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Tips to jump a stuck conveyer?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by jimhoff, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. jimhoff

    jimhoff Junior Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 12

    I like the PolyCaster, but the conveyor does not want to power up and start under the weight of a fresh one-ton load. The conveyor is adjusted correctly and does not slip, it just tries to budge, can't move, and I get a red error light on the controller.

    The first time I dug all I could out of the exit chute and it finally started after many tries.

    The second time I went over some bumps, worked the brakes, dug out the exit chute, and it finally started after many tries.

    One time I just kept trying the start button and it finally started.

    What do you think and what have you experienced about the following ideas?

    1] Point the truck up and then down a steep ramp whilst trying to start it....

    2] Buy sand the day before I need it and park in a hot garage....

    3] Hook 2 batteries in series for a quick 24-volt jump-start directly to the motor--I especially like this one, and the manual does not say anything about voiding the warrantee if you do this ;) ....

    4] Leave the spreader running while it's being loaded....

    5] Modify the controller for reverse--so I can "rock it" unstuck....

    6] Inverted v plate over the conveyor area....

    7] Vibrator....

    Any other things I should try?
  2. GSE

    GSE Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    8] Read this thread since the only difference is the Tornado is Red and the Polycaster is yellow. http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=37426

    In all seriousness, I don't own either but I read through this thread and it seems like DD might have missed the boat with this spreader.
  3. jimhoff

    jimhoff Junior Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 12

    I tried leaving the sander running as the loader dumped in the load. Other than the equipment operator giving me a wierd look, then telling me I left the spreader running, it didn't stall. The 10-foot loader bucket spilled more off the back of the 6-foot hopper than the spreader lost running while being loaded. I was spot-on the 8200 GVWR at 3/4 full damp road sand.
  4. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    I would junk the thing and get an Snoway Stainless Electric.with a real drag chain. I can run Salt Salt/Sand or straight sand and have never had a problem. They make them as small as 5ft long to 8ft long.
  5. payton

    payton Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    forward retreat sounds like the best idea..

    i wouldnt try and jump it 24v.

    also like the upside V idea should be simple nuff
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Consider contacting Karrer/Sure flow, their link is on the top of the page. They claim their controllers and harness are better the OEM and have a "Jackhammer" start feature that's suppose to solve that problem.