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Buyers TGS 06 Salt Spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by dmax 2500hd, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. dmax 2500hd

    dmax 2500hd Junior Member
    Messages: 18


    I bought this spreader new this year to salt a few parking lots that I maintain. I had the salter installed professionally by a local dealer and was given the installation instructions for future reference.
    A few things to be aware of before purchasing these units. First of all, there is a manual gate on the bottom of the unit that has to be moved (opened and closed) manually. I was never made aware of that and did not see anything in the instruction manual telling me that it was manual operation. I assumed that when the unit was powered on, the salt would spread, Stupid me. It was barely spreading any salt . I had to make several passes to get enough salt to cover the area enough to look like I was even there.
    Another problem-as I was driving down the road the salt was spilling out the bottom each time I hit a bump. Fortunately, someone stopped me to tell me that I was losing salt down the street. The controller was off. The salt was free falling out the bottom. What a waste of material and poor design. Do I really have to get out of my truck at each job and open the thing manually? IS there a better way?
    And another thing, which way opens and closes the gate? I can't be sure if the damn thing is opened or closed, since i can't see what is happening as I drive down the road... I'm not convinced that I made the right decision here. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions on what to do with this thing?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    considering the cost of this unit, what did you expect, i plan on buying one soon, going to run a crushed pea gravel/salt mix in it, i don't think i well mind getting out to open the manuel gate on it, other then the gate issue, are you happy with it?
  3. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L Senior Member
    Messages: 362



    I just ordered this one for a few of the smaller lots we have, it says that its controlled from the cab, but as i read it it says the flow and speed are controlled from the cab. The

    smaller unit said that u had a cable to open it which is why i chose this one as i was under the impression that it was all controlled from the cab. If i have to open and close it

    manually everytime il be sending it back and ordering the one that does not require me to open and close it manually. Can anyone clarify if you have to open this one manually

    each time to spread material, as now im a little dissapointed with my choice, i was trying to save a few bucks and have the money to but a snow ex tailgate spreader which from

    the looks of it i should have done in the first place...........
  4. northernsweeper

    northernsweeper Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Look at my post on the tgs06. If you can, I would say return it and get your money back. From what I have experienced so far,they are junk.
  5. mvhauler

    mvhauler Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    You might want to check with the manufacturer or others here on the site to see if it will handle sand or gravel of any type. May need a vibrator. May not work at all for sand/gravel.
  6. MahonLawnCare

    MahonLawnCare Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 852

    It comes with a vibrator built in
  7. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    I have been extremely happy with mine. I could have bought one with a powered flow gate but I didnt want to spend a thousand more dollars. I run sand/salt through mine with no problems.

    Just remember that on most forums you will mostly hear negative things or problems people have. Please take that into consideration.