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who is using or used electric under tailgate spreaders on a 1ton dump

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by GMD1984, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. GMD1984

    GMD1984 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    what brand have you used ?

    who do you think makes the best?

    pros and con's?

    do you like under tailgate or vbox and why?.

    any thing else that comes to mined ?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I only use Hydraulic, but I'll chime in on the V versus the Under-tailgate.

    With my under tailgate salt spreader, we can easily mount it with my mini skid steer, so ease of taking it on and off is almost priceless.

    That and the spreader is set up so that I can still drop my tailgate over my salt spreader to dump other material such as brush or large rock without having to remove the auger. (though I still pull the spinner off)

    If you've ever had salt freeze up on you, it's easier to break it free in a dump bed, especially with drop sides on the dump as we can just take the mini skid to it.

    Clean-out after a storm is also a breeze.

    The only real advantage I see to a V-box is a little more consistency getting the salt to the spinner. That and if you are doing large long runs such as roads, then the V-box I would think would be better so that you don't have the dump box up in the air constantly.

  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I'll add a couple things ---- an undertailgate (or tailgate replacement) is easier to store, and it allows the use of your bed for other things other than snow work.

    A vbox will typically be usable in a wider variety of vehicles down the road(pickups/dumps/flatbeds).
  4. GMD1984

    GMD1984 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    that my main thing is to be able to use my truck still and i don't do many large sections of road i have a vbox now in my 3/4 ton flatbed that i am happy with. but id like to be able to use my dump truck to haul still in the winter.
  5. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    i actually liked using our replacement tailgate spreader. We used a truck craft just because they made the dump bed....it was nice, easy to clean out. could still dump loads of bulk salt at the yard or on site. All electric only problem we had over the 6 years is the spinner motor went out... that was $200 for a new one.

    then sold it for 3/4 of the price i got it new for!
  6. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    I agree with White Gardens.

    I have one on a 450, does that count?

    Salt Dogg whatever model. So far so good.
  7. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    Usually used on bigger trucks. My swenson was used on a international 4700 and now on a GMC 4500. Works good. For a 1 ton have to make sure you have at least 44 inches from ground to bed height( at least for swenson) or you'll be dragging spinner motor on the ground.I guess if you don't raise bed all the way up you could get away with it, otherwise use a replacement tailgate style.
  8. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    My buddy has the truckcraft T160 lighting under tailgate electric spreader and he cant be more happy with it. I run truckcraft tailgate replacements on my inserts and they work great and I am purchasing a 1 ton next fall and going to go that route. Electric is really reliable and works great.
  9. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    I run the swenson RTEL on my truck. Had a vbox prior. The biggest plus is it weighs less and allows me to stay legal with more salt. It's easier to install. Not much in the way of moving parts, and I can still haul a trailer with it on or use my bed for other things.

    The only downside is my dump is rather slow, and when the salt is damp I have to put it up often (I need a vibrator on it.
  10. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Or you can install the superslide poly floor in the winter time and no need for vibrator. stuff is like ice when you walk on it.
  11. csi.northcoast

    csi.northcoast Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Aaron, great snowday reference !!!!!!!!! i am going to pm you