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Custom side extensions for Vbox spreaders

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Snow Picasso, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. Snow Picasso

    Snow Picasso Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Has anyone made extensions for their Poly Vbox spreaders? Like to hear and see some pics on how you attached them to your spreader. Salt Doggs in particular!
  2. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I'm about to on our poly Downeaster. Just going to use 2x12's and some thicker metal strapping for the sides (2 per side) and same strapping bent into L's for the corners and bolt together and to the v box with standard nuts/washers and bolts and drilling the ends and screw pieces together for added stability with deck screws, hell I might even paint it. This should put me right around 2.5 yards and that's perfect for one of our routes until I can buy another v box. Just watch the weight, 2.5 tons on our srw F350 is really pushing it, even with the air bags.
  3. Snow Picasso

    Snow Picasso Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Brian, I'm basically thinking the same thoughts on this one. I'm using 2x8's with 1/4 inch aluminum brackets bolted to the sides of box and screwed to the wood. I'm even thinking about putting brackets from the wood to the poly from the inside so you cant see the brackets.....Send me some pics when your done. I'll do the same.
  4. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    That's pretty much what I did to my Poly Downeaster also...cheap, easy and effective
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I'd like to find another one of these Downeaster's but they quite making them for whatever reason. I talked to a couple guys from Downeaster about why they would stop making a poly v box when everyone seems to be making more and more of them, they said they weren't very popular.
    I think they weren't very popular because the dealers have to carry a ridiculous amount of their inventory to remain a dealer and around here there were 2 dealers, now there's no one withing a 5 hour drive.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2015
  6. John143

    John143 Senior Member
    from NEPA PA
    Messages: 254

    2x10's...... 1.5 yard to 2.0 + yard upgrade. I used the bolt holes that were used for the steel grate to bolt the angle iron onto the spreader.

    Should work real good! Keep in mind one thing when building yours..... That 1.5 yard v-box filled with a nice heap of salt. Really weighed the back of my 15, 2500 down. Them coil springs that dodge is using sucks! But i also dont have a 1-ton truck. I thing if I did the sides without air bags the ass end would be on the ground! lol

    So the first thing I did before adding the sides this year was put a set of Firestone air bags in. I didnt load the salt or air bags yet!?!?! SO I'm hoping once we get our first snow....all works good!!



  7. Freshwater

    Freshwater PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,207

    Did you drive all the way to Michigan to angelos? I live a mile from there.
  8. John143

    John143 Senior Member
    from NEPA PA
    Messages: 254

    Nope. The cost of the v-box at my local dealer was more money then the shipping via tractor trailer from angelos to my shop. I been getting all my v-box's this way.
  9. LogansLawnCare

    LogansLawnCare Member
    Messages: 84

    I was thinking the exact same thing!
  10. Aerospace Eng

    Aerospace Eng Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Just for reference with respect to stability....

    The center of mass of a 90 degree pie slice is approximately 60% of the way from the tip to the outer edge [4*2^0.5/(3*PI)], and this is probably not too bad an approximation for a V-box.

    When you add sides you will increase both the mass and the height of the mass.

    I haven't done any calculations; just wanted to put the info out there.
  11. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,478

    You've got coil springs in the rear on a '15 Ram 2500?
  12. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    My 1.8 polycaster is plenty heavy when full of wet dirt/salt. I don't think I would dare add on another 1000 pounds....and my F350 is spec'd out as heavy as a gasser srw can be.
  13. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    You should see when we run the 2 yard speaders heaped. But we don't plow with them loaded either
  14. maxwell

    maxwell Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 59

    That's just more to shovel out when it freezes up!!!:help:
  15. Snow Picasso

    Snow Picasso Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    This is what I ended up doing. Had 2x6's at the shop. Should add about 1/2 ton plus to my 2 yd Salt Dogg



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  16. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,478

    No, I don't have any custom side extensions. I'd just be happy if the thing would spread salt once in awhile.
  17. Snow Picasso

    Snow Picasso Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    No kidding!
  18. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    I like mine too. It's weird getting used to the "stuttering" spinner motor on start up. Did you ever hear why they designed it that way? I have always found customer service to be a bit of problem.
  19. Showmestaterida

    Showmestaterida Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    u have any more pics of this setup . looking to build same