Skid Steers are great for moving a lot of snow fast, but it sure is a pain to come through with a truck later to spread salt. Many years ago, we introduced a hydraulic spreader into the market to eliminate the need for spreading with a truck allowing your skid steer can do it all!
Features Common to All Sno-Way 10 cu. ft. and Smaller Spreaders
High Flow Hoppers with Chunk Busters: Your salt or other spreading product isn’t likely to get stuck. We have engineered the slope of the spreader to ensure it will always feed down and the chunk busters break up any chunks when they reach the hole that feeds to the spinner.
Poly Hopper: Your hopper will never rust because the durable poly hoppers won’t corrode!
Hard Top Lid: The form fitted, durable lids will last the life of your spreader. The lid keeps water, snow, and other undesirables out of your salt.
Superior Coatings: The frame has an e-coat primer and military grade powder coat finish. That means the finish on your frame will last a very long time.
Great Flow and Spread Pattern: We engineer all our spreaders to have some of the most even spread patterns in the industry. You can regulate the flow to be as fast or slow as you want, giving you precision spreading your materials.
Features of the Sno-Way Hydraulic Skid Steer Spreader
Hydraulic Power for Convenience: Use the hydraulics on your skid steer to power your spreader.
Large 10 cu. ft. hopper: Take less trips to refill your spreader with a full 10 cu. ft. of available space to hold salt.
Quick Attachment Plates: Get a universal quick attachment plate for your spreader to allow for easy on and easy off of this spreader. You can literally take off your Sno-Way skid steer plow and hook-up your spreader in about 5 minutes on a cold day with gloves on!
We have kept the basic design of this spreader the same for many years now because our customers rave about how well it works. Since the spreader performs so well consistently year over year, why mess with a good thing?
When you see the leaves changing colors it is a good time to pull out your spreader and get it ready for winter use. Preparing the spreader out now is easier and less stressful than waiting until 4 hours before the first winter storm so always check over your spreader before the snow flies! Just as important, prepare the vehicle you use with the spreader so you are ready to battle winter.
Get your vehicle ready.
Clean your vehicle’s cab and bed of any items you do not need during snow and ice removal. Extra junk just sets you up for problems later.
Check your battery. It is common for a battery that works fine in summer to lack capacity to keep your plow and spreader running during snow events. Your battery might only be two or three years old yet testing might show it needs replacement. Test your battery under load so you really know if it can hack the work load.
Check all fluids, links, and joints and have all of your routine service work done.
Visually Inspect Wiring and hardware.
Check main power harness and any accessory harnesses on both the spreader and the truck. Look for frayed cables and loose connectors. Make sure all connections are tight and clean from corrosion and be sure you don’t have any damaged wires.
Check to make sure the harness is properly routed and free from any pinch points. Clean and fix your harness if anything looks wrong. Finally, make sure the connectors have plenty of di-electric grease on them.
Check all hardware to make sure it is clean and tight.
Grease the Bearings
Your spreader may have a steel bearing with a grease fitting or it may have a poly bearing. Hopefully you cleaned all the salt and debris out and greased the bearings before you put the spreader away in the spring.
Double check the bearings are free of debris and it won’t hurt to grease the bearings again.
Make sure that the shaft inside the bearing moves freely and is not seized to the bearing itself.
Check the Drive Linkage
If you have a direct drive (PDE/RVB spreader) make sure the shaft has anti-seize applied for easy removal. Ensure the hardware is tight.
If your spreader has a belt drive (tail gate spreader), make sure the belt tensioner moves freely and that the belt is properly tensioned.
Test the Spreader
Connect the main power harness from the truck to the spreader.
Connect your control to the control harness inside the cab.
Power on the control to operate the spreader.
Make sure the spreader is running free and does not sound labored.
If your spreader is equipped with a belt and tensioner, make sure the belt is not slipping nor too tight.
In this blog I am going to continue writing about our PDE Spreader line. Last time I focused on the new PDE Controller, this time we will dig into the PDE Spreader.
Combining the spreader with the new controller we now have an auger spreader that can handle a large range of materials. Some of the materials that we have successfully spread are bulk salt (dry and wet), quarry sand (dry and wet), mason sand, salt/sand mix, magic salt, calcium chloride, pea gravel and bagged salt.
The short chute or long chute is an easy on/off connection with spring loaded clips. This feature allows you to remove the chute to quickly unload remaining product in the spreader or pull a trailer with the spreader left in the bed of the truck.
