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MJM Landscaping Inc

Junior Member
Need some help here.
Couple of weeks ago I got my first order of mountain magic. I only had a chance to use it once on a limited basis. I use meyer/buyer tailgate spreaders. The problem I found is the magic will not spread it would clump. Not like regular salt when it gets wet and solidifies. About evry 10-15 ft I was getting out of the truck and knocking the magic down the spreader. It just would not slide down the spreader on its own. My observations tell me its because the product is wet or I should say moist compared to rock and calcium. I know most of you guys use bulk salt but has anyone had this problem with either sprayed magic or the bagged. I have heard such good things about this product, I sure hope I can come up with a solution. I purchased 6 pallets of the stuff.

Thanks for any help!


Mark A Musolf
 

Winterworks

PlowSite.com Veteran
I have a buyers (tractionmaster up here)and we were using Magic in it most of the year with none of the problems you mentioned. I actually found that the Magic worked better than the bagged regular salt as it did not clump as easily and it was lubed so to speak. Maybe you received a few bad bags? I would still be using it if I could find it.

Pat
 

John DiMartino

PlowSite.com Veteran
Location
Walden,NY
Maybe try cleaning the hopper and shooting some silicone spray or wd40 on the inside before you fill it. I dont know if it'll help,but with 6 pallets left,you had better find a way to use it.I use it in a V-box-so i dont have any of those problems.
 

plowking35

2000 Club Member
Location
SE CT
Its my experience that single stage spreaders just are not worth the hassle, but try a vibrator kit for it. That will keep the material from clogging. Also you could try and make the bottom hole a little larger, that may let the material flow easier.
Dino
 

BRIMOW525

Senior Member
Location
Delaware
We have a buyers spreader and use solar salt for parking lots only. The only problem we have is big chunks of salt stopping the auger. Where do u store the salt? Do you have a lid for the speader. Moisture really screws up the salt...esp when you need it the most.
 

plowking35

2000 Club Member
Location
SE CT
Well aside from a few adult sites, I think any distributor can get them.
Alan bought one a while back, and he may know a direct dealer to consumer place of purchase.
Dino
 

Alan

PlowSite.com Addict
If there is a TrynEx dealer near you they offer a vibrator kit for their SnowEx line of spreaders. I think they are generic enough to fit any brand as long as there is a falt area on the lower, tapered portion of the hopper. I put one on my SnowEx and it did wonders for the way the spreader works. I can run anything that is small enough to not jam the feed auger, up to and including wet sand and Magic salt.
 

John DiMartino

PlowSite.com Veteran
Location
Walden,NY
We need snow bad-you guys are a riot.What colors do the vibrators come in?I bet you would be the talk of the towm with 2 'adult store type" strapped to the spreader humming away while you spread.I could see it now,im going to fall out of my chair!
 

John Allin

PlowSite.com Addict
Location
Erie, PA
I gotta go now.
Peggy just walked in and told me I have to stop playing and do some paperwork.
I hate when that happens.
I tried to tell her that I AM working, but she isn't buying it.
 

BRL

PlowSite.com - Veteran
Location
Somerset, NJ
OK here is an alternative to buying the expensive salt spreader vibrators if you are mechanically inclined. Buy a used starter motor, mount it to the spreader, mount a piece of metal to the shaft that spins in such a way that it is unbalanced, connect switched electric to it & shake that salt down the hatch. I can give you better details if you want, just have to talk to the 2 guys that I know with this set up.
 
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