electric sanders


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I am looking to replace a v box sander and had made up my mind to purchase an electric unit. However, a dealer informed me electric units operate at 3-5 miles per hour while gas units operate at speeds up to 20-25 miles per hour.

Is this correct? I need the unit for private road work and 3-5 miles per hour would be impractical.


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High speed sanding. I do a large volume of Private roads.

I will say that with the feed gate wide open and the engine running on a fast speed, you can sand pretty fast. Only my hydro tailgate sander can sand faster than my v-box. I am not sure how electric sander's opperate seeing I don't have one.



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mid coast,Maine
I have had both gas and electric. Gas is faster. It depends on how fast or how much sand you want to put down. I like my electric better for my use BUT,I do very few roads. My guess is you would be happier with gas ... but maybe uncomfortable he he . Does any one in you're area have an electric you could play with to see how it would work for you? brad


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I have an electric one but it's a talgate spreader and it does not work as fast as a gas one but for what i use it for it's good.


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morristown, nj

I am not sure how well the electric's work, and in fact can't say I have never seen one, so I would have to assume they are probably not all that efficient.

As for gas sanders, I guess they are more of a standard, but still a pain and seem to be a never ending maintenance problem. We have two gas V-boxes, and it seems we have to keep are fingers crossed each time we go to start up that aux. motor. Nothing but problems.

Why on earth they would put a Briggs on something you have to depend on beats me. We just had to replace the stator and flywheel on a 8.5 HP briggs on our 2 YEAR old spreader that probably has maybe 2 hrs of run time on it. To top it off, the 8.5 is a special motor built just for spreaders, so parts are hard to come buy. You can't just open up Northern Tool and order a new one. They are special order only.

With this past experience, we are are going to go all hydraulic from now on. The whole aux motor thing seems somewhat foolish anymore, but, I guess if you are on a budget (which believe me, we are not), then I would probably stick with a gas model over an electric.



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actually the electric is more efficient than a gas powered spreader. It uses the material much more efficiently. The spread mattern is much beeter, ans better dispersal of material. Overall they are much better than gas in all respects.
For your situation Bob, I beleive you have roads, but they dead end, so just sand in both directions at 10-15 mph, and that should sovle your dilema.
Get the electric, or spring for the extra doe, and get honda power.