We changed our wiring harness so that we now have one harness that supply’s all of the power to the spreader from the battery with a water tight Duetsch connector with a seal to connect to the hopper. The harness on the hopper is fully wired so as you add accessories like the vibrator, light, or wetting system no cutting or splices are needed, just plug and play and you are ready to operate the accessories.
We were able to continue to build upon our patent pending inverted vee system. By adjusting the inverted vee to match the material you want to spread you now can spread all the materials I mentioned, plus more materials that we are still testing. With the inverted vee adjusted correctly we can maintain a flow rate between 2 to 3 cubic feet per minute of output. If you want more output on salt we can increase the output to 4 to 6 cubic feet per minute. This can be accomplished because we have a smart controller with an inverted vee control system in the hopper and the best spread pattern in the industry.
We manufacture the spreader in three sizes ½ yard, ¾ yard, and 2 yard capacity. This spreader was designed with the professional user in mind; we added many features and benefits that will make life easy for the user. The rotor molded perimeter hopper with ribbed sides mounted to a stainless steel frame gives the unit the structured needed to with stand the loads the unit will be subject to when the unit is in use. We designed the unit to have stainless steel cross supports on top of the hopper to attach the screen and the hold down brackets. By adding this bracing you will not put added stress on the hopper body when you tie down the spreader to your truck. This system will eliminate the bowing out of the sides of the hopper that you notice on some units that mold the hold down brackets into the hopper.
The shape of the spreader hopper is designed to promote the high flow of material that is put inside of the spreader. The angle of the side helps material flow into the auger for a smoother, consistent, output from the spreader. The ½ hp motor/gear box that turns the auger is sized to handle the load that the spreader requires. The motor gear box is mounted in a protected molded cover to reduce the chance of damage and protect the motor from the elements. The 1/3 hp motor that turns the spinner is mounted inside of a molded cover to help protect it from the elements.
The auger is 3 inch in diameter to deliver approximately 2 plus cubic feet per minute of material to the spinner. That flow can be increased by adjusting the inverted vee to allow more material on to the auger. Our inverted vee system is unlike anyone else’s system because it’s fully adjustable. That being said the system can be adjusted so you can allow more material to flow into the auger. An example would be using sand as your spreading material, because of the way that sand tends to pack together, it is very important to have the inverted vee and the baffle on the inverted vee opened up. This setting will promote the sand to flow onto the auger and the auger can deliver a consistent amount of material onto the spinner for discharge onto the surface. If you need to flow dry bulk salt, you would need to close off some of the baffles and adjust the inverted vee to reduce flow to the auger, again this is done to promote consistent output to the spinner. At the end of the day this system will save you time and material which we all know is money in the bank.
The vibrator system we use can be either one vibrator or two vibrators mounted on the spreader. The vibrator unit or units are placed in locations on the spreader that will have the biggest impact on the material you are trying to flow.
We added holes in the stainless steel leg supports, which you can use to attach 2” x 6” wood boards so you can have the spreader centered and stabilized in the box of a pickup truck if that is where you mount the spreader.
Another feature we have built into the spreader is the ability to use an auger tool on the end of the auger in case the auger gets over loaded. If the auger gets over loaded you can attached the auger tool and use a power tool to drive and rotate the auger, hopefully this will free up whatever was causing the auger to be overloaded and you can go back to spreading material.
If you just want to do maintenance on the spreader, we have designed the spreader to allow you to remove the auger completely from the spreader, by removing a few plates and sliding the auger out of the end of the spreader. This makes servicing the auger, bearings, auger motor and the trough very easy to maintain which always promotes people to do maintenance more regularly.
You can add an optional vinyl tarp to cover the top of the hopper, this vinyl cover has fastener to attach it directly to the hopper. This makes it very easy to roll up and out of the way by attaching straps that are integrated to the system. This allows you to keep the tarp attached to the spreader but out of the way when not in use.
The unit comes standard with a top screen to keep large clumps of material or rocks from getting into the hopper. This will help prevent the large clumps of material or rocks from jamming the auger system and stopping the material flowing to the spinner.
One of the big advantages of having an electric dual poly spreader with an auger drive is the reliability and the maintenance of the unit. On the maintenance side there is just less that can go wrong. First we eliminate the gas motor that you must keep running hoping that it starts when it is cold. Then you have the gear boxes that like to break and now you need to replace it, so you get out your torch to heat things up, hoping you can break loose the rusted fasteners so you can replace the gear box. (I have had the pleasure of having to replace a gearbox on a cold day when I need the spreader usually a six hour job.) Then you have the drag chain that breaks or rust tight over the summer and you either need to repair or replace the chain so you can get the spreader to work again.
