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what kind of salt spreader and more

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by murphy4trees, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. murphy4trees

    murphy4trees Member
    Messages: 62

    I caught the guy who salts my lots stealing.... We do 12-15 small lots and 75+ driveways. Three trucks including his. But he's the only one with a salt spreader. He has a tailgate spreader which is plenty for what we have now, though I might go with a v-box in case I get some bigger contracts. I'll look for something off season. I have an 87 Dodge 250 with an 8' bed. Everything else I use is a 2 door SUV, ram chargers, blazers and broncos, which I prefer because we specialize in tight. I might get a 350 dually dump sometime this year for my tree service and stump grinding business.

    He's a hard worker and very reliable, but I don't want to rely on him. He did a call in driveway and put the check in his pocket and then told me it was a bust and not to bill the lady. When I confronted him on it, he said he forgot about the check, which was a lie no doubt, and then said I'd have to deal with that no matter who I was dealing with.

    Then on the next snow he billed me 9 hours at 75/hr. We billed probably about 2500 for his work with me buying the salt. He did all the commercial work while my other buddy and I did the driveways. Total billing was about $9,600. I was out for 11 hours, and we had another man in a seperate truck shoveling and salting walks.

    SO back to the spreader. I could probably pick up a buyers tailgate spreader fairly cheap in the off season. My plow guy is highly recommending the snow-x v-box... all electric. I heard they have aproblem with the salt falling through when it is shut down.

    I apologize if you all are tired of hearing this question asked and thanks in advance for your suggestions.
  2. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    If you want all eletric. Then go with a buyers salt dog. 1.5 yard hopper. They are extremely reliable. Two people can get it out of the truck. Has 2 moving parts. The auger and the spinner. I love them. My one sub has one, my other sub has a western tornado. Take a guess who never has had a problem with their spreader. :rolleyes:
  3. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I have asked this question before so here's what I can give you. First if you go with a V box you need something to load it with (skid steer, tractor etc.) If you dont have or want to go through that hassle, look into a SnowEx 1875 spreader or something that will spread bulk salt. Around here a skid of bagged salt went from 163.00 to almost 200 bucks:eek: We made the switch to bulk early this season with no complaints. Basically any tail gate spreader will spread bulk salt, you will need a vibrator, that is a must. We went with a Sure-Flo unit, it cost us 236.11 with shipping and it took me about 20 minutes to install. It was the best 236.11 I spent! Depending on how big some of your lots are will determin how big of a spreader you should get. Even a Fisher Speed Cast, like the one mcwlandscaping is selling would do a great job and he's only asking 450 bucks for it. I have tossed and turned this season on what to do about a spreader, we finally decided on a DownEaster dump insert and their tail gate attatchment for salting, (I think,lol we're still thinking about that one).
  4. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    ive got a lesco min spreader its ok i got an amazing deal on it but if i didnt get the deal iwas going for a snowex...the 1875 i would say would work great we have 2guys that run them....