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TC160 spreader problems?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by paul.b, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. paul.b

    paul.b Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    We run Truck Craft TC 160 salt spreaders on our dumps. Right now 3 of our 4 are having issues with the control boxes overloading on amperage and throwing a safety shut off. It seems to only happen after you dump the salt back and have the spreader tray completely full. After you run about half of the salt out the tray, the spreader functions normally. We've eliminated any kind of mechanical failure, nothing seems to be bent or bound, all electrical drive motors seem to be ok, (we've even had one of them rebuilt just in case). We can overcome the safety shut off by quickly shutting the auger off and turning it back on repeatedly before the safety triggers, but it is quite a pain. I can take the good controller and swap it into one of the trucks that fails and if functions flawlessly, which seems to confirm the lack of mechanical failure. We limped through last winter, but looking ahead to the one coming, not something we want to do again. Has anyone else had any issues with this, or any suggestions on what could be going wrong? Sending them to the manufacture for repair is possible, but rather expensive.... Any thoughts are appreciated!!
  2. FourDiamond

    FourDiamond Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    First you need to determine how many amps the unit draws on peak load, and when the peak load exists. Compare that to the maximum amp rating of the control box. If the amps exceeds the max rating, then why is it exceeding it ? If the amp draw is less than the max rating, the issue is the controller. Just a guess on the amp draw exceeding the rating, first poor wiring connections, second internal electric motor winding issues, and last just too much work for the controller to handle.