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Will walk behinds throw bulk sand/salt mix?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by canoebuildah, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. canoebuildah

    canoebuildah Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    Anybody have any experience with using a walk behind spreader with salt/sand bulk mix? I need to sand three gravel driveways with a combined length of 600'. I have been using 5 gallon buckets and a shovel but that is not very efficient.

    I can get bulk sand/salt from my local DPW yard for free as it is for residential use. If that mix won't work well in the walk behind spreaders, I can get bagged salt if necessary but this is for vehicle traction, not sidewalks.

    Thanks for the input.
  2. DKG

    DKG Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    An Epoke walk behind will spread just about anything.
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Yes it will but he might have a heart attack when he finds out it costs $1200. LOL
  4. snowplowchick

    snowplowchick Senior Member
    Messages: 549

    I have an Epoke and a Snow ex. The Snow ex will not spread pickled sand, but the Epoke will.
  5. csx5197

    csx5197 Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    I had experimented with this. If the mixture is kept light it could work. Do you have a good heavy duty walk behind spreader? I know my scotts one doesn't work so well with sand, unless the sand is dry, which is a task in itself. It'll spread bulk salt just fine, but that sand is usually too wet to work. Sorry.
  6. canoebuildah

    canoebuildah Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    I have not purchased one yet, researching first.

    This will not be dry sand. The bulk mix is stored inside a big dome shed and is usually somewhat damp. I can try to skim the top layer off of the pile which is usually drier than what is down lower.

    I guess I might be better off doing it by bucket and shovel.
  7. eshskis

    eshskis Senior Member
    from 4
    Messages: 138

    mount a small vibrator to the spreader and power it with a mower batt and bam it will spread anything
  8. jamartz

    jamartz Member
    Messages: 45

    I use a walkbehind for all my jobs. Too cheap to by a tailgate spreader yet! I got mine at Northern Tool. Brand name is ICE Breaker. Holds 100lbs and has rubber pneumatic tires. Works great for me. It was $150ish i think maybe $160.