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Most reliable, longest lasting salt spreader.

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by bcbrouwer, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. bcbrouwer

    bcbrouwer Member
    Messages: 45

    Most reliable, longest lasting salt spreader: Fisher or Meyer?

    Not sure this thread belongs here, but here it is anyway. I 'may' be purchasing a 4-5 yard salter in the future. I have narrowed it down to 2 brands which dealers are close to me for parts etc.

    1) Fisher pro-caster (its a bit small, but rounded yards claimed is 4.1)

    2) Meyer MDV 4.5 cubic yard s.s spreader. Side extensions add about 2 yards as well (6.5).

    Im sure there are others, I may not be able to get parts close by for them, but what other manufactures make a durable and functional spreader?

    out of these 2, pretend price has no effect (which it does, I just want to know what is the better spreader money aside) which would be the best to use for commercial lots and years of service? I will probably go with a drag chain as well.

    Thanks for any replies and help!


    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013
  2. joeyg999

    joeyg999 Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 79


    I grew up using fisher plows and spreaders (east coast) and really wish there was some better dealers in Kansas. The dealer support is key though so pick your brand and your dealer. It really sucks when the dealer you like does not carry the product you want.
  3. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    They all suck...Salt destroy's everything...its all up to the maintenance...wash it out as much as possible and keeo everything greased...
  4. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Have you looked at Monroe, Swenson, Bonell, Downeaster. As far as parts go for these and getting them. If its Engine related I'm sure any dealer that sells that brand of engine can get you parts. If you need a drag chain I wouldn't go to the dealer they will hose you on price. A industrial shop would be better. Not much too these other then bearings chains gears etc.
  5. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    I've heard the opposite. Washing them all the time makes the chain rust faster. Best off to just brush off the salt and oil the chain frequently. Then thoroughly clean chain at end if season and oil it.
  6. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing Senior Member
    Messages: 718

    Don't forget the fluid film!
  7. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Nop didn't forget.

  8. daniel1

    daniel1 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Just a couple things on parts availability and a suggestion on brand. After years of having to wait for dealers/parts suppliers to open and then take time out to pick up needed items, I stock every part that has the capability to prevent me from spreading if it breaks or malfunctions. It's the best change I've made to our winter program and great piece of mind. I figure if I'm spending $8,000 on a spreader the $750 on vulnerable parts is worth it. That is why I wouldn't let location of a dealer/parts supplier affect your purchase. If your willing to spend a large amount for reliability and years of service, Epoke is the way to go. I'm talking serious money though, so Fisher or Meyer are probably more in line and I'm sure will offer years of service given proper maintenance. Having master links on hand for drag chains is a great idea. Relays are good to have also.
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    I know of one contractor having MAJOR issues with a MDV. He's active on the site maybe he'll chime in.

    As for washing the unit if it is heavily coated with Fluid Film than there really isn't anything corroding to wash away. We clean, rinse with salt-A-way then coat with Fluid Film.
  10. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    You must be talking small 2 yard spreaders. Wont get much for $750 on a big spreader.

    Are you talking about the Electric MDVs I heard of a few issues on here?

    Have you tried any of that Rhomar Industries stuff? Looks good but they want a kidney and or left leg for the stuff.
  11. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 786

    We run henderson spreaders. I recommend spending the extra money on stainless clutch chains, as far as the conveyor, whether you wash it out or not plan on eating one every few years.
  12. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Grassman, Swenson makes the Meyer MDV. So he can check, but it's the same spreader.

    As for the MDV, the jury is out. DO NOT under ANY circumstances purchase the one with the auger. IMO and experience. Not just because they took mine back, either. But it will not spread enough salt under ALL conditions. When mine worked, it worked great for a half inch at 30* and no snow in the forecast. 10*, snow coming at an inch an hour, it would never put down enough salt to keep me happy.

    The conveyor chain replacement is mulch better, with the adjustable gate. If I can get the spinner to actually distribute the salt wider than the truck, all will be great.

    Hadn't seen this one before basher. Here now.
  13. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Sorry I was confused. I was thinking this unit had issues
  14. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    From what I was told by the great folks at ESI, those have been problem free.
  15. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    dbl post.......
  16. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    They look nice.. And expensive.
  17. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    quality and cheap are not synonymouspayup
  18. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    LOL ture. Its a rarity. Any idea how much that baby starts at?
  19. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    Go with an undertailgate ss swenson, few moving parts,can carry whatever your truck can. Why spend big bucks on a hopper when you have a dump? I paid 4300 for mine.
  20. banonea

    banonea PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    I just got a new Tornado and I think it is the best thing in the world. I don't know if they make something that big but I guess they would. and the price was great. I have ran 10 ton with it in 2 days and I love it. I have a question, What is fluid film?