Let’s not forget the salt that we put into these spreaders that attacks any metals that are used in the spreader when it is manufactured, after a few years of use it is one big rust bucket. On the reliability side of things all of the things I mention can and will happen if the maintenance is not completed with the utmost of care. With the poly hopper you do not have the concern about the salt attacking the spreader body and we put the electric motors and drives inside poly covers to keep them protected from the salty environment that they work in. One last thing that I feel is an benefit is with electric motors is when I am out at four in the morning spreading salt I am not waking up the neighborhood with the noise that the gas motor makes when it is running and I am spreading salt.
Please view our videos at www.snoway.com to see all the different materials we have tested. If you have a material you would like us to test email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sno-Way International has released a new PDE Controller. This control has all the features that you would expect in a spreader control plus many more features that I will try to describe.
This control will allow you to adjust the auger speed and the spinner speed independently using pin wheels to increase or decrease the speed of the auger or the spinner. The control has a push button to turn on or off the vibrator or vibrators, a push button to turn on or off and optional light and a push button to turn on or off an optional wetting system. All of the wiring for all the accessories is in the harness that is located on the back of the spreader and only needs to be plugged in to become functional. The receiver is mounted inside of a cover on the discharge side of the spreader so all heavy gauge wire is located on the spreader with a water tight connector. No heavy gauge wire coming into your vehicle cab, just four eighteen gauge wires with a connector that is assembled after the wire is fed through a 3/8 inch diameter hole.
Another feature of this control system is that it will maintain your auger speed and the spinner speed to control your spreader output. Suppose you have an auger speed set at half speed, and you are spreading wet heavy sand and a large pile of sand falls unto the auger. All of the systems that I know of would slow down or go into a stall mode and quit working because the auger got overloaded. This system will automatically increase the power to the auger to maintain the flow rate you want and once the load has been removed the system will automatically reduce the power to the auger and maintain your original auger setting on the control. I compare it to the cruise control system on your truck when you go up a hill your truck will automatically down shift and accelerate until you are back up to your set speed, once you go down the hill it will automatically up shift and decelerate until you are back to your speed setting. This same action will be repeated on your spinner to make sure you maintain your spreader pattern regardless of the load that is applied to the spinner.
Suppose you are still working with the low flow wet sand, this system has an auto mode setting that allows the vibrators to cycle on and off when needed. Let me explain this more clearly, a vibrator can be your best friend or your worst enemy if not used correctly, if you leave the vibrators on too long it can pack the material so tight that it can’t flow to the auger, or it can break it up so much that too much material gets to the auger and it overwhelms the auger. This system monitors the auger to make sure material is flowing through the auger, therefore when the vibrators are needed the system will turn them on, and when the auger is flowing the correct amount of the material the system will turn the vibrators off. This auto mode feature works with the wetting system, the system will maintain a pre determine flow rate, so if you decrease the auger speed the control will reduce the amount of liquid flowing to the spinner. If you increase the auger speed the system will increase the amount of liquid flowing to the spinner. All the operator has to do is drive the truck; the control will handle all the functions that are in the auto mode.
Another standard feature of this control system is the run/pause button. Suppose you are getting to the end of a parking lot and you need to turn around and go back in the other direction, but you do not want to spread material while you are turning around. All you need to do is push the run/pause button and everything will shut off, once you turned around and you’re ready to spread again just press the run/pause button and everything will turn back on exactly where you had all the settings when you pressed the run/pause button the first time. This will repeat every time you press the run/pause button and you can even change the setting in the run/pause mode and it will adjust to the new setting when you press the run/pause again.
The display screen is a well-lit LCD screen with both auger and spinner graph displayed and an animated auger and spinner display to indicate the speed of each item.
The system also has a timer that is displayed and it keeps track of the auger speed and with that information you can calculate how much material you dispense out of the spreader.
The last thing I want to touch on is that with the changes that we made to the PDE spreaders and combined with the PDE controller, we now have an auger spreader that can spread all different types of material, what we have spread so far is wet sand, dry sand, sand/salt mix, bulk salt, wet bulk salt, bag salt, pea gravel and magic salt. You can see the videos of these materials being spread on our Sno-Way YouTube page for yourself.
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Written by Terry Wendorff, President, Sno-Way Intl.