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SnoEx 7550/8500

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by IA snoman, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. IA snoman

    IA snoman Senior Member
    from Ia
    Messages: 153

    Does anybody own one of these spreaders? I did see one in person but am still not very well informed about them. At first I thought the auger was supposed to be better than chains or belts. Now I did read that the auger doesn't spread sand very well and although I spread salt some people still want sand so I need the ability for both. Look forward to any and all comments on these units.
  2. jjmcnace

    jjmcnace Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 64

    I have the 7500 and have spread literally tons of sand with mine. You do have to run the vibrator to get the sand to flow to the auger. I love mine.

    I also spread bagged Ice Melt/rocksalt with it. I do have to dump my bags out towards the front of the vbox to keep the salt from flowing right out the back. The new 7550 has a little different setup to help prevent this I think its a baffle of some kind. I think this baffle must be removed to spread sand though.
  3. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i use to own the 8000.... i wasnt inpressed

    the7500 i think is similar to the 8000

    the 8500 is a completely different design , i cant comment on it
  4. turbo5560

    turbo5560 Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    i have the 8500 that i bought new this year and i love it... works great. I've put about 45-50 tons through it with great success this season. I would recommend them to anyone.
  5. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    Be ready to buy a new controller at the worst time. If I bought on I would buy a new controller from Karrier Company just to be ready for when it does die on you.

    Regards Mike
  6. IA snoman

    IA snoman Senior Member
    from Ia
    Messages: 153

    What kind of material are u spreading? And how much did it cost you. I saw one on Ebay for $7400 but thought that sounded high.
  7. jjmcnace

    jjmcnace Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 64

    My 7500 was around 5000-5500 installed last winter.
  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    i have one 7500 and it came with an upgraded baffle...maybe you should check and see if one was avaiable for free to you
  9. johndeereguy

    johndeereguy Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 158

    Give John Conrads at City Tractor in Coralville, IA. a call. Its the John Deere dealer next to the mall there. I bought my 7500 last Dec. from him for $4500 installed. I know he has them in stock. Tell him I sent ya. His number is 319-625-3105