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Skid Steer Salt Spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Church Guy, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. Church Guy

    Church Guy Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Looking for anyone who has had experiences... good/bad - with skid steer mounted salt spreaders...

    did several searches on the site and didn't come up with any previous threads - if i missed please re-direct me.

    thanks much

    Paul
     
  2. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I can't remember the name of the place that makes them, but I've seen hydro powered units that replace the bucket on a skid steer, they are "self loading" by scooping their own salt, think the one I saw had like a 1-1.5 yard capacity, and worked pretty well, the only issue was controlling the spread pattern and the machine it was on was AUX on or off, had no valving to adjust speed, I think they added a limiter of some kind to the spreader itself. Also if memory serves(and it might not) visibility was an issue when the spreader was attached.
     
  3. Snowbeast

    Snowbeast Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Skid Steer Spreader

    Try www.skidsteersolutions.com - sounds like the unit. We modified a SnowEx 1575 for our S70 for walks it took a little work but the effort was worth it.
     
  4. ARW

    ARW Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 19

    Like this.

    We have used it and love it. We have bulk on hand at the job site....... scoop and spread.

    lll 010.jpg
     
  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,112

  6. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    Looks like what I was talking about except the one I was referig to had a much larger hopper. You can see why I'd mention difficulty in seeing where you're goign.
     
  7. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    much more efficient that salting sidewalks by hand
     
  8. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    is there an attachment for the back plate of a skidsteer? I'd like have that set up where you wouldn't have to disconnect the plow on the front of the machine, you'd be able to plow and salt at the same time
     
  9. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    I've seen the setup you're envisioning a few times, and every one of them has been a custom attachment. Never seen a "pre made" attachment for the rear of skid steers, as they are generally very different brand to brand.

    Good luck!
     
  10. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,963

    the link above has one for the rear.
     
  11. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    good catch. for some reason i studied that site for a half hour and did not notice the tow dolly set up lol
     
  12. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,963

    Not crazy about a tow dolly set up but its available. I'd prefer mounted.
     
  13. Goodnyou

    Goodnyou Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 7

    Old thread but I'm wondering snowbeast how you rigged up the spreader for the s 70. Currently running snow ex spreaders but usually go through a pallet or 2 per storm . This seems like a better way as I already have the machine . Thanks
     
  14. Snowbeast

    Snowbeast Junior Member
    Messages: 8

     
  15. Snowbeast

    Snowbeast Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Goodnyou. We modified a bobtach plate by welding a 2" receiver to it and used it to attach the spreader. We then reversed the spin on the spinner motor. That allowed for the material to be applied to the front of the machine. A small adjustment to the spinner guard helped direct the material directly onto the walk. We used two of these units for several years before buying a ventrac with a drop spreader. It saved us innumerable man hours and cut our salt usage by about 75% over hand spreading.
     
  16. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,523

    HLA make one too
     
  17. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,274

    I'd mount a drop spreader on the rear. Plow and salt at the same time.
     
  18. Goodnyou

    Goodnyou Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 7

    Thanks all . Drop spreader would be easiest. But it would make the machine too long . It is a sidewalk machine but many areas are under 5 ft wide with fences etc in the way . Many uturns wouldn't work . Snow beast was the machine a dedicated salter or did you run other attachments on it like a plow then switch to salting . How was it wired ?
     
  19. Mike_C

    Mike_C Senior Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 157

    I had a snowex 575 we mounted on a skidsteer for a couple seasons before I bought my RTV, worked great, my only complaint was taking it off/hooking it up so we could switch from plowing to salting. Beat the hell out of hand salting though