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Sander ideas

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by sno king, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. sno king

    sno king Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Yesterday while staring at my sander throwin back a few coldones i was thing, and thought that if you could put a small cap or toneau cover on top of a sander insted of dealing with tarps and all the bull spit. Good or bad idea?
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    How easy would that be to take it off to load the sander?
  3. mrplowdude

    mrplowdude Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    I bought a fitted tarp. Its easy to put and take off. Bet yet is its real heavy duty. I'll get some pics

    NEUSWEDE Senior Member
    Messages: 949

    I have seen guys around here use hinges and plywood and do 2 pieces that flip up on top to cover and flip down when loading so anything that doesn't make it in the sander slides down the plywood and off the side instead of in the bed. I thought it was a good idea, keeps elements out and deflects material from rusting out the bed. Pretty cheep too!
    I will try and get pictures next time I see it.
  5. MJM Landscaping

    MJM Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 259

    I had a local canvas company make a fitted cover out of the same material as a heavy duty boat cover. They even doubled up the material at the corners and it has the same steel rings as a regular tarp. So far the absolute best $120 I have spent in a long time.

    P.S. I messed around with the tarps too. At 2:00 in the moring trying to mess with a tarp in the middle of a storm gets old quick. Well hell I don't have to tell you guys!:D

    NEUSWEDE Senior Member
    Messages: 949

    Mike was it that place on Warren Ave next to the Showroom?
  7. berkshiremnts

    berkshiremnts Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I've been using the plywood cover for a number of years. Made out of pt plywood, stainless hinges, with overlap strip in the middle. Quick and easy to open and close. Lowers as the sand is used up.
  8. sno king

    sno king Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    u dont think that opens enough?

  9. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    I own and run three sanders and we never tarp any of them. Any snow that gets in there won't bother a thing and them and the rain doesnt bother much either.

    What bothers them the most is leaving them sitting for extended periods and the sand packs down under its own weight and gets hung up. But that is going to happen either way.
  10. vis

    vis Senior Member
    from 4
    Messages: 324

    I disagree Dog. The last storm we had ended as about 2 hours of rain. rain/mix beating down into the sand in the hopper causes it to stick together easier, so you get eaiser bridging and uneven feeds to the conveyor.

    the best way is to get a tarp that fits the top of the sander with little or no overhang and DO NOT over tighten it to cause rips. It might flap a little while driving from job to job, but still nothing is getting in the sand while you are working.

    Nothing worse than having to get out in the rain/snow and having to be out there trying to get the bridging BS to stop poking it with a shovel handle... been there done that. lol

    If you get heavy duty fitted tarps and dont over tighten, its really not a hassle at all...although i really like the plywood idea because my guys spill sand into the beds regularly :angry:
  11. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    No, it wouldn't be for me. I use a tractor and Front End Loader. It would tear that thing up. How are you planning to load a sander with that?
  12. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    I think he was joking.
  13. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Probably, now that I go back and look at it again. Sometimes, it's hard to tell, though. I've read some stuff where I thought they had to be joking, only to find out they were serious. So, I tend to respond more in seriousness.
  14. nepmgmt

    nepmgmt Member
    Messages: 73

    it could work if u hinged on the side and used actuators to push it up to the side for loading it would look pretty weird tho going down the road
  15. MJM Landscaping

    MJM Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 259

    ya nueswede it twas nelson canvas. good guys too.