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How far will 1 CY of sand get me?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by segbert, May 10, 2016.

  1. segbert

    segbert Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Good afternoon folks, I have been tasked with purchasing a new V-Box sand spreader.

    I am lost when it comes to this, as we dont do much of it down in central Texas.

    Does anyone have any formulas on how far sand will go, I'm trying to determine the size of spreader I want to purchase.

    Also feel free to provide input on Swenson, and Henderson spreaders, I'm looking at these with the pony motor so I wont have to rely on one truck for the use. right now the smallest spreader im looking at is about 8CY

    Thanks in advance
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    What's this for?
    Private, city?
    What truck is this going on?
  3. segbert

    segbert Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    City use, This will be a slide in unit for our dump beds.
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    What size truck?
    Is it equipped with central hydraulics?

    Would an under tailgate spreader work?
  5. segbert

    segbert Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    15cy tandem, the reason I didn't want to go hydraulic, is so I don't have to rely on one truck to run the spreader.
  6. segbert

    segbert Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Like I said, I'm new to this world. The only reason im making the purchase is mainly for safety reasons. We usually load up a flat bed trailer with sand, and have two guys on the back with shovels. I've talked to the city of Austin who just purchased a few Epoke tow-behind spreaders, and they said if they did it again that they would go with the slide-in V-Boxes. Feel free to throw suggestions, I'm all ears
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    Unless you plan on not securing the wiring for the Salter and just running it "loose" then your going to have a dedicated salt truck.
    I was never a fan of the pony motor salters, we had 3, and after the first year they continually had issues. I pushed to get them replaced with electric ones.
    Our one big international had a hydraulic u.t.s. and other then then hydro connectors, it never gave us issues.
  8. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,585

    The problem with gas engine units. The end of the season it gets parked and ignored like a red headed step child. Then when you need it, it requires repairs. Hydraulic units may need a hose end, but that's about it.
  9. segbert

    segbert Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    any on have any idea of how far I can go while spreading sand?

    I.E. 1cy= ??SF
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    How thick do you want to spread it?

    Try this:


    Numbers seem really high, I'm showing almost 16 yards to cover a 10' wide lane, 1 mile long at 1/10" thick. Probably right, though.

    You wouldn't spread it solid for the entire mile though.

    But it's a start.