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best way to thaw a frozen sander half full of sand

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Morrissey snow removal, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Morrissey snow removal

    Morrissey snow removal PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,798

    3 yrd hyway sande rhalf full sand salt been in the rain uncovered cause tranny had to come out now its back in and the sand is frozen any ideas thanks

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    put it in a heated garage?
  3. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    Do a search. I KNOW that has been on here. I think someone used windshield washer fluid, but that was only for a tailgate spreader.
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Mix 4 gallons of water and 20lbs of calcium chloride and slowly dump it over the sand. Start with an area at the rear of the spreader by the dis-charge chute concentrate on the center and thawing the conveyor chain. once you get a hole at the rear and the chain unfrozen you're home free.

    If you have too, mix another batch.
  5. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,829

    Then put in to a heated garage. Or heck drive down to Longisland, with the temps here that will thaw out in under 6 hours. lol Good luck
  6. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    like a few have said warm it up and depending on how wet it is you may have to unclump some of it with a shovel or something
  7. kcplowmata

    kcplowmata Senior Member
    from kc
    Messages: 174

    run a propane torch over it at one end and start clumping it out.
  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    we go to the self serve carwash, put it on soap ( our soap is the only hot water) and start soaking it,...try the spreader, soak it , try the spreader, soak it..ect you might need alot of quarters but it has always worked for us
  9. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    washer fluid or diesel ones alittle cheaper then the other but if not gonna spread it dont waste it till u need it
  10. Acmemechanic

    Acmemechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    Heated Garage 6 to 10 Hours Thats the only cure no matter what anyone else says!!!!!
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2008
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    That's the best idea. If you need it right away you can take a bar to it and breakit up, but with heat it will spread off.

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Heated garage with radiant heaters. Park the truck directly under it. Wait untill the sand salt mixture is warm to the touch and dry. No matter how long you plow for this will happen at least one a season. Had a batch of pure salt freeze up in 2.5 hrs this season after one of those killer artic fronts rolled through after 1" of rain and 99.9% humidity.

  13. cincy snowdog

    cincy snowdog Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    diesel fuel? in the bed of your truck,sure, ok i am sure the insurance co. will understand.:dizzy:
  14. csx5197

    csx5197 Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    I've had this happen to me on a much smaller scale, of course I was able to break it up with a pick ax, and shovel, but I would probably agree with just putting it in a heated garage overnight or something like that. I could see pouring some water in it with the calcium to break up the essential parts of the spreader. I've never heard of using washer fluid. Maybe just dump a bunch of de-icer in the spreader