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snow sitting in vbox salt spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Guzzo856, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Guzzo856

    Guzzo856 Member
    Messages: 58

    if i have a foot or so of snow and dump salt into it will it still throw out salt , ot will it clog it up?
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I'd make sure it cleans out before you add anythng to it.
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I agree with JD. If you pile salt on top of snow and it's cold enough and in there long enough you'll have a block of ice binding the conveyor.
  4. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    I have made it a habit of turning on the v box a couple minutes before loading. My thoughts are; it clears out the snow/ice accmulation, if any moisture is frozen in/ on the bearings chains it is easier for it to break it free than with the extra friction with the salt on the drag chain & MOST IMPORTANT, make sure it all works properly, shoveling out 3 yards of salt to tke it in for service SUCKS:cry:. On the occasion I forget, if it gives me issues generally manually spinning the spiner (with power off) frees it up, if there are issues.
  5. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 634

    Something a lot of people do who plow snow for a living and rely on their equipment to work properly, is cover their Vbox spreaders. Just a thought.
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    It'd probably be alright but why chance it?

    I agree with others that said to run it before you load it.
  7. Brian in MO

    Brian in MO Junior Member
    from NE MO
    Messages: 29

    I don't know about salt, but I can tell you that sand will soak the moisture up and bridge over:angry:. At that point it becomes a shovel job, it only takes once and you will not let it happen again:nono:. btw I now own a tarp! I have never tried it with salt but I didn't think I would like shoveling it out any better than sand:D.