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Gas or Electric

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Buddhaman, Oct 26, 2007.


Gas or Electric Salt Spreader

  1. Gas

    7 vote(s)
  2. Electric

    21 vote(s)
  1. Buddhaman

    Buddhaman Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    Looking to purchase a new V box spreader. Most likely going with the Salt Dogg. It will either be the poly electric or the stainless gas. Just wondering what everyone prefers and why.
  2. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    electric deffintly, you dont want to be out there at 3 am in the freezing cold trying to get a gas engine to fire.
  3. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    he's got a snow blower with a realy long cordLOL

    i vote gas

    take a minute to read this thread there is good and bad about both on there
  4. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Give me gas anyday. My gas motor took a dump last year and in a matter of 30 minuets we were back in bussiness.

  5. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i'd say gas!!!! i've never used electric but what wrong with gas. we run a briggs, and anyone and everyone can work on them or get parts. never had any problems so far with ours in 3 seasons. everyone runs gas snowblowers in the cold and never has any problems.
  6. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    Electric...lots less to go wrong with it and better reliability. We have been using them for years. I would aslo go with poly over stainless.

  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    I've been running electric for about 5 years and will not go back to gas.

    No spark plus, oil, gas, or battery worries.

    Go with a electric designed not one of the converted units. independent control over spinner and auger is a wonderful thing.

    If you're going saltdogg go with the poly unit.

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Yes each have thier pros and cons but when the salt is on the ground they are about the same. The main difference is for the larger lots and when you need that extra go power then gas is the key. For around here we have lots of that cannon ball snow where the humidity levels are high and the temps are near freezing. Salt seems to pick up the moisture content and become heaver too. This is when you see the benifits of gas.

    Plus, you can always find gas motors on sale and make them fit your salter, keeping one on the shelf at the shop. PS has anyone priced out a electric motor, seem to be pricey from what I can remember from my tailgate bagged salt days. Although prices can change.

    Rember knowlege is key when purchasing equipment and don't think short term think 2-3 seasons from now. For buying the right equipment this season might not be in your best intrest next.