What size spreader do you need for your commercial applications?
The spreader you choose for your jobs will depend on a few variables.
- The amount of material you need to spread on your jobs: You want to use your spreader as efficiently as possible, and determine how much material you need the spreader hopper to hold.
- The size and capacity of your truck: Do you use a pickup, dump or flatbed truck? What are the manufacturers recommendations for weight capacity and what are the dimensions of the truck bed?
- The type of material you will be spreading: Will you be spreading salt, sand, a mixture of the two or some other material? Sand is heavier than salt and usually requires additional features to control and maintain flow.
Do you want a poly, carbon steel or stainless steel hopper?
Spreaders have been traditionally constructed from heavy-duty carbon steel to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Rotationally molded double wall poly spreaders are lighter weight and easier to install and maintain. Stainless steel construction is another option for long life of the spreader.
Auger or chain drive?
An auger-driven spreader directs the salt to the spinner using a steel spiral that runs along the hopper floor. The auger is powered by an electric, gas or hydraulic motor. It can be run at different speeds to accommodate the material in the spreader.
A chain-driven spreader moves the material across the hopper floor with a conveyor system made of steel chains. Chain drives are commonly used in the larger capacity and municipal spreaders. Using a chain-driven spreader is a choice for more control over the flow of material, but also involves more moving parts, and additional motors to power the conveyor.
A vibrator is used to continually move or shake the material in the hopper to help prevent it from packing and jamming the spreader.
Electric, Gas or Hydraulic Drive?
The power source for spreaders can be DC Electric, Gas or Hydraulic. Electric and Gas-driven models are commonly used with the smaller, self-contained spreaders up to 6 cu. yd capacity. Hydraulically powered spreaders are typically used for the larger, municipal jobs.
These are some of the primary considerations when choosing to invest in a new spreader. There are also many other bells and whistles available to add on such as lights, wetting systems, covers, etc.
Want to compare features of some of the most commonly used commercial spreaders? Check out the SaltDogg Spreaders Comparison charts to see how the popular brands measure up and to determine the best spreader for your needs.
What’s your preference?