgate spreader?

Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by Plowin in VT, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    When I got my 9cu ft Sno Way spreader (w/a vibe) I was told that Sno Way does not recommend running sand through it, and if I did, it would have to be very dry sand (tube sand). Why? Is it because sand would clog up in the chute? I ran tube sand a couple of times, and it didn't spread well and I used 5x what I would have by hand.

    With the salt shortage I was forced to use sand/salt mix (very wet stuff), and it's worked perfectly. I've put 20 tons through it so far and haven't had a problem.

    Am I running a risk of damaging something by running sand, or is it not recommended only because it can clog up in the chute?


  2. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513


    Sand is not recommended for the tailgate units strictly due to not flowing well and normally causing clogging problems.
  3. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    Thanks Tom, that's what I thought. Guess I'm lucky, but as long as the vibe is on, it works great!!!
  4. rhkfwain

    rhkfwain Senior Member
    from FWA, IN
    Messages: 304

    Evan, our recommendation is not unique to Sno-Way. The other manufacturers of receiver spreaders say the same thing, "not designed for sand". That being said, I have had several customers tell me that they use sand with no problems but it seems, more times than not, using sand produces less than desirable results.
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    The wetter the sand the worse the tunneling/bridging, some guys use vibrators and feed slow and make it work. Not Ideal.
  6. SteveJ

    SteveJ Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Last edited: Mar 8, 2008
  7. riverwalkland

    riverwalkland Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Salt shortage? Last time I went to shaws, they had plent of salt :dizzy:

    Barretts shut you off ?

    I just told people no more salt for the rest of the season a month ago so I wouldn't have to tell them everytime they call
  8. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    Nah, Barrett's hasn't shut me down, but when they were out, I had no choice but to start using mix. Now, I just like the way that the sand/salt works, especially w/the ice storm we just got.