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6ft Bed Salt spreader?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Mean4x4, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. Mean4x4

    Mean4x4 Senior Member
    from Livonia
    Messages: 100

    2 questions: One, would it work to put an 8ft box on a 6 ft bed with the tailgate down?
    Two, does anyone make a short bed V Box? and does anyone have any used spreaders?
  2. phillyplowking1

    phillyplowking1 Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    The Trynex Vp8000 fits in a short bed. Do a search
  3. Bossfan

    Bossfan Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 64


    Yeah, I aggree. Tyrnex does make a pretty decent model. The other spreader unit that comes to my mind is a Snow Ex. It is composed of polyethelene and is electric run. Max capacity on the Vee Pro 6000 i believe is 1.5 yds but i might not be correct on that. THink of this model as a larger tailgate sander that sits in the back of the truck.
  4. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    I just picked a brochure for Fisher spreaders. It showed that they have V boxes in 7', 8', and 10' length. I would think that 7' would be suitable for short bed truck.
  5. DanG

    DanG Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    I believe that john dimartino has a 6' one in the back of his dodge.
    It's a Sno-ex I think?

  6. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I advise against using an 8' in a 6' bed and leaving the tailgate down for two main reasons. First, you're wanting to use the tailgate as support - you'll just bend up the tailgate. It won't provide support for a box full of sand. Second, you're more likely to lose the the Vbox off the truck bed since you've got the weight of the motor, 1' of Vbox (actually more as you won't have the Vbox all the way on the bed - the motor & spinner have to clear the bumper) and 1' of material basically unsupported.

    Try looking in the Used Equipment for Sale Forum for a used spreader.

    Downeaster also makes a smaller Vbox that will fit your truck.
  7. Ohiosnow

    Ohiosnow Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 415


    BOSS makes a 6' V-box spreader :waving:
  8. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    Smith, Downeaster and Ice0Way make 6ft spreaeders. All are available in stainless steel.
  9. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Don't even think of an 8ft v-box in a short bed pickup.I've seen it done,and it not only bends the tailgate,it crushed the real sill of the pickup box,making for some very expensive repairs.

    It's also extremely dangerous,as you will be overloaded,and all that extra weight behind the axle will make it treacherous to drive when heaped full.
  10. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    If you go electric you will save a little more weight plus allow for easy hookup and running.
  11. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    the VP8000 fits in a my short bed Dodge perfectly.No tail gate,it sits the same as it would in a long box,since the unit needs to hang out a few inches in order for the spinner to clear the bumper.There is about 2" between the front of the bed,and the VP8000 when its installed all the way forward.
  12. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    The 6ft models are actually made for a shortbed truck or a fullsize bed with a toolbox will also work. Just remember they hold less material. You may want to add some extensions to allow more capacity.
  13. Mean4x4

    Mean4x4 Senior Member
    from Livonia
    Messages: 100

    Thanks guys

    Thanks for all the advice and information. Capacity is no big deal, my supplier is a mile away from where I do most of my plowing.
  14. SnowGodFather

    SnowGodFather Member
    Messages: 330

    Actually the 8" v box with the tailgate down will not put any weight on the tailgate if you use 2 x 4's on the supports.

    A 6'bed is in what truck?, most of your short beds on full size trucks are 6.5' foot, this will put you on the end of you box and more support under the box to hold the spreader.

    Also most of your 6' bed trucks are not heavy enough to hold that much salt in the first place.

    BTW thanks for out bidding me on that plow on ebay.....:mad:

    PINEISLAND1 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 664

    The Trynex (Snowex) VP8000 is an 8' v-box, whose frame fits inside a short box Dodge perfectly. The capacity is around 3000 lbs, or 1.5 yds. I get three full bobcat scoops slightly heaping into mine level to the top, with the fitted cover still working over the top. It is electric, and poly, so its much lighter than a traditional V box. I love mine.

    I hope John doesn't mind, but here is a pic of his from an earlier thread, and a pic of mine. They are a Michigan company, and you can get some good deals on them around here.

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  18. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    Thanks Tom, I was going to post my pic,but my old puter crashed a month ago or so:( I didnt save any of them).
  19. Mean4x4

    Mean4x4 Senior Member
    from Livonia
    Messages: 100

    What I'm using to Plow/Salt

    Its being used on a Ram 1500 4x4. Don't worry its not stock suspension. It has the BDS 5.5 Ram 2500 Diesel Kit. (5.5 inches) I did some custom Mods to make it work on a 1500
    (The axles are different). This truck has been built to 4 wheel and work. The trans is rebuilt with Ram 2500 Clutches by rabestos. It has a Fairbanks HD shift kit. A High Stall Torque Converter. 4:56 Gears With L/S in the rear. I'm using a Boss 8ft and hopefully a tyrnex salter.
  20. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650