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Spreader help...

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by somervillelawn, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. somervillelawn

    somervillelawn Member
    Messages: 61

    I just hooked up my new tailgate spreader and noticed that the spreader doesnt flow evenly. I had to keep getting out and hitting the salter to get the salt out, it would dump a bunch and then when I get back in the truck it stops again. Is there anything I can do to help it flow even. The salt was dry.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. Michigansnowkin

    Michigansnowkin Member
    Messages: 75

    What kind of spreader is it? do you have a vibrator kit on it?
  3. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Vibrator kit would be best sounds like to me.
  4. Chipmunk

    Chipmunk Member
    Messages: 48

    We have the same problem with our Western Low Pro. Especially with Calcium Chloride. That stuff gets wet even when covered with a tarp, so it sticks together and burrows a hole quicker than you can say damn it, lol.
    That and the motor isn't strong enough to turn the shaft if you have it filled up with the wet stuff.

    What we do for now with those spreaders if have someone in the back with a shovel. Start off with a few shovel fulls and keep throwing shovel fulls into it. Shaking it as we go if need be. But IMO, looks unprofessional. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

    Of course, all that could be fixed with a vibrator.
  5. somervillelawn

    somervillelawn Member
    Messages: 61

    Thanks guys, i'll try to find a vibrator kit. It's frustrating that I bought a tailgate spreader to speed up push spreading salt and I ended up having to push spread it anyways because it was faster than getting out every 20 yards and kicking the spreader. :dizzy:
  6. Chipmunk

    Chipmunk Member
    Messages: 48

    If it makes you feel better, I know exactly how you feel, lol. Unfortunately, we have yet to buy a vibrator so I can't tell you if it worked out or not. I'm confident it will though.
    After we bought our dump truck, we quit using the tailgate spreader, lol.

    Sometimes, you feel like you want to get out and :gunsfiring: the damn thing. hehe
  7. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    Been there, done that. Bite the bullet and get a vib., you wont regret it.