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Which walk behind???

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Acutabovesiny, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Acutabovesiny

    Acutabovesiny Member
    Messages: 54

    It seems as if noone makes a durable walk behind spreader. Its not the frame that gets worn out...its the gear box and gate opening. We have used EarthWay (which have been the worst so far) and many from Buyers. Here is a break down on there cost in my area...

    Earthway $100
    Buyers Ice Buster $170 (steel frame)
    Buyers Salt Dogg $200 (steel frame)
    SnowEx $450

    First Question: Is the Salt Dogg any better than the Ice Buster?
    Second Question: Should we spend the money and go for the SnowEx?

    Buyers Salt Buster.jpg

    Buyers Salt Dogg.png

    SnowEx SP-75.jpg
  2. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    i have the salt dogg. it is hefty enough. the gears seem strong, not enclosed like the snowex but strong. it is definately not the earthway junk. the thing is is you could buy two salt dogs for the price of one snowex.

    thats buyers looks to be the exact same thing as the saltdogg. same company so it makes sense but if so you could buy three instead of the snowex. just something to consider.
  3. Acutabovesiny

    Acutabovesiny Member
    Messages: 54

    Thats the thing...we have 3 Buyers Ice Busters that we bought last year. and one of them doesnt work...waiting for a replacement part. I still cant find the difference besides price between these and the Salt Dogg.
  4. Acutabovesiny

    Acutabovesiny Member
    Messages: 54

    Oh....the SnowEx come with a 2 year commercial warranty.
  5. mnconst

    mnconst Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 44

    just go to a tractor supply and buy a grass seed/fert spreader for about 100.00 and replace it every couple of years
  6. duramax8611

    duramax8611 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    we use our lesco spreaders that we use during the summer all ss and have help up great. still look new after a few years with no problems at all, i think there in the $330 range but after several earthways it was money well spent
  7. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    Agree w/ duramax, we use our lesco spreaders year round. I have one that is 8 years old. I only had to replace the stainless frame because I backed into it with a skidsteer.
  8. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    i have buyer's saltdog that has proven the test of time.....trust me, if my boy's cant tear it up it can't be tore up lol.

    i have seen them literally running down the walks with it before lmao,

    i would not buy the stainless....only because they are so damn high.

    i would not buy the snow-ex......only because they are so damn high.

    i have seen some of the new buyer's with a enclosed gear box too........but who care's it is just a rude made sprocket with hole's on it's side..... i wouldnt want salt (yes salt will get in there :nod: ) setting around the sprocket.

    or you could buy one of those Epoke $1500 walk behind's

  9. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

    PJ ....I swore I saw a post with a spreader you were selling....with fancy lights, duct tape, and an operator even if I recall.....:jester: lmao
  10. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Go with the ice buster. I have tried all the ones mentioned above with the exception of the snow ex and have found the ice buster to be the best and most durable. JMO
  11. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    I bought an Earthway a couple of years ago, and it works when I need it, but for some reason, they offset the hole that the salt goes through, inside the hopper, so the thing always throws crooked. I have a bid in on a commercial place that will require a walk behind every storm, many times a storm. I think its time to buy something better and keep the Earthway on backup. Any suggestions as to what I should buy??? Each application at this particular place should average spreading 7 bags, but could take 10 if I want to lay it down heavy.
  12. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    just get the ice buster or snowdogg. plus i can put two 80lb bags of rock salt, less trips back to the truck. they are both good quality, i wouldnt bother with the stainless models for the price. just coat them in fluid film every couple weeks of use.
  13. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Why can I not find the Manufac's website for SNOWEX?????? First price I got on a Salt Dogg was $260.
  14. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    you should be able to get it for less than $200 especially the ice buster. call angelos in MI
  15. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Is it worth the money if a Salt Dogg is $260, and the next price was $275? Is the Snow Ex built cheaper?
  16. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

  17. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

  18. nick858

    nick858 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 145

    Does the Buyers Ice Buster come standard with the flaps to direct flow to keep it narrow on walks? Its probably the one Im leaning toward, Ive spent 100 the last 3 years on junk Earthways, ready for something that will make a couple seasons.
  19. snowangel13

    snowangel13 Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 18

    Im very supprised knowbody has mentioned EPOKE spreaders. I got one over ten years ago and it still works great. sure it looks horrible, but it has taken many beatings over the years. it was very expensive but works great. its a little on the heavy side too, has greasable axels too. http://www.epoke.dk/Eng/
  20. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i have never really had a problem with the earthways using salt... the lescos worked a little better, but costly

    granted your not gonna get the same use from it as others, but it doesnt really matter how much you spend when the salt will still corrode it, stupid accidents (like sven and a bobcat) will happen, heck i even had a lesco fly out of a truck bed a few yrs back.

    I bet if you had to buy 10 of them , and figured 20% loss due to accidents, and then only 50% working for longer than 2 yrs... it still might be more cost effective to buy the cheaper one. If you do a little math you could proably figure it out

    JMO, but i have never used the buyers, so maybe i should look into it
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2008