Snow ex new helix salt spreader

Discussion in 'SnowEx Products' started by Shop's Lawn, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Shop's Lawn

    Shop's Lawn Senior Member
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    We are looking to buy 2 new salt spreaders for this season.
    Anyone have experience with the new helixx spreader ?
    Pros, cons, or what you think of them ?

    Thanks much
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    The patent-pending corkscrew – or “helix” – design of the HELIXX material delivery system is optimized for efficient and cost-effective use of salt and was designed to operate in the target range for salt spreading best practices.

    These are cool buzz words...what do they mean?

    Gotta love marketing gurus spewing BS without any explanation.
  3. cwren2472

    cwren2472 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Powers Through Material
    What’s the biggest pet peeve for any spreader operator? Clogs. No one wants to get out of the warm cab and start chipping away at material to keep it flowing. It’s annoying. It wastes time. It wastes money. Enter the exclusive HELIXX material delivery system. Unlike anything else on the market, the HELIXX transfers the entire column of material in the hopper. Combined with the multi-dimensional tub design and vibrator, these spreaders reduce clogs and deliver better flow than those with traditional augers.


    I.e. - their auger is more auger-y than other augers.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
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  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Silly me...what was I thinking?
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  5. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite Fanatic
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    New products take a wait and see approach ...That’s my mantra...Let someone else be the crash test dummy...
  6. cjames808

    cjames808 Senior Member
    from SE WI
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    I wonder if they test them enough. Put a little asphalt chunks and gravel. Blocks of ice or salt licks.

    I’ll show them how to jam them up.
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  7. chachi1984

    chachi1984 Senior Member
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    Leaving salt in any hopper is going to jam up.
    Chunks don’t usually done get past the baffle anyways. Never have a problem with a fresh load of salt. Have both 7550 and 8500
  8. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
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    I tried to order one. Unfortunately not available until mid Dec in our market. Too late for our needs.
  9. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Lol Mid December.
    I believe boss or someone released a plow or something mid winter a few years ago. I can't find it though
  10. Thrifty Garage

    Thrifty Garage Junior Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 29

    My supplier quoted me $5,849 for the 1.5 cu yd Helixx and $6,849 for the 2.25 cu yd. They said the V Max spreaders have been phased out. Looks like the 'corkscrew design would help prevent clogs. But wouldn't it get clogged at the chute? I guess it may prevent binding of the auger.

    I will say the Stainless Steel Frame should help prevent the rust the previous models were prone to after 3-5 years.

    On a side note how does everybody like the new 'Dual Variable-Speed Control. I'm not a fan, hard to see the lights during the day and I tend to operate my equipment with feel while plowing. The knob isn't actually connected but electronic.
  11. DeVries

    DeVries 2000 Club Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 2,647

    That controller looks just like the fisher/western. Snow ex under the same umbrella?
  12. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
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    Douglas Dynamics
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  13. Thrifty Garage

    Thrifty Garage Junior Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 29

    Yes, as mentioned above Blizzard, Fisher, SnowEx and Western are all under Douglas Dynamics.

    I found a video of the corkscrew system. Seriously, nobody has any experience with this system? I don't really want to be a guinea pig but may have to be if I decide to go with an in-bed salter over the tailgate spreader.
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    They are? Since when?

    I may be going out on a limb here, but if they're new, how would anyone have experience with them?
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  15. seville009

    seville009 Addict
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  16. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Just like when they ask how a brand new truck looks with X plow
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  17. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite Fanatic
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    It looks like the guy in the video might have some experience with it.
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  18. cwren2472

    cwren2472 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Is an X plow twice as versatile as a V plow?
  19. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Because it's made of 2 Vees?
  20. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    You mean they guy from SnowEx?