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i have an idea

Discussion in 'DownEaster' started by bow2no1, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. bow2no1

    bow2no1 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    you know how some dump trucks run the exhaust through the box to keep the dirt from freezing up?

    i was thinking why not make a sander with canals on each side, filled with anti freeze, i think it could be heated with a block heater to keep the sand from freezing up inside.

    what do you guys think?
  2. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    How are you going to power the Block heater ???? It will most likely drain your battery down ...
  3. bow2no1

    bow2no1 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    that was the next thought,
    i have 2 batteries in my truck, i dunno if that would make a differance or not?

    i was thinking for thouse of us who do not have a heated garage to keep out truck in over night.
  4. Lawnman883

    Lawnman883 Member
    Messages: 85

    Well, i plug my truck in overngiht when its cold. The engine block heater and your idea would be similar idea except it would charge the battery rather then heating the engine?? maybe? lol
  5. bow2no1

    bow2no1 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    nope -1 for you
  6. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    I'm sure with some proper engineering etc it could be done. Another thing to consider would be the added weight.
  7. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    I have built stainless tube loop through a couple of sanders and ran my heater hose to them from truck. THis did two things kept my truck from running hot becuase of the added 4 gallons of antifreeze and kept my straight sand from freezing.
  8. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,039

    What about heat tape like on roofs to prevent ice build up. Minus the liquid......still have a power issue. It seems to me the problem exist when sitting, not out driving around. Plug it during overnights.....down time or what not.
  9. bow2no1

    bow2no1 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    i like it, but one would need some type of easy disconnect. without getting air into the system. for easy removal of the sander. unless you leave it in all winter?

    that was my original thoughts. just for use when the truck is not being used over night. that's pretty much when the freezing accrues..
    i don't really see the need for the sander to be heated when in use
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2009
  10. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420