What to Look for in a Salt Spreader

Salt Truck Spreading Ice Melt

As a snow contractor, you know how important it is to have the right equipment to get the job done efficiently and effectively. One piece of equipment that can make all the difference in your winter operations is a high-quality salt spreader. At Snow & Ice Melt & Chemicals Unlimited, we take pride in offering top-of-the-line salt spreaders that can help you provide a perfect application of deicer every time.

Our salt spreaders are designed with attention to detail and precision mechanics to ensure that you can spread ice melt on sidewalks evenly and with ease. Here are some of the key features of our salt spreaders:

Pneumatic Tires on Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel Axle

Our salt spreaders come equipped with pneumatic tires mounted on a heavy-duty stainless steel axle. This allows for smooth operation over a variety of surfaces and ensures that your salt spreader will be durable enough to withstand the demands of the winter season.

Heavy Duty Gearbox

We guarantee the gearbox of our salt spreaders for the life of the spreader. This means you can rest assured that your salt spreader will be able to handle the demands of your winter operations season after season.

Single Opening Design

Our salt spreaders feature a single opening that reduces blockage and helps create a consistent flow for spreading ice melt on sidewalks evenly. This design ensures that you won’t have to worry about clogs or inconsistent spreading patterns, allowing you to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Application Settings

Our salt spreaders also feature a setting on the back of the hopper that allows you to lock in proper application amounts. This means you can adjust your spreader to match the specific needs of each job, ensuring that you’re using the right amount of deicer and minimizing waste.

Screen and Shield

To further improve accuracy and reduce waste and turf damage, our salt spreaders also come equipped with a screen that prevents chunks from going through the spreader and a shield that helps improve application accuracy.

Removable Rain Guard

Finally, our salt spreaders feature a removable rain guard that protects the ice melt from the weather. This ensures that your deicer stays dry and free-flowing, so you can spread it easily and effectively when the time comes.

How to Use a Salt Spreader

Using a salt spreader to distribute ice melt products is an efficient and effective way to keep sidewalks and driveways clear of snow and ice. Here are some steps to follow when using a salt spreader:

  1. Fill the hopper: First, fill the hopper with the appropriate amount of ice melt product. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for recommended application rates based on the size of the area you are treating and the severity of the weather conditions.
  2. Set the spreader controls: Many salt spreaders come with controls on the back of the hopper that allow you to adjust the flow of the ice melt product. Consult the instructions that come with your spreader to determine the appropriate setting for the amount of ice melt product you want to apply.
  3. Adjust the spread width: Some salt spreaders have adjustable spread widths that allow you to control the area that the ice melt product covers. This is useful if you want to avoid spreading ice melt product on areas that do not need it, such as grassy areas or landscaping.
  4. Start spreading: Push the salt spreader along the area you want to treat, such as a sidewalk or driveway. Be sure to move at a consistent pace to ensure even coverage. Avoid over-applying the ice melt product, as this can lead to waste and potential damage to turf or landscaping.
  5. Clean up: After you have finished spreading the ice melt product, be sure to clean up any spills or excess material. This will help prevent damage to turf or landscaping, and ensure that the ice melt product is used efficiently.

By following these steps and using a high-quality salt spreader like the ones we offer, you can ensure that your clients’ properties are safe and free of ice and snow during the winter months.

How to Keep a Salt Spreader from Clogging

Keeping your salt spreader from getting clogged is crucial to ensuring a consistent and even application of ice melt products. However, sometimes despite your best efforts, the spreader can still get clogged up. Here are some tips for keeping your spreader clear and how to unclog it if necessary:

  1. Use the Right Product: Make sure you are using the appropriate type of ice melt for your spreader. Some products are more prone to clumping or getting stuck than others. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure you are using the recommended product for your spreader.
  2. Keep the Product Dry: Moisture is a major factor in clumping and clogging. Store your ice melt in a dry location and keep it covered when not in use. If possible, avoid using wet product altogether.
  3. Adjust the Flow Rate: If your spreader is clogging frequently, it may be helpful to adjust the flow rate. A slower flow may help prevent clumps and clogs.
  4. Clear the Screen: Most spreaders have a screen to prevent large chunks of ice melt from entering the spreader. Check this screen frequently and clear any debris that may be clogging it.

If your spreader does get clogged, here are some steps you can take to unclog it:

  1. Turn off the Spread: Stop the spreader immediately to prevent further damage or blockages.
  2. Clear the Hopper: Remove any remaining ice melt from the hopper and discard any clumps or debris.
  3. Check the Screen: Remove the screen and clear it of any debris. If it is damaged, replace it.
  4. Break up the Clumps: Use a tool like a small shovel or ice chipper to break up any clumps that may be stuck in the spreader.
  5. Restart the Spread: Once everything is clear, restart the spreader and test it to ensure it is working properly.

By following these tips for preventing and unclogging your salt spreader, you can ensure a consistent and effective application of ice melt products throughout the winter season.

Buy the Best Salt Spreader

At Snow & Ice Melt & Chemicals Unlimited, we understand the importance of having reliable, high-quality equipment for your snow removal operations. That’s why we’re committed to providing top-of-the-line salt spreaders that can help you provide a perfect application of deicer every time. So why not upgrade your winter operations with one of our salt spreaders today? Just fill out the quick form below.


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