Sand gets stuck in Sander Whats up with that?

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  1. bridges

    bridges LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Messages: 196

    Anyone have promblems with sand getting stuck in sander?

    If i use sand without salt, it ends up freezing. and salt with sand some sometimes it gets stuck because it is wet.

    Do they make some kind of heater or something so the sand does not freeze.

    Thank you Tony
  2. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    Never had that happen but i don't leave alot if any sand /salt in my spreader.
  3. JCurtis

    JCurtis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    You could try spraing the inside of your hopper with silicone or something slippery
  4. slplow

    slplow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    Bridges, How old is your spreader? What make is it? Is the paint good inside the tub, if not paint it. Make sure you cover your load w/tarp to keep moisture out, it should not freeze.
  5. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,651

    If it is frozen find a friend with a heated garage.

  6. bridges

    bridges LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Messages: 196

    The sander is a western 1998. It is painted on the inside sides and where there chain belt is the paint is worn off but i oil that up. I do have the load covered. The sand only freezes. The sand and salt does not freeze but gets stuck. Where the sand comes out you can look in there and the sand would be about 6" from bottom.

  7. bridges

    bridges LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Messages: 196

    I tried the heated garage, but it takes to long.

  8. plowguy06

    plowguy06 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    I had the same sort of problem, but with salt, so i dont really have any advice. However, If you were using salt, I know of a chemical, Magic, that a lot of the people in the forum recommend.
  9. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    I used to have that problem with my spreader,my sand/salt pile got wet and it would bridge across and i d have toget out and stick the shovel in there and it would go down.Now i have my sand inside and im using treated(magic)salt,this seams to help,it only happened once this year,and it was because i filled the hopper and didnt spread for 10 hrs,while plowing.try to keep your sand dry,and dont pack it tight with the bucket trying to get more in,i was guilty of that too.
  10. bluebyu62

    bluebyu62 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I've been using a similar spreader for a few years and have yet to have a problem, heres what i do. After every storm make sure it is completely empty, then spray all inside (while the conveyor is running) with fuel oil. Also, try to concentrate on spraying a lot of fuel oil on the chain to aid in lubrication. After that, tarp it real good and guarantee it will work fine next storm.

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