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Snowex mini pro 575 questions?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by timtpa, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. timtpa

    timtpa Member
    Messages: 56

    I finally found a used Snowex mini pro 575 on my local craigslist. I have been looking for almost a year now and either couldnt afford it at the time or was an hour late. Anyway, the one I found yesterday almost seems too good to be true. I got it for $150 cash and it seems to be in decent condition. All of the wiring harness, controls, etc are there. I does have some rust on the metal parts especially the 10" spinner. The previous owner said it worked when he took it off, so for $150 I decided to give it a shot.

    1. I pretty much know where everything plugs/hooks into except for the pos. and neg wires. Do these go directly onto the battery? Does anything hook into any fuses?

    2. I noticed that the spinner doesent budge when I try to turn it by hand. Does this mean the motor or trans is siezed?

    I appreciate any help you all could give me. As you can tell I am not the most mechanically inclined, but really want to learn.

    Thanks again,

  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    Hope that helps, good luck
  3. timtpa

    timtpa Member
    Messages: 56

    Thanks Camden. Any idea what the problem could be? It has been sitting for a year or so, but I would think it would still turn. I wonder if some PB Blaster might help? It might turn into a project spreader! Maybe a tranny bearing or even a bad tranny! Any ideas are very much welcomed. Tim
  4. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    Try tapping the spinner the opposite way it spins, it maybe stuck due not being used, I know that after sitting all summer long that I'll have to tap mine to free it up then it works all season long. You got a steal there for the price.
  5. DRIFTER92

    DRIFTER92 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    its a good thing i didnt find that i have been scouring the list! :drinkup:
  6. timtpa

    timtpa Member
    Messages: 56

    I got lucky! It was posted at 5:24 and I picked it up at 6:15! The couple that I had found before were 400-550 range and cosmetically not as good as the one I found. They were also on the south side of indy and I think one was in carmel. Kind of a haul for me! Turns out the one I ended up getting for 150 was in middletown which was about 15 minutes from my house.
    I hope there isnt too much wrong with it. I tried turning it both directions, but it doesnt really want to move. Do you guys think some pb blaster or fluid film might help? I dont realy want to do any further damage.
    Anymore input would be great.

  7. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    I don't think there is a transmition in it to harm. The is just a direct drive to the spinner. I could be wrong but that is how my OLD 575 is. Mine has the slide gate to control the flow. Yes I would spray the heck out of it.
  8. timtpa

    timtpa Member
    Messages: 56

    Thanks everyone and keep the ideas coming!
  9. jblatti13

    jblatti13 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    i bought my plow truck last year and a 575 came with it. mine was 'locked up' at the time as well, guy had it sitting outside all summer and into fall, so it wasnt moved at all. yes the red/black from the unit go directly to battery 12v, and ground the black.

    i had taken mine aprt, motor and frame off of unit and was in the process of beating the H$LL out of it, when it just moved. soak that thing in lubricant or whatever, pry it each way, and it should go. they are made to move freely when the power is off. for 150 bucks, you got a helluva deal, dont worry about the lack of movement, it will free up. just get to work on it.
  10. DRIFTER92

    DRIFTER92 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    It's almost too good of a deal ya know? just hope some poor sap don't post a thread: "Missing my tailgate spreader" reminds me of a guy that comes around every once in a while selling tools REEEEEALLY cheap for a specific reason since they need cash right then.

    But if it was snagged i doubt it would have all the wiring ect.. maybe he didnt like yellow? :laughing:
  11. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    my 1075 dosent spin freely but when i turn motor on it works just fine
  12. timtpa

    timtpa Member
    Messages: 56

    Thats what I thought driving out to pick it up, but the guy seemed legit and lived in an upscale neighborhood. Who knows??? The casino is only about 5 minutes from his house. Maybe he likes the dice too much????
  13. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    When I got mine the guy was asking $150 but I got it for $75 the deals are out there you just have to be at the rite place at the rite time. As I stated before mine is so old it doesn't use a controller just a slide gate to control the flow, and a on off switch for power. A buddy told me his boss was cleaning shop and was thinking about getting rid of it, he had bought it at auction years before and never used it.
  14. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    odds are he didnt end up with all the wiring and controller because its a stolen unit, if it was just the hopper that would be another story. as for the spinner, doesnt really sound like a little PB buster will work. I would guess your motor is smoked. Only other thing and someone please correct me if im wrong but do these units have bearing??? I cant remember but I know my mini fisher needed a new bearing this winter because the other one had gotten rusty and seized up. GOOD LUCK
  15. The mayor

    The mayor Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    my 575 spins freely in both directions
  16. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    "All of the wiring harness, controls, etc are there." 1st post

    When I got mine the motor was a little hard to spin too. Soak it down with oil, penetrating fluid, whatever. It's worth a try. Worst case he needs a motor, he still got a great deal.
  17. ABsnow

    ABsnow Member
    Messages: 32

    Had the same problem with my spinner when I bought it. I put a little muscle into it to free it up by hand, it was just seized up from not being used. It works great now, so apparently I didn't cause any damage. I will tear it apart this spring to clean everything up though, may even have the frame repainted. Mine is 2 years old, just bought it this season with the truck so I doubt the previous owner did any preventive maintenance on it. My opinion is if you have to turn it hard enough to break it then it needed to be fixed anyway!
  18. matt7791

    matt7791 Member
    Messages: 36

    i would hook up a 50 amp fuse inline with the positive cable to the battery just in case
  19. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,106

  20. tattood_1

    tattood_1 Member
    Messages: 98

    If you get tired of messing with it I'll give you your money back. haha