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2yd Snow Ex Salt spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by ommegang, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. ommegang

    ommegang Senior Member
    from wi
    Messages: 100

    I am looking at incorporating this salt spreader. But, how does one see out the back window when backing up? Alternatively, What's a more plow friendly product. I sub currently and am looking to upgrade my truck. I would like a spreader too.

  2. riverwalkland

    riverwalkland Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    With the mirrors. :help: I suggest using your truck from now on without looking out the back window. It will get you used to it. It's very much differnt.
  3. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    you learn to use your mirrors. my first 5 years of plowing i was in a chevy 3500 1 ton dump and I had to learn to trust my mirrors real quick. once you get the hang of it you will be flying around backwards with no problems. With any v box salt spreader you are not going to be able to look out your rear window. just get some good accounts that dont have a lot of things that can be hit and you should be fine...
  4. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

    The part on not being able to see out your rearview mirror with any v-box salter/sander is incorrect. Buzzbox makes a 1.8 cubic yard that you can easily see out the back window/rear-view mirror. The link to their site is as follows:
  5. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    Any idea what the buzz box costs?
  6. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    They are not available right now. No orders are being taken do to some family health issues. The plant is not in production.
    When they did sell them they were around 5K
  7. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Meyers also makes a low profile V-box.
    Unfortunately my local dealer isn't much of a dealer so I never saw 1 IRL.
    My only concern would be: Why buy a salter from a manufacturer who already has production issues??? Whats gonna happen when U need parts/service? I can just hear it now" You have a what? You need what? "
    Also, looks like some of these units are pretty heavy. Not a big issue w/ larger trucks where you have GVW to spare but w/ a PU truck you want the lightest thing available.
  8. ommegang

    ommegang Senior Member
    from wi
    Messages: 100

    Thanks for the input gentlemen. Would you say that these big salt spreaders our more suitable for industrial lots? I do a lot of apartement complexes in addition to one big industrial lot. Does anyone have this salter that does complexes? Just wondering if this would be job specific. I don't have a lot of experience backing up with the mirrors but, of course, experience would overcome this. And, these spreaders seem to be the most logical to me. Not much room for anything else though - like a snowblwer - maybe the cab ha?

    Thanks again guys - very helpfull site. I have a an 8 family lot and two other driveways split b/w four buildings that we own and sub on the side. It is turning into a full time job this year in WI. Currently, I have a 91 GMC that I just purchased this year. With the hours I am logging, I would really like to upgrade to a newer truck with a spreader. If I sell the truck for a newer one, with plow money, I would net 6-7 grand for a new purchase. Or, I just run it as long as I can and then purchase. Tough decision.

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    How long will a skid of salt last you?? If you awnser one night get the v spreader. 5 nights keep the tailgate spreader. Trust me, for the differance is salt costs it doesn't take long to pay for the v box. Try finding a used stainless v box spreader. They are out there!!

  10. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    Just a quick question.....How do you back up "with out" using your mirrors...
  11. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Where in WI are you?
    We are near Racine.
    Just this year I started using a Salt Dogg spreader and love it. Only problem as I mentioned in another thread about them is that b/c the motor/s need alittle more power to get started, they all start in high mode and drop down. If you have alot of dead ends to start from, you'll tend to use more salt than a plain 'ol TG spreader under the same circumstances.
    If I did all my sites in the same night that I'm allowed to use salt on, I could easily use a full 3000lb load.
    I have a quad cab dodge and can just fit my little 2cycle Murray snowblower in the back of the cab. One of the reasons I bought a quad cab-wish it was as big as my "99 that I had. That had the gull wing doors and could EASILY fit a snowblower in the back.
  12. Snowguy01

    Snowguy01 Senior Member
    from Erie
    Messages: 141

    If you are looking at seeing out the back window then look at a easydump insert and a tailgate spreader option for it The buzz box works good also but like they say it is not in production right now.