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Anyone use a Salt Spreader on a tractor's 3 pt ?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by tsafa, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. tsafa

    tsafa Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I am considering buying a Fertilizer Spreader for spreading Rock Salt / Cinders in commercial lot I am plowing with my tractor. Does anyone have experience using one of these.

    This is the one I had in mind:


    or maybe this one:


    Does anyone have any experience as to how well they hold up when your run rock salt and Cinder (anti-skid) through them?

    I will probably use a mix of 10 % salt and 90% cinder, since salt is so expensive.

    Does anyone know if cinder (anti-skid) clump up and hardens if it gets wet? I am thinking of getting a few tons of it, but it would have to be stored outside at the site. I would then shovel it into the spreader as needed.

  2. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    They wouldn't open up but it can't be no different than ones at tractor supply or other places, should work fine.
  3. tsafa

    tsafa Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    What do you mean "wouldn't open up" ?

    I did ask Tractor Supply and they did not know. The website I posted offers to sell a salt kit (it is just a deflector), so that makes me feel comfortable at least running salt through it. I did email them for a direct opinion, but I also wanted to hear what you guys here thought about it.

    The one from Tractor Supply does have a larger capacity for the same money... so that would be preferable if it will work.


    What do you guys think of this one?
  4. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    I have spread a lot of seed and fertilizer over the years with one like that. Always worked well.
  5. r.renterprises

    r.renterprises Member
    Messages: 31

    I bought a poly fontier and stuffed a plastic barrel on the bottom as a deflector for side walks. Its easly removed if needed for parking lots. Only problem is when u really open it up it runs out went transporting and its small compared to my v box. Other wise it works great
  6. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    For my first two years of salting I would float down a Ford Jubilee tractor and a three-point fertilizer spreader made by Vicon. It had a shaker tube instead of a spinner, and clump breakers in the bottom of the hopper. Man, did that thing throw salt!

    But working with a non-cab tractor sucked, and floating/chaining it down also ate up a lot of extra time, so as soon as I could afford it I bought a v-box for the one ton and a Pro-Flo2 for the Sonoma and left the tractor at home!

  7. Omega

    Omega Member
    Messages: 67

    I run 2 small (50pto)cab tractors with the tractor supply spinners....think they hold@700lbs and work great on lots that have a lot of traffic or tight space....just have to make a lid for the to to keep moisture out
  8. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn Senior Member
    Messages: 728

    I have used that tractor supply one, however just for ice melt, works great only mods were a piece of mud flap on the sides and in between the spreader and tractor. I also cut a piece of ply wood out in a circle and got a cheap hindge to cover it so it dosent get wet or harden up. If you crank up the rpm it throws crazy far and EVEN. If you plan on doing walks make sure you do some sort of flap to limit the width because even on idle you will be doing more of the lawn. Also I would lookinto getting one with a poly hopper, lighter and will last longer/ won't have to paint. If you use a wood cover it also makes for a good mounting spot for a couple clips to hold a shovel or when it's icy I used to throw extra bags on top so I didn't have to drive back to where the pallet was.
  9. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    My state road crew mounted a 2 yard V box side ways with 3 point hook up on the tractors they run

    Looks funny but it works for them
  10. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn Senior Member
    Messages: 728

    You have to post a picture of that one
  11. lfaulstick

    lfaulstick Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 137

    i was thinking of doing that exact same thing i would like to see pics as well
  12. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I'll see if I can get you a pic but snow is coming I'll try catch him they use it at intersections Think one is a gas model and others are pto ran
  13. lfaulstick

    lfaulstick Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 137

    i was thinking about pto run... alot easier and one less thing to worry about when its cold. a few people i ran this idea by said i was crazy. i have a few old vbox's layin around that i could use for parts and pieces...what would be really slick if you could make it flip over so you could load it out of a pile versus loading it by hand or with another machine.
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

  15. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,963

    I ran a Kubota 8540 tractor with a Lely 2010 spreader for 3 winters. My experience was a fertilizer spreader works great for fertilizer. After purchasing the salt and/or salt sand kit, different top grating, 2 vibrators, and hydraulic deflectors, (an additional $900 kit plus another $1,000) their KIT worked for salt and /or salt/sand. Fertilizer spreaders that OFFER kits to use for salt are still fertilizer spreaders and are made for fertilizer. Look for something specifically designed for salt or salt/sand applications. Something with a aluminum or cast aluminum gear box is just not very heavy duty. Something tip-able to self load will save a lot of time. Also the steeper the angle of the sides of the hopper the better the sand will flow or the better wet bulk will flow. The link JD Dave posted looks like a great start, I personally would add quick attach and would prefer hydraulic driven rather than pto.
  16. don1952

    don1952 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I purchased a 3 pt spreader on my new holland boomer 50, it will hold about 10 bags of salt. It speads even you need control theRPMs. I use it on our sef storage facilty. I am useing less salt. The only negative is the lever to open for material to flow. Working on that.