under tailgate vs v box spreader

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by boba, Jan 23, 2001.

  1. boba

    boba Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    In my continuing search for a new spreader how does the under tailgate compare to a v box spreader? Cost of one vs other? ease of operation? Durability? Which ever one I buy will be used on a ford F350 dump.
  2. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    Well I was looking into the truck craft tailgate spreader and it was about $4K seamed pretty pricy for what is was. but you would get more volume and it would be easier to clean.
  3. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    You are going to spend abour 4 K for an under the tailgate model by the time ya get the hydro and spreader set up on the truck.

    On today's newer trucks if your trans doesn't have a PTO it is going to be hard to install a Under the tailgate.

    Use of truck all season
    Easier to remover under the trailgate spreader than V-box.
    Easier to load truck
    Can carry a little more materia

    Con's have to raise body to spread, can sometimes hit stuff when doing this.

    Use electric valves or you will need to run hydro lines inside your cab, you cab will become a two seater.


    Cost about 3 to 4K

    Harder to remove from the truck

    weighs more than under the tailgate

    easier to install.

    If your truck has a PTO on the trans the install is easy. If you have to do a belt driven pump, hope you have a lot of space under the hood.

    Do a search and you will find plenty more.

  4. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    My personal choice, if I could have only one spreader, and was going to have it on a truck that already had a dump body, would be undertailgate. As it is I have both, undergate on a dump truck and vee box in a 3/4 ton pickup. Due to the better maneuverability of the pickup I can ususally spread faster, but I have to make several trips to the stockpile. With the dumptruck I can haul 5 tons per load and only have to load up about once every other run. There is no plow on the big truck (yet, still) so using it requires a second trip over the route. Used to have the spreader on an F-350 dump, hydraulics were from a clutch pump, worked fine other than capacity was reduced to what the truck was comfortable with, about 3 tons max.