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Is there a tailgate spreader use bulk salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by DodgeRam1996, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. DodgeRam1996

    DodgeRam1996 Senior Member
    Messages: 100

    Is there a tailgate spreader that can use bulk salt?

    or the salt/sand mix that hoppers run?

    Last edited: Jan 7, 2010
  2. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206


    Our Snowex 1875 with auger and vibrator works well. BUT the salt must be kept perfectly dry in cold indoor storage. No exposure to outside moisture. You can't just go to your local bulk dealer that just throws a tarp over the top . In a dry building. We get our bulk salt directly from the mine (2 hours away), dropped on our door step and loaded that day into the building.
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    My Westen 1000 will spread it if it is dry or just a little wet
  4. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    My Western ProFlo2 handles bulk every day no problem. Last year we ran out of salt around here so I was forced to spread wet sand/salt, again no problem.

    You need a two-stage machine or a really good vibrator.
  5. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Airflow SS


    Derek, I had a Pro Flow 2 once and the salt would sometimes bridge in the unit.
  6. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    I would almost be bold enough to say that any two stage will handle bulk and mixes. I know from experience the Air-flo MSS does both, and even wet bulk was never a problem.
  7. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    snow ex 1075 does
  8. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    The only time I get any bridging is when I leave a load in the spreader too long... otherwise its never a problem for me.
  9. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    Yes my Snowex Mini-Pro 575 will and does. My salt is stored under a lean-to covered with a tarp works just fine even with out a vibrator. Don't get me wrong it would throw bagged salt better, however I spend a third on bulk than what I would pay for bagged salt.