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Western and Fisher model 1000 Spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Fryesburg, Dec 26, 2003.

  1. Fryesburg

    Fryesburg Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I am thinking of getting either a Fisher or Western 1000 Spreader.
    Do I need to spend the extra for the variable speed control?
    Can I make a variable speed control?
    Should I get the trailer hitch mount or go with the bumber mount?
    Are these good spreaders?
    CAn I mix salt and sand and will it spread it well?
  2. elite1

    elite1 Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    I Don't Know if you got your spreader yet. I helped install a wester 1000 spreader on a friends dump truck to day.

    He bought it used, and it only came with the on/off switch. Because the spinner sits up higher, it throws it farther. We didn't use the control panel because we had empty switches on an existing control panel. I set one up to run on max, and another to run at about 75%. The max, thought the salt about 12 feet on each side of the truck. The lower setting through it about 6 feet. I would spend the money, and get a var. speed control, unless you know how to do wiring like I did (cost less than $20).

    As for the rest of the unit I could not say how well it works, but I will let you know.

    This one is a swing out model. The dump truck that it is on doesn't have fold down sides, to load pallets of salt. We made modified brackets for it, to work on a dump truck. We can swing the spreader and use the bob-cat to load pallets.

    A person that I know (dealer) told me that the swing out normally gets bent and is more of a pain than it is worth, unless you truly need to get something out of the back, like a large snow thrower.