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What are some of the most creative, stable, ease of install and uninstall that any of you have came up with for v box salters in regular 1 ton pickup beds. Does anyone take it out after each storm to clean? Should I bolt it to the frame through the bed?
Well my concern for bolting it down(like the instructions say) is because it will also be a well used plow truck, and I plow with extreme productive results- you know -hard and with a little bit of speed, so some of the snowbanks stop me fast, should this concern be much.
Well if you have it in a dump body i would weld on a round steel stock on both sides of it mayby have to weld an angle line across. and use the dump gate hooks to hold it down then just strap the front and you will have no problems.
I use a bobcat to load and unload my sander. Another good way is to have a welder make a swing set design, where you can back the truck up under the swing set, do not use a regular swing set, will not hold the weight of the sander. Hook a chain hoist to pick the sander up and down. Hope this helps.
When washing a spreader, volume of water is what is needed, not pressure. We use city water through a 1" garden hose. We like to wash off the trucks, cause you can then get the channel under the spreader that the chain rides in. We back uner the rack, and then use the ratchet straps to lift the spreader off the truck. Then we just drop it back down, and we are all set. With magic this year, we hope to reduce the amount of washing needed.
Dino, if you want a really great washdown rig try a booster pump. I've got one that makes 150 PSI on top of your city pressure, so maybe 185-190, and 7 gallons a minute. That thing works great. I'm halfways tempted to rig it to a hot water tank, turn the control up a bit over normal settings and have really HOT water to work with.
It takes us about 1 hour per truck, but that includes washing the truck itself. If it was just the spreader, its about an 1/2 hr. I do like the hot water idea, and I do have that at my dada house, but not the pressure or the rack. If its very cold we wait, most times we wait till the at least temps are in the 40's
John, the booster pump is widely used in the dairy industry for washing down milking parlors and barns. Yes, 110 volt, and they are available in a lot of delivery pressure/flow rates. I got this one from Graingers, bought it from one of their online auctions of overstocks and discontinued items. If you're in farm country a farm supply house should know what you're talking about. If you have a Grainger catalog they are listed under Pumps, Pressure Booster. Grainger also has a hose rated for 150 PSI, which seems ot be able to stand the pressure.
Their catalog is about 3,600 pages. Over 4,000 with the index. There's a Grainger up the road from me, in Clifton. Great prices too. I order online, then go pick it up. I might add they won't sell to the public. You need to pay with a company check, at least the first time. Then you can pay however you want after that. If anyone here hasn't heard of them, then you better check them out, because they literally have TONS of stuff, and great prices.
Whatever you do, make sure you bolt and strap it to the truck. We rest the spreader on three 2x4 and bolt right threw them. This make it easy to wash under the spreader. The reason I recommend bolting to the truck, about 4 years ago our spreader was NOT bolted down, it was straped to truck on a plastic bed liner with about 1 ton of salt. Bed liners our very slippery, somehow the spreader started to move around on the liner and with the weight of the salt, it ripped the hooks right out of the floor of the truck and the spreader landed completely on the road. The controls were sitting on the seat and they went through the rear window and the spinner and the shute were slightly bent. Other than that, and having to shovel out a ton of salt, the spreader still worked.
John, cleaning under the decks was the main reason I bought my pump. If you can get the deck up so you can get under there with the nozzle, once you get a spot washed off you can just peel the gunk off the rest of the deck.