Quick Decision?

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  1. Chip

    Chip LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    I think its time I invest in a good spreader.In the past I have used a walkbehind spreader for salt on walks and the small parking lots that I maintain. This year I have picked up a bit more commercial work and think its time to get a truck mounted spreader. I was qouted a price of $1300 for a western model 1000 spreader, not installed but dealer said it would be easy to mount to my class III hitch. I know of another dealer that carries other manufactures spreaders.

    If I buy one tomorrow I realize I will do the install myself, not a problem. I was hoping to spend about $700 - $800. Any opinions or thoughts about what I should do?

    The big storm is coming tomorrow night. It could pay for anything I decide to buy. Trying to decide what to do. Please help.
  2. plowking35

    plowking35 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S.E. CT
    Posts: 1,687

    If it was me, get a two stage model. Brand doesnt matter. That way even wet material will even be able to be run through it.
  3. RB

    RB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 306

    If you're going to buy a small (tailgate) spreader I would recommend a couple of choices.

    1. Buyers (orange box) - If you are going to use bagged salt. All these type spreaders, i.e., fisher, meyer, western, etc. are the same; keep them clean and dry and they will work good. $700 good price and it's a good first spreader.

    2. Airflow MSS. If you want to spread bulk salt. Works great and is indestructible. $1,900. You will have this spreader forever.

    Just my opinion.
  4. Chip

    Chip LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    Thanks RB
    I saw a Buyers on the back of a truck today, the first orange box I have seen. Usually all I see around here are yellow boxes. I will call around tomorrow and see what I can find. That is more in my price range and since it will be my first and I will be using bagged salt I think that may be a better choice.
  5. plowking35

    plowking35 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S.E. CT
    Posts: 1,687

    You stated that you wanted a good unit. A buyers isnt a good unit. It is a cheap wannbe. Spend the money on a two stage and be done with it.
  6. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    Second plowkings statement. I had a Buyers, it was more efficient to spread by hand with a longhandled shovel. Save your money.
  7. HC

    HC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    We have a Buyers (Tractionmaster in Canada) on one of our trucks and when it isn't broken it spreads fine. The factory also wired the 12V motor backwards and it took me 2 days to figure out that the auger and spinner were turning the wrong way! The spinner assembly is of weak design and backing into a soft snowbank will throw it out of alignment which disconnects the motor from the spinner/auger shaft. This makes for a very p---ed off driver at 3am trying to reconnect the shaft in the cold with a full hopper of Magicsalt. However as I mentioned, it spreads fine. It was $1800 Canadian with the swingaway mount. We could have bought a used bed mounted sander for near the same price but I didn't think the truck could handle it loaded (Chev 2500, 6 bolt wheels).
  8. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 691

    Make sure you get one with either an auger inside the hopper, or a conveyor at the bottom. The biggest complaint I hear is about spreaders plugging up...

  9. Greenman2ooo

    Greenman2ooo Banned
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    I have a Western single stage with an auger. It feeds very evenly. Empty and wash after <b>every use</b>. Load with bagged salt or bulk salt you have sifted to remove large particles.

    Keeping your spreader clean is #1. It isn't a storage bin for salt. Same goes for sidewalk spreaders. Salt dust gets caked on everything with just one use. Salt is caustic to steel. Most any single stage with a vibrator or auger should suit you fine for years to come unless you want to spread salt and sand. I don't do sand. Just my preference.
  10. Greenman2ooo

    Greenman2ooo Banned
    Posts: 176

    I have the Western 2000 (700lb capacity) with auger and couldn't agree more with SlimJim. I think he has the 1000 which is just a little smaller version of mine, I believe.

    I paid $1350 for mine with the variable speed control and Swing away mount. It ran $200 to install. Good luck.

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