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keeping sand in v box if it's covered?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by GSS LLC, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    I'm getting a 77 Ford single axle with a 6 yard Sander in it. I'm thinking, if I have a good tight fitting cover made for it, I could route the exhaust to the sander to warm it up ad I drive. Could I leave the sander filed and ready to go?
  2. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    Never tried or heard of routing the exhaust to the vbox. But without that..NOPE.
  3. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Never. Sand always seems to be wet which makes a HUGE ice cube that is elevated of the ground so the cold and wind can set in if not stored in a heated shop.
  4. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    Years ago we had 2 trucks that we ran the exhaust through the sander and it worked great but we kept it inside at night but the garage wasn't heated after about 20 minutes of driving time the sand was nice and warm. Been thinking about doing it to the truck I picked up last year but it's stainless and I'm not sure if I want to cut holes in it.
  5. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    What's the difference between my sand pile on the ground, covered by a tarp, and sand sitting in my sander covered with a tarp?
    My sand pile doesn't freeze.
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Yes but be careful if you have too tight a radius in the plumbing it will restrict back pressure
  7. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    True. I just don't understand how a pile of sand sitting on the ground won't freeze, but you put that same sand in a sander, it will freeze.
  8. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    It can/will...at least when its on the ground you can break it up with the bucket some before you put it in the spreader. Let it freeze up around the auger real good and see how that works out for you.
  9. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    It's called wind chill. The wind cannot get underneath/between the pile on the ground. The sand in your spreader which is elevated in your truck with more surface area exposed and a smaller quantity will freeze, starting at the bottom of the spreader where the smallest amount is.

    You can always try it. It will be lots of fun. Please post pictures. :)

    Not quite as easy as salt in a spreader and a couple of jugs of windshield washer fluid to help get it flowing either.