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Frozen Material Fisher Poly Spreader

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by TJohnston, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. TJohnston

    TJohnston Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Hello All,
    Thought we could keep larger polycaster filled with straight salt overnight and be ready for use next morning. Apparently not, and now we have 2 yds material and the 3 beep conveyor error. Anybody have any tricks to free up, without pulling out the shovel? Didn't want to try a manual turn of sprocket w/ pipewrench if not suggested!?
    Any help appreciated>
  2. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    Try hot water. may not work with salt but works great with p-rock
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Do you have a warm shop?

    Windshield washer fluid poured in the salt will help free it up, but it's going to take a lot.

  4. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    its works, but you better get it out asap as soon as it frees up.

    this works and would be better than hot water, but a bit more costly....and again, I'd want to get it out asap once its freed up.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Then Brute force it is!

    A maddock pick is you best freind when it comes to bulk salt. I should know.........:realmad:

  6. CMD

    CMD Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 41

    Remove your spinner unit , a couple of gallons windshield fluid and a grade stake to free the material next to the end of the bed chain , if not you need to warm the TRUCK inside overnight or start shoveling . The first usually works for us
  7. gsphunter

    gsphunter Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Torpedo heater for about half an hour will free it up. Works great on steel spreaders, just have to be careful on the poly.

    Car washes work too. I had a load freeze in our poly caster last year and it took a solid two hours in the car wash with warm water to get it out.
  8. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    Boy, I bet that cost you more money in carwash tokens than the salt in the hopper was worth. That sucks.
  9. gsphunter

    gsphunter Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Yep not fun. Biggest thing is inexperience. One of my guys was running that truck. If I have a load on my truck while plowing, and it's below say 15 degrees, I will just hit my blast button on the spreader for about 5 seconds while driving down the road between lots. This just moves the salt around a bit and seems to help. If you are just running lot to lot spreading, it's not going to freeze up.

    Seems like most of the time if you can keep it moving, even a little, it won't lock up. Mixing in calcium or non-tox anti-freeze helps too.