tailgate salters

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  1. Eager Beaver

    Eager Beaver LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    Looking into purchasing a tailgate salter for my 1997 F150 however it is a lease truck. Get rid of it in April and going to buy a real truck however need a salter for some small accounts. When installing a salter with the tailgate that swings open for access where does it bolt on? I don't need any more holes in this thing than I already have? I understand they make a receiver style. Has anyone used one and how well do they work? Any recomendations on makes or models? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    I bought a Fisher 1000 a couple of years ago. Built a mount that slides in my receiver hitch.( They have their own now)
    They changed the model number but a receiver hitch mount is availible. It has spread over 20 tons of salt, no problems
    Weights less than 150 pounds ( I can mount and unmount myself in less than a minute) NO holes in the leased truck!
    I use bagged DRY salt only, Sand can work if it's really DRY
  3. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 702

    I have two a buyers and a western stainless we use the Buyers more but the salt has a tendency to flow through the auger even when it is not on,so it must either be loaded on site or used not far from the shop.It spreads well but seems to be a picky eater,like was already said any substance used has to be dry.Sand is just a headache waiting to happen so we only use bag salt.Whatever you buy for a salter look at how the feed area is constructed and see that its not going to jam and that it is closeable, a plastic hoper seems to last longer and be lighter.Also look at the motor to be sure your comfortable with how it looks as far as location and attachment to the spinner. Our salters hook over the tail gate and sit on the bumper with a piece of rubber behind them so they don't scratch the tail gate, then we bind them down. There is a better way out there,but we just don't use them as much as our bigger sanders but if you only have some small lots, they serve their purpose.Kept clean and serviced after EACH and EVERY use most salters will last long enough to get you into something bigger.

    PINEISLAND1 LawnSite Member
    from WEST MI
    Posts: 201


    Could you give some specifics as to what needs to be done after each day of salting to keep it working smooth?

  5. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 702

    Nothing special,just make sure it gets washed,even though the hopper is usually stainless or plastic not much of most spreading parts are, so they rust and because they are moving bare spot are created giving the salt free access to the steel. Also it seems like most of them have motors which are in the worst spots for taking salty run off, so if their are greese point grease them. Also always check the wiring to make sure that it is in good shape so you don't have any shorts,primarily check your ground if it is grounded at the spreader and not at the battery. Oh one last thing I am always finding spreader lids from other quys spreader on the road make sure the tie down are stiil good.
  6. Eager Beaver

    Eager Beaver LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    Thanks guys for all your information. I am already pushing this truck with a 7.5 foot western plow but have until April to get rid of it. I have seen the receiver style salters and will watch for all your warning issues before purchasing one. Thanks Again Eager beaver
  7. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    Last season I bought a Fisher speed casterII and it does both sand and salt .You can either mount under chassie with a classIV hitch or the other option is to drill and bolt thru bed.I did the reciver hitch for one i didn't want to drill my bed and the other was i upgraded to a class IV plus i have the whole bed for use.It holds ten cubic feet just right for a small lot or long drivways.
  8. jrblawncare

    jrblawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 445

    Hey all,has anyone seen or used LESCO spreaders...I'm looking for some opinions on them..THANKS
  9. Eager Beaver

    Eager Beaver LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    I have been comparing the SnowEase, the Western and the Lesco brands myself. I would be intrested in any information on these models if there is any feedback of current owners. From what I have gathered SnowEase and Western are made by the same company but differant colors yellow?vs Red. I have also looked at the Lesco and wondered about their products. Any opinions???
  10. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 490

    I have a Trynex. It is identical to the Lesco, only different colors. Lesco has them manafactured by Trynex.

    Do a search on Trynex, and you will find some info that I wrote last season about them.

    Any other questions, please ask.

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