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Hitch mounted spreader opinions

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by gwhunter, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. gwhunter

    gwhunter Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I'm trying to get a new hitchmounted spreader for work. We've bought the cheapest buyers unit three times and they just don't seem to last.I'm looking at a fisher 1000 unit. It's going on a rack body gmc 3500. We hand load bagged salt but we often need to remove the spreader to load the truck. So I want a quality unit not a throw away. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks

  2. gwhunter

    gwhunter Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Don't everybody yell at once. Seriously I'm looking to pull the trigger this week. I'd love to hear from owners. We're just going to be spreading bagged salt so I'm thinking a vibrator is unneccesery?


    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    Not sure if the Fisher 1000 is any thing like the Western 1000 but to me that is the best tailgate spreader out there. I have used a Western 1000 for over 6 years now with no problems at all with the unit itself.
    Looking @ their website it shows the Fisher to be the same as the Western only yellow and not red.

    I keep it clean and grease the fittings after every use and it has seemed to last. The only problem I had was if the bagged stuff some how got moist or was to fine of a material. Either one would cause it to bridge or tunnel in the center. To solve that most would use a small vibrator. I just went over a curb to knock it back down.

    Whatever you decide make sure you get a variable speed controller as just the on/off switch runs it at to fast of a speed. To load salt in the back you will need/want the swing mount and not the hitch mount.
  4. gwhunter

    gwhunter Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Good to hear the positive feedback, I'm not sure what you meant on the mount type. I really need to have it hitch mounted because we use the bed in the winter. Is there a hitch mount that swings away? I'm figuring on only filling it halfway with material. I hear you on the vairiable model. We'd waste alot of material if we wnet with the on/off model(I think).
    Anyone else have any negatives about this unit?

  5. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    snow ex 1075. Thats what i have been running for the last few years. they make a swing mount for it as well.
    I have heard great things about the western models but i have never used one. I have always used snowex with no problems at all.