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Boss - Western - Fisher???

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by MajorDave, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 968

    Guys - business is going the way to where I will be needing a personal spreader on my personal truck. Been looking most of the weekend and have, through numerous reasons, have been looking at these 3. Got bits and pieces on each, but want to throw it out there to compare all on one thread.

    Heard numerous good things about all three above. (Boss VBX 8000, Tornado, and Polycaster). Thoughts?
  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,480

    I've heard nothing but good about the VBX. Our guys use them at work, and they spread the salt regardless of how wet it is. My Saltdogg will not at all. I was at the car wash power washing it out at least three times last year while I watched the guys with the VBX's spread it no problem. Same salt too.
  3. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    Don't really have 1st experience with any of those except for the boss units. I've installed a few lately and seem to be good units and the control box is top notch.

    You couldnt get me to salt with my personal truck
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2015
  4. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,480

    Even though I have the spreader in my truck I don't do much salting Pat. Because my POS spreader that is one year old never seems to work!!! Put the spinner back on today to get ready, just in case. And now I get a trouble code for the vibrator, saying there's no connection. I know what it is, the wiring harness needs to be replaced because I already replaced one of the other connectors a few weeks ago. I should be able to mess with it and get it to work tonight, but damn!!!! A one year old spreader and having to replace the wiring harness already due to corrosion. F me!
  5. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    Saltdoggy, right?
  6. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    I've got the VBX 8000,
    It's a good unit, good controller setup as well.
    Haven't dealt with those other companies but Boss is pretty good to deal with.

    I've had one issue with salt freezing in the unit, and it was that cheap salt from Egypt.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2015
  7. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,480

    Yes Sir. In Spring it will be on CL, and I'll either get a Tornado or a VBX.
  8. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    Just installed a polycaster on my personal truck.No snow yet but ran it dry to check it out and looks like a solid unit.One nice thing I noticed is that when you turn it on it doesn't run wide open for 5 seconds like my Swenson utg and some others.The control has a nice range in adjustment between the separate spinner/hopper chain and adjustable door.I only paid 4k shipped so it wasn't worth saving a few hundred for a saltdogg.(neg sd reviews didn't help)Plus the cover is a nice feature. Inside shop running empty this thing sounds like it's over 100 decibals lol must be the poly acting like a megaphone. I think its the same as a tornado,might be wrong though?
  9. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

    I've only had experience with the Boss. Had a full load of salt sit in one for 6 days after truck got rear ended. Drove truck home when repaired and it spread it out like it was nothing. I'm sure it was wet, and compacted as well, but I had zero issue. And like Pat said, the controller is fantastic and the dual vibrators will rattle your teeth.
  10. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,910

    VBX 8000.

    Just say no to DD stuff.
  11. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,480

    Is it auger or chain? I'm not sure what model Tovar buys, but whether it's auger or chain they always seem to spread.
  12. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    I haven't gotten to use my vbx8000 yet, but it seems like a great unit with a lot of nice features standard.
    Polycaster and tornado are the exact same just a different color.
    I looked hard at the polycasters, and they are built an hour and a half from me, but I thought the boss was a better spreader.
    I don't like how tall the poly casters are personally.
    The vbx you can take the spinner off with one person it probably weighs 50 or 60 pounds I would guess which makes it easy to tow and access the chain etc.
    Also has a dump feature to empty without even taking the spinner off.
    Work lights are standard, and the controller is awesome.
    The installation was not too bad either.
  13. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

    The ones they gave me are auger. The one I purchased is also auger. The fourth one I have is an older stainless (manufacturer unknown) that is chain and conveyer. This last one will also be for sale in spring. It's gas powered, and I'd rather have the electric. I'll replace with a Boss as well.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2015
  14. stealthplowing

    stealthplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I have a boss vbx8000. I love it!!! The controller is great, I like how you can dim the controller it self along with the rear work lights. mine is a pintle chain and i run straight salt and also a salt sand mix (about 5% salt mix) and it works great. I did have to put the restrictor plate in to slow the flow of the straight salt down tho. I run a smaller than pea size salt that i been happy with. spreader works good with it. But i have noticed since i put the restrictor plate in "for my salt" i almost run the chain on setting 10 to get the same feed rate i had on setting 5 without the restrictor plate when I'm running salt/sand mix. Been happy with mine tho well worth the money. Has nice features like the deflector in the back to open up and spread it wider or to cover one side more or less. Also i have noticed vs other models i don't have a bunch of salt all over the back of my truck like some others do. It spreads it on the lot and not all over the back of my truck like some. hope this helps!!
  15. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 968

    Excellent info fellas. Appreciate it.
  16. spencers

    spencers Senior Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 120

    I bought a vbx last year and didn't really use it. This year in Utah I've been using the crap out of it. My brother has a snow ex 8000 high output and the auger is way smaller than mine. Most people have to take the guard off to so it will empty the salter fast. I know snow ex wasn't on your list but most people think that snow ex are the top of the line and I personally think the vbx is now. I love my vbx and I have had no problem. Throws salt really good and I haven't had anything freezing up. Throws wet salt as well and clumps of salt don't jam it. Also like everyone else said the control is awesome. I love how small it is so it doesn't take up so much room.