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Meyer Carbon Steel vs. Stainless Steel V-Box Spreader

Discussion in 'Meyer / Diamond Products Discussion' started by Lucky Star, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. Lucky Star

    Lucky Star Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Just wanting to find out what the main differences or advantages/disadvantages between the two are?? I'm wanting to buy a new spreader with the wireless controls and trying to figure out which to choose. Thanks for any help
  2. greywynd

    greywynd PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,370

    I'm not familiar with either of the spreaders you're asking about, but, there are general differences in steel vs SS.

    Steel will rust, but 'easy' to repaint if necessary.
    Steel tends to be cheaper initially.
    Easy to weld, drill, etc for modifications or repairs if needed.

    SS has no rust issues, but there can be issues with other forms of corrosion such as 'galvanic corrosion'.
    SS fasteners are more expensive and more difficult to locate when needed. They also tend to have thread issues if not assembled properly. (How often have you heard of SS bolts breaking when attempting to take them apart?)
    Much more difficult to weld or repair if necessary.

    It all boils down to how you run your business. If you do your own repair and maintenance, it's different than if you hire it done. Do you have intentions of keeping the unit long term, or maybe 3-4 years and then selling it and replacing? Will it get emptied, cleaned, washed and oiled after each use, or sit around for weeks with a partial load of salt and in a damp environment?
  3. Lucky Star

    Lucky Star Junior Member
    Messages: 29