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SnowEx vs. Western Tornado

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by monty5186, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. monty5186

    monty5186 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Hi All,

    I am looking to purchase a new spreader in a couple weeks and want to get some opinions on the western tornado spreader. I have a Snowex 8500 already on one of my trucks and love it, however dealers now want $6,000. (installed). I was thinking about going with the 1.8 yard Western Tornado which would run me 5,195.00, I just don't know how reliable they are compared to the Snowex.

    Any thoughts would appreciated.

    Thank you.

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,556

    I like the tornado and it runs good for me but in your case for the price difference
    You can't beat having the twin to what you have That gives you redundancy in your operation
    And that can be priceless. You now can stock some extra parts and cover both spreaders. Also in the event of a controller breakdown you can always swap

    everything is interchangeable that's worth it IMO
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Two different animals, one belt drive, one auger drive.

    Stick with what you KNOW you like. Save possible disappointment and savor the redundancies, as said in earlier post nice to have all the same equipment makes it much easier/cheaper to carry a spare part or two
  4. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Install it yourself and save $$, its just pulling wires and you even have a template to follow.
  5. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    I would stick with the same setup, and like also said installing plows, salters and dump inserts is the very simple. Pull a few wires and hook it all up the way you want it to be. The money you save installing yourself will shrink the difference between the 2 units as well.
  6. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    We just got a Swenson Polyhawk 2yd. electric and love it
  7. monty5186

    monty5186 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for all the advice. I will be going with another SnowEx due to the reasons listed above. I am from Stamford, CT does anyone have a SnowEx dealer they recommend? Most of the dealers around here want 6,400 for a 8500 model uninstalled.
  8. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    What size are you buying? The 8500 series?
  9. juspayme

    juspayme Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    i have the 1.8 its great. I just bought another but the 1.5 no real problems , keep an couple extra belt for the spinner though.