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What rate to set buyers spreader?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Bo-Line, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Bo-Line

    Bo-Line Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I have a Buyers S05 spreader with the variable control. As I am new to this can anyone give me a general "starting" setting to do a average size parking lot? There's usually about 1/4 inch of ice or packed snow when I'm done plowing. Oh and I just using generic rock salt in it. Thanks,
  2. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    First of all why is there 1/4 inch of snow and or ice after plowing that makes a big difference when applying salt, second once you apply the salt you'll have to come back and plow out the slush that it will leave, and finally i just use my salt spreader full speed once you get to know how far it spreads then you;ll know haw far you have to over lap you passes.
  3. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,106

    Just one speed high. if your leaving a 1/4 inch of frozen stuff on the ground sounds like your cutting edge needs replaced.
  4. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    You'll set it on 9 and forget it pretty much.

    I only turn it lower for a few seconds on one place going through an entry way with curbs and grass on both sides.
  5. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    wow. Seems like you are wasting alot of salt. When salting after plowing, Our drivers set there V-box spreaders between 40-50 on auger and 60-80 on spinner depending on pass width desired and speed they can drive. desired speed 5 mph..
  6. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    If you are leaving a 1/4 " then are you using the plow shoes? or putting the blade all the way down? If using shoes TAKE them OFF:dizzy:
  7. Pennings Garden

    Pennings Garden Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 242

    I put it on 9 and just haul azz!! seriously, I just adjust my drive speed, but I only have areas that are wide enough to do that...