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ice o way any good???

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by sparksrides, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. sparksrides

    sparksrides Senior Member
    Messages: 162

    anyone run ice o way v box spreaders i have a chance to pick up a 2001 gas powered v box and wanted to know what to look for and if they are any good
  2. bam

    bam Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 201

    we have nine of them currently. All are stainless units with a 9 or maybe 10 HP briggs intek engine.

    they are extremely well built. Maintenance is the key for keeping any spreader in good working order. after a snow event, we wash the unit off, conveyor, engine, etc. and then lube and grease everything well. We have different drivers and jobsites, so some of the nine are maintained well and are ready to go throughout the year, while some that don't get washed and lubed, need a bit of work in the off season.

    We also unload, unused salt after an event. Salt can freeze up in the hopper, if left for extended periods and based on how much moisture is in the air. Then, if you run the spreader, it can cause undo stress on the engine, and possibly break a chain, etc.

    If its a mild steel unit, look to see how much corrosion is on it. If its stainless, check out the engine, and conveyor for life that is left on it.

    There are two #40 chains to turn the gearbox for the conveyor and for the spinner. Conveyor is large chain, make sure it is free and moving.

    Start the engine. A replacement these days for a 9 HP BS intek is at least $800.

    The other "wear" item is the pillow block bearings. Again greasing these regularly will reduce replacements, but running salt thru the unit will wear out the bearings over time.

    I can't stress enough after storm maintenance on the spreader. Washing by hose, or preferably with a pressure washer will remove a lot of the salt residue and spraying down engine parts and metal items with lubricant will greatly reduce wear on the unit.
  3. sparksrides

    sparksrides Senior Member
    Messages: 162

    thanks for the input what I'm going to look at is a 2001 steel unit that has bin stored inside it has not bin used since 2004 it comes with a spare motor and in cab controls. the price is $550