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Accuspread Stainless Rusting?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by gottaloveOT, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. gottaloveOT

    gottaloveOT Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    We have 4 Accuspread drop spreaders. 2 were purchased in 2008 and 2 in summer of 2012. All 4 are mounted on the back of JD XUV Gators.

    After the second use of the 2012 spreaders we noticed rust starting on the hopper of the spreaders. The 2008 units don't have a speck of rust on them. Accuspread said it must be due to salt and high humidity and it is normal. I call BS. The 2008 units are used in the exact same conditions and there has been no problem.

    The spreaders get washed after every use. Accuspread says they didn't change anything in the manufacturing process or change any materials.

    Anybody else have this problem?
  2. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 Senior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 165

    Stainless can and will corrode to a point if the level of chromium is of a lower level than normally expected. You didn't mention what grade the spreaders are made from ? There are about 150 different grades and about 12-15 of them are commonly used for manufacturing everyday products. Most spreaders do not "rust" unless they are in contact with dis-similar materials like iron, steel. Maybe they were made with a different grade to cut costs, happens with far to many things now a days, nothing lasts as long as it used to, which is a proven fact ! :nod:
  3. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Pics of said rust? Discoloration is common on some grades of SS.
  4. gottaloveOT

    gottaloveOT Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    I'll have to get pictures. I don't know that grade of stainless, it is not mentioned in the manual or on their website. www.accuspread.com (GT model) According to the representative they have not changed material or processes in manufacturing between our older units and the newer units.

    The areas that are rusting are the faces of the spreader. No contact with anything but open air.
  5. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 726

    The most used stainless steel is 304L. 304L will not show any rust. Ask the question to what grade they are using. The grade just below 304L or just 304 will show rust staining as it's called. That is from the hardware running and eching into the SS. There are high grade SS but it's never used in production such as spreaders due to cost.

    The other thing i have seen is using 304L and a poor grade SS (imports)wire during welding. Low grade wire will live splater. Thats whats you maybe seening as rust it's just the wire rusting not the hopper. It's almost $35 diffrence in US made wire and the Imports for 10lb rolls
  6. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    It could just be cross contamination from regular steel tools used to manufacture.
  7. gottaloveOT

    gottaloveOT Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    Well they are washed after every use so basically every day. I would have though it would have washed away by now.
  8. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228


  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Not if any impurities are etched into the SS.

  10. K&L Salting

    K&L Salting Member
    Messages: 58

    Stainless Steel

    Take a magnet and see if it sticks to the any of the spreaders. If the magnet sticks to the stainless steel it is of a lesser grade and will rust.
  11. jrloeh

    jrloeh Junior Member
    from NE IL
    Messages: 3

    I get rust stains on my Henderson tail gate SS spreader, but these stains are form the rusty water that washes out of my steel dump body. A 3M green pad will take the stains right off the SS.