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V - Box spreaders - Looking for recommendations!

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by RonWin, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. RonWin

    RonWin Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I have a f350 /w 8' box and am looking for a vbox spreader that would not jeopardize my line of sight and not add considerable length. I have around 15-20 clients and only a couple lots roughly 5,000 sf. As far as the box itself I do not know, what I do not know. Ive never had a spreader before but hear electric is the way to go? Stainless as well? I am turned off to the poly casters as it seems that all line of sight out of the back window is lost. I have a lot of tight spots I have to be in and out with the drives that I have. Is there a compact vbox spreader that allows for my needs?

    There is a western/fisher dealer that is closest to me but if these spreaders don't usually run into a lot of problems then a close proximity dealer might not be necessary?

    any recommendations would be great, looking to avoid push spreading all my drives
  2. RonWin

    RonWin Senior Member
    Messages: 106

  3. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Snowex's frames rust pretty quick, I would go saltdogg, boss, or western poly vbox
  4. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    Saltdogg shpe1500
  5. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    That's a good unit, we had one since 2004 and just sold it last year and is still running. It didn't work well for us anymore loading with a 1 yard bucket that's 7' wide. The others are taller and block your back window.
  6. RonWin

    RonWin Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    Sp 3000 is 4300+tax from local dealer and salt Dogg is 3300k with shipping and no tax online. Seems no reason to go snow ex
  7. RonWin

    RonWin Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    3000*k flat
  8. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

  9. rblake

    rblake Senior Member
    from dayton
    Messages: 293

    check out the hiniker electric auger spreaders. Just bought three of them. use to have gas chain driven highway models.
  10. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    That snow ex 3000 is the absolute worst spreader ive ever owned!!!!!!!!
  11. SnowGuy

    SnowGuy Senior Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 201

    Go with the salt dogg, we have 3 and love them.
  12. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Electric with drag chains not a augur...

    Swenson little more money but worth it..

    We love our Boss vbx as well.. own 2 of those.
  13. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    He would have zero sight through the back window with that unit. It's what I have, and I have to rely on my side mirrors for everything.
  14. bayfish

    bayfish Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    You also plow with a 2wd dually. I have an 08 F350 flatbed with a 8.6 Boss. Plows great with weight in the back.
  15. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    I think most vboxes will block a good portion if they have any decent capacity. If it were me I would be more concerned with getting the best spreader for my needs, and if visibility was a big factor I would buy a cheap back up camera and monitor.
  16. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    A 3/4 yard box would be about the biggest you'd get away with to not totally block vision.
  17. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Is there really a v box that doesn't block your rear view to some degree. Check out Downeaster, they make several smaller to 2.5 yard electric v boxes. But it will all depend on how much salting you do, no sense in getting a tiny 3/4 or 1.5 yard spreader if you need to put down twice that much after a storm unless you don't mind filling up 2-3 times. Ive had absolutely zero issues with my Downeaster electric poly 2 yard and i bet it's got close to probably 400 tons through it. Last I talked to Downeaster he said they are discontinuing their poly model for some reason, maybe you could find one for cheaper.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2014
  18. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Yes you're right They discontinued it last year. They are a great company just a few miles up the road from me.
  19. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Its too bad they discontinued it, wonder why with more "popular" brands going to poly. I liked the lids! Im sure there are a few dealers out there that still have some. Im looking into the 2.5 yard with built in pre treat if the price is right.
  20. Golden Boy

    Golden Boy Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 15

    Why does it need to be a v-box. Get a large tailgate spreader and that would take care of the visibility issue. Snowex s sp-1875 would run bulk if that's the allure of a v-box