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Gas Or Electric

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by michaelo2790, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. michaelo2790

    michaelo2790 Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 32

    I am buying a new spreader soon and want to know which way to go. If you could also explain your reasoning. I am looking at the Western Tornado or Fisher polycaster (same spreaders) for electric and A Western ice Breaker w/ Honda engine. Thanks for your input.
  2. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    Doctors offices/party stores = electric
    Retail/Hotels/roads = gas Motor

    If you need to put a decent amount of product down it takes a long time with electric
  3. DirtyJerzey

    DirtyJerzey Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    +1.... ive never used electric vboxes just electric tailgates and gas vboxes but have heard that the electric vboxs are very slow spreading a lot of salt and takes a good amount of power to unload it all...
  4. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    this is true, but you know at least the electric will run when its zero degrees outside

    personally i saw a swenson poly..with electirc , i think thats the way to go...ill never go gas again
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2009
  5. fortydegnorth

    fortydegnorth Senior Member
    Messages: 219

    I run gas v-boxes now and one electric tailgate and if I were to buy another v-box I would try electric. The salt just eats the engines. I haven't really had any problems in the past 3 years with the buyers and briggs deal but I would like to try electric. No sta-bil in the gas all summer, no chokes or warming up. I can't say how an electric spreads but it is tempting to try.
  6. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I love my Polycaster (electric). If I need to put material down faster, I can just open the chute more. If I had central hydraulics (maybe next year) I would do hydraulic. Electric would be my second choice. Airflow makes a two motor electric stainless, I think 8 foot. Sounds sweet. If I had to go gas, go Honda.
  8. Winter Land Man

    Winter Land Man Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    I agree with that!!!
  9. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    GO dual electric if you can. Smith, Downeaster and others make em. I have an old smith series 1 electric and it works well, puts out the salt almost as well as a gas one as long as the salt is dry,
  10. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    second that
  11. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    I have a single elec Downeaster and like the simplicity of it. The only problems I've had is a rusted drive chain 2x (I have since replaced with a salt water duty chain, just as strong and not nearly as expensive as ss) and if I load it too fast sometimes the spinner won't move so I have to manually rotate the spinner until the motor can do it. I haven't had any real issues with it not putting down material fast enough, but I haven't used a gas model either. Next year I will add a second Downeaster, they now use dual motors an d have a swing up shoot, I will also trade in my current unit at the same time. I also plan on vibrators for them both.
  12. dannyslawn

    dannyslawn Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I run 2 electric airflows. I think they are great spreaders. With the shoot open all the way and the conveyer on full they put out alot of salt. Also it's also nice not to have to deal with any more gas engines.
  13. Turbodiesel

    Turbodiesel Senior Member
    Messages: 428

    I like electric or hydraulic. Never had good luck with gas.
  14. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    How much salt do you plan to spread per event ?
    I use a Salt Dogg, and that thing works great . Flip the switch and your spreading salt. Works great when it is -5 or 30 degree's out. I averaged about 4 ton per event last season, I had no problem salting all my accounts with that guy. Its a good unit, that I wouldnt trade to save 30 minutes a night on a gasser. When A gasser pukes, or decides to play games your in for a night of pure hell. New gassers can play games too. How about when its -10 :nod: Slow and steady wins the race in the back of pickups IMO. They are not that slow, you just can spew the whole v-box out in 10 minutes. If your salting 10 acre sites your looking at the wrong truck/v-box set up anyway.

    Our storm systems in this area 90% of the time have a major cold front blasting in at the end of the system. When we get clippers it is nothing to have 5 degree's 2 hours after the event ended.
    Sounds like the Tornado got the bugs worked out now. I see alot of them bombing around here.

    Smith, SnoWay, Airflow, and Downeaster make larger electrics as well.
  15. michaelo2790

    michaelo2790 Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 32

    Doing about a 5 acre asphault lot. I have an under tailgate spreader on my dump and dont like it. I am leaning heavy toward the tornado.
  16. michaelo2790

    michaelo2790 Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 32

    Who sells Air flow around Chicago?
  17. snowangel13

    snowangel13 Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 18

    I have 6 western gas v-boxes, 1 hydrolic v-box, 1 under the tailgate spreader on a 1ton dump and 1electric salt dogg and 1 western electric tornado. zero problems with the electric models and countless problems with the gas units. if running side by side in a lot, the gas unit (if working) will apply a little moe salt in a little less time but just a little. the pros out play the cons by far. The hydrolic is the way to go but the extra expense doesnt make any sense to me. the Under the tailgate spreader seems to put down too much salt on smaller lots and with the price of salt this year, i dont even take it out unless time is an issue. i will be replaceing 3 gas units with electric units and placing the gas units for sale.
  18. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i love my undertail gate

    i will never go back to a v box... of any kind provided its going on a dump

    what dont u like?
  19. michaelo2790

    michaelo2790 Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 32

    Under gate

    Dont like having to raise dump and spread and always leaves salt in the tray under the auger.
  20. michaelo2790

    michaelo2790 Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 32

    Snow angel, Do you prefer the salt dog or Tornado and could you explain why? Thanks