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Extended chute or No extended chute

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by timmy1, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    I used to have a sander with an extended chute. It seemed to do a better job maybe on narrow driveways. Although I never hit anything, you always had to be very careful backing up, a crusty snowbank could do a lot of damage. Now, I have no extended chute and my spinner is waist high so more than likely, my rear tires will hit the snow before the spinner.

    What do you prefer?
  2. BigJohnsonPlow

    BigJohnsonPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I have both but can't say I like one over the other. The high chute works better to keep material from "sliding" across the ice and is also better as you said to stay out of the snowbanks. The low chute works better on keeping material from flying around such as hitting parked cars that you spread next to. It tends to "slide" the material underneath. If you have a regular pickup bed, you definately need the high chute, but if you have a flat bed or dump body I would tend to lean toward the low chute. Little nicer spread pattern on the low chute as well.
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I like the extended chute, helps to sling the salt under cars.........
  4. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    I don't have an extender on my spreader and this allows me to trailer with the unit in. I fastened a thick piece of rubber behind the spinner to protect the hitch and elec hookup area. The company came out with a swing up shoot the year after my purchase. You are correct about less potential damage when backing up.
  5. WINTER 3

    WINTER 3 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 80

    mine is also waist high and I like it
  6. CMLawnCare

    CMLawnCare Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 8

    I think the way to do it is using the standard short chutes, even on dump trucks/flat beds. On my f-350 Dump truck i have a Torwel sander with a short chute and it works great. I have the sander secured in my dump bed by using a custom fabricated piece of steel running between the 2 "Tail gate pin clamps" and its bolted to the sander. I then bolted 2 mud flaps to the piece of steel and its protects the whole hitch plate. As soon as you damage a long chute you're up to $1000 bucks to replace it. And by the looks of things. it doesn't take much when you slide into a frozen snow bank. All it takes is one little mistake and your out a sander as well as paying 25% of the original cost of the sander to buy a new chute.
  7. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    Yes, I have a 48" wide Uniflap between my chute and the hitch as well.
  8. Mcouture13

    Mcouture13 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Torwel / Curtis Spreader....

    I work for Torwel Industries, and would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to you, I have about 7 years of Torwel knowledge under my belt, if you'd like any help with any question/concern you may have, parts you may need, etc... I'd be happy to help!

    ***On another note, Curtis is no longer selling spreaders, and we took over this season for them, since Torwel has manufactured their spreaders for 10 years, and will continue to help out the Curtis customers with parts, new equipment, etc...

    Torwel has been manufacturing spreaders for over 50 years, and we have a strong heritage as well as our commitment to a superior product backed by the best customer service in the business without all that corporate runaround.

    Thanks for your time,

    Mike Couture

    Sales Consultant, Snow & Ice Division
    Torwel Industries, a division of Sanweld Industries, Inc.
    19 Industrial Park Road East,
    Oxford, MA 01540
    P: 800.225.9415
    F: 508.987.8580