What's the best V box for a 1 ton p/u

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  1. RB

    RB LawnSite Senior Member
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    I want to buy a v box next season and don't want to spend too much time investigating the different products. I'm sure if you take care of them all will work fine. I don't know anyone who uses one so I'm counting on you all.

    I'll read all the threads on the subject, but I'd like to hear your input.

    My local dealer sells Swenson and says they are the best, but you know how that goes..

    Thanx.
     
  2. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We just got a Fisher in one of the trucks, its a 1.7 yard Mild steel Fisher with a 10hp motor and cab controls and top screen for $3000.00 installed. Our other is a Diamond.
     
  3. Alan

    Alan Member
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    My personal preference is either Ice-O-Way or Sno-Way, same unit, just different labels. They offer a swing away spinner which I consider an invaluable feature. I can't count how many spinners I have seen mangled when somebody forgot they were there and backed into a frozen bank or fixed object and trashed them. Only thing I don't like is that I found I had to close the feed door all the way and idle the engine way down to get them to spread slow enough to not waste material if I'm working anything under 20' wide. With the door open and throttled up they will cover a 2 lane street about as fast as you want to drive. This is with straight salt, with sand they are a little less touchy but you can empty the hopper REAL fast if you're not careful .
     
  4. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
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    swensons got my vote.

    Geoff
     
  5. plowking35

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

    Smith harder electric v box all the way. Leave the gas powered units in the dust and use quiet power. The unit is all stainless, and effecient. Pretty much bullet proff and maint free. All for around 3500.00
    I know guys that have units 15 yrs old and they work like new to this day.
    Dino
     
  6. Alan

    Alan Member
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    Dino, I looked hard at the Smith, same dealer has them where we bought our Sno-Way. I spent quite a while trying to figure how I could remodel the Smith to make the spinner a swing away. No real easy way to do it without rebuilding the whole discharge assembly. If I could have an ideal spreader it would be the Smith electric drive and the Ice-O-Way/Sno-Way spinner.
     
  7. PINEISLAND1

    PINEISLAND1 LawnSite Member
    from WEST MI
    Posts: 201

  8. plowking35

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

    I do like the swing away, I also am thinking of modifying the unit to a swing away design. To many projects and not enough time.
    Dino
     
  9. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would go with the smith I think that they would be worry free and quiet.
     
  10. RB

    RB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 306

    (I posted the orig. thread)

    Now that I'm in the market I'm noticing more v's. Most around here are air-flo. What do you guys think of air-flow v's?

    A few guys told me they picked them up for $2,500 at a local dealer.
     

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