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Motorize a large DOT spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by bterry, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. bterry

    bterry Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    I'd like to know if any of you have successfully motorized a large v-box spreader, such as those that DOT's use. Namely an Air-Flow or Henderson unit. It's a 10' hydraulic unit driven from a central hydraulic set up.

    Basically I'd like to replace the hydraulic motor with a pulley and drive it with a 18 HP gas engine from a garden tractor.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    The only thing you could do is use the pony motor to run the hydro pump. You will still need the valving and controls.
  3. snow

    snow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 1,002

  4. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Northern Tools sells a hydraulic pump with a 12V clutch like an air conditioner compressor. We just installed one on our older bucket truck. Added a crank shaft pully and a belt. You could probably make up something like that . Cost us around $350 for the pump.
  5. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    While I'm sure it could be done,it's probably better to either get another unit,or hook it up properly.

    An underhood pump like stated above is an option.The spreader controls aren't that expensive either if you don't already have them.