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How are you getting your spreaders into your trucks?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by NaturesEnemy1, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. NaturesEnemy1

    NaturesEnemy1 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 36

    I have 2 snowex spreaders. Vee pro 6000 and 8500. I have a cat242D. currently have them on pallets, raise them up to the truck and them push the spreader into truck. It's not effcient. I met a guy in chicago who welded some sort of beams on the bottom of his snowex7500 and he just picks the entire spreader up and sets it in his truck. I was looking on here for photos of anyone who has done this. if you have and photos or advice before we tackle this project, id love to know. Thanks.
  2. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    Well my way isn't going to help you a bit, and I don't have photos or video of my truck, but to answer your question, Google Swaploader hooklift and watch their video. Imagine a v-box bolted to a flatbed and there is my answer.
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    You have forks for the skid
  4. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,910

    Don't overcomplicate a simple thing.

    Taking 5 minutes to slide a salter off a skid into the bed of a truck at the beginning of the season isn't a major deal, unless you're one of those people that takes them in and out every storm.
  5. NaturesEnemy1

    NaturesEnemy1 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 36

    Yes we have forks. It's simplifying the process in my opinion.
  6. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,910

    How could you make it any more simple than sliding a salter off of a skid into the bed? Forks straight into the salter and into the bed?
  7. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    I believe if I read it right is that he currently has the salter sitting on a wooden pallet so that he has something for the forks to go into to lift it. But once he has it raised, he doesn't want the spreader in the back of the truck on top of the pallet, so he has to try to slide the spreader off of the wood pallet into the truck and vice versa when unloading, something probably NOT real easy to do by yourself. What he wants is something (not 5" tall like a pallet) that he can mount the spreader too and leave it on there when it goes into the truck.
  8. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    We use forks and straps...lower it right into bed from the side. We've considered welding pockets, but it's not a big deal considering we don't take spreaders out/off until seasons over.
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    You could hook chains from the forks on top dangling the spreader and back the trucks underneath...others on here have built long forks, pick the spreader up from the back and drive it in.
    I had a boss who built a rack that the spreader was suspended from a hoist cable, thathe just backed under.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2014
  10. NaturesEnemy1

    NaturesEnemy1 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 36

    Hit the nail right on the head. This is exactly correct.
  11. NaturesEnemy1

    NaturesEnemy1 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 36

    Let me spell this out for you. 2 salt hoppers and a 200 gallon skid sprayer(summer only): picking up the units, putting them on pallets then moving the pallets. And in reverse-moving the pallets, taking unit off of pallet and getting into the back of the truck. That all adds up to time and usually a second person acting as a spotter.

    Welding some sort of feet directly to the spreaders and sprayer, eliminate the need for a pallet. Only need 1 person. Never have to leave the cab. Truck needs to go in for immediate repair and or be towed, just pick the unit up right out of the truck, equals time and ultimately money saved.

  12. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Gantry hoist
  13. J&JProperty

    J&JProperty Member
    Messages: 50

    I welded some rectangular square stock to the bottom of our spreaders to act as fork pockets. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow.
  14. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,676

    Our Swenson has holes built into for forks, saltdogg vbox we use straps to lift it in, UTG just gets picked up with forks and tailgate spreaders just get man handled into place. All this is done the Case 60xt skiddy.
  15. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Mine hangs on a chain hoist in my shop ,back in lower it down and go. During a blizzard I will remove it Once I'm ready its inside and warm

    Tail gate just pick it up slip it in
  16. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    We have our saltdoggs on pallets, bring the pallet to the back of the truck and push it in with 1 guy. I put our 2yd saltdogg in by myself with no machine. Lift the front to sit it on the bed then lift the back and push.
  17. NaturesEnemy1

    NaturesEnemy1 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 36

    Thanks. I'd appreciate lt
  18. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    Why not hook the spreader with a chain and drop it in. That's what we do. My salt dogg 2250 has slots for forks but I find it easier to just hook it with the chain
  19. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,910

    This is what we do as well. I keep forgetting that Salt Dogg is one of the few companies that make spreaders that make sense and can just be pushed right in.
  20. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    I just pick ours up and put them in. Stand them on the end back up to it. Then just pick it up and slide it in

    Maybe in just hulk like and the average person can't? Lol