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What is wrong with my Western Tornado?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Ropinghorns, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    I decided to start a new thread on this since I do not have any experience with spreaders.
    It was raining out so I filled my new found Tornado half full of sand since that is what I will be using mostly in and around Tulsa. This used Tornado might need some help or a smarter operator.
    Several of you have advised me to get the inverted v as to not put so much weight on the belt of what ever kind I purchased. But trying to save $, here I am.
    I think this one needs an inverted V or more powerful motor. I saw this one slow down and completely stop running and so I turned it off. I then manually turned it in reverse and kept working with it till it had about 6 inches of [ wet ] sand on the belt. Then it started to speed up. [ Keep in mind it was 70 degrees out and I had only filled it half full].
    This is my first spreader, and it is used, but with all the upgrades since they came out. I was just trying it out to see how it would do. What a letdown. Also, with out an owners manual, I did not know what the red light was blinking for on the control knob. Any one know?
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    I would post this in the Ice Management forum.
  3. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    More than likely you overloaded the belt. As for the flashing red light, thats a troubleshooting code, different amount of flashes means something different.

    Heres a link to westerns site where you can download owners manual,

  4. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Thanks Crash, But I can't get their website to open.
  5. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    the link worked for me, just go to westerns site and click on "publications" across the top of the page.
  6. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Got it, That helps a bunch,[as we say in OKLA]. Thanks, Bill