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Dual motor downeaster

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by RichterNo1, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. RichterNo1

    RichterNo1 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I have a dual motor down Easter spreader
    Seams like the spinner motor takes 6 or 7 seconds to get up to speed. Is this normal? The drag chain motor kicks on right away and dumps a bunch of salt on the ground before the spiner speeds up enough to spread the salt

    Also doesn't spread nearly as wide as my two other downeaster spreads that have a single electric motor

    Anyone have the same experience?
  2. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    The spinner motor which is variable does take a few seconds to get up to speed, that is normal, but the drag chain which is one speed should be coming right on at full speed, it should be a simple on/off switch and the newer ones also have a blast feature on the same switch
  3. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    I have a single motor downeaster 1.5yd spreader so I can't help you with your dual motor situation. If I load up before a storm and wait to salt until after the storm, my spreader won't move the material. It settles and the motor can't overcome the initial force. Every storm I have to manually back spin the spinner for a few minutes and open the chute all way. I may have to do this for the first 2 or 3 properties then it will work fine. It has been a problem since I bought it new. It happens with straight salt or sand/salt mix. With or without the inverted vee installed. I upgraded the motor to a 3/4hp and that has helped a little. I made up a reverse polarity pigtail to run the motor backwards but it isn't strong enough. Downeaster sent me a rubber flap to install in the chute gate but that didn't do anything. Have you ever experienced this type of problem? Sorry, I wasn't trying to hijack.
  4. GMD1984

    GMD1984 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    i have a 1.8 yard dual electric air flow both conveyor and spinner are adjustable i have put 3+ yards on it and she all ways spins right up to speed. the down east are vary high quality sanders, may be there is a bad connection some where or the wire is to small for the length of the run
  5. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    You kinda wonder why it does that. I am sometimes freaked out that it wont keep going. Does yours rotate a fraction for about 3 or 4 clunks then start up? It's been a great spreader so far...love the momentary toggle on the conveyor ...especially nice when I just leave the spinner on to spot salt
  6. MGMatt

    MGMatt Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I found the factory harness to be a little wimpy for the size of our dual motor. I just upgraded the harness for the conveyor to 4guage and the spinner to 6guage. Before the upgrade the motors would draw too many amps and trip the circuit breaker. I haven't had any problems with it this year.
    Another thing I would check are your batteries and alt. Make sure that they are Working 100%. Plowing and salting take their toll on the charging system.
    Hope that helps.

    When You turn the spinner on does it run at 100% for 10 sec and then slow to the speed its set at? If its not doing that, it might be a controller problem.