5 Tips for Choosing the Right Spreader

Spreader_small.jpgBefore the next big snow storm blows into town, get out and buy your spreader. If you aren’t sure where to start, Future Line Truck Equipment can help. We have a large inventory of Boss, Western, and SaltDogg spreaders as well as a wealth of information to help you choose the right one! To get started, review these 5 tips for choosing the salt spreader that is right for you.

1. Determine What You Will be using it For

Do you plan to use your new spreader on your driveway or do you manage a business that handles large commercial parking lots? How you plan to use your spreader will determine which size you need to purchase. For those larger applications, you will require a unit that allows you to load more material into it, meaning fewer refills. Such spreaders include a hopper spreader or a larger capacity tailgate spreader. If you plan to service driveways or smaller accounts, a smaller or mid-size capacity tailgate spreader will do just fine.

2. Know Which Type of Materials You Want to Spread

The type of spreader you purchase will also depend on the type of material you plan to spread. Bulk rock salt or any other material with larger chunks will be best suited for a hopper spreader or larger tailgate spreader. In addition, a “hopper spreader is better equipped to handle bulky material as well as material that may be a little more moist” (Boss). Finer spreader materials will work best in small to mid-size capacity spreaders since they have a hard time staying in larger units. If you don’t know yet what you want to spread, you can choose your spreader for other reasons and pick your material from there.

3. Figure Out Your Truck GWAR

GWAR stands for Gross Weight Axle Rating and ultimately determines the size of spreader you can get for your truck. For safety reasons, you cannot exceed your truck’s GWAR so you must choose a spreader that does not weigh more than the Gross Weight Axle Rating. Obliviously, the larger spreaders weigh more and it is your responsibility to know your GWAR before making a purchase.

4. Consider Ease of Attachment

How much do you care about the ease of which you can attach and detach your tailgate spreader? You may have to attach or detach your spreader in inclement conditions such as wind, snow, cold, or darkness and won’t want to be fussing with it for a long period of time. When looking at potential salt spreaders, be sure to check out how the attachment system works to discover what you like best.

5. Think About Where You Will Store It

Before you buy the largest salt spreader on the market, consider where you will store it. Large spreaders can take up quite a bit of space and if you do not have a garage or shed that will safely store the piece of equipment, you will have to find a place to store it. Additionally, the material you use should be stored in a covered, waterproof storage facility. Do not leave salt sitting outside where it can get wet. This will make it difficult to spread and could even damage your equipment.

If you need assistance choosing the right spreader, contact Future Line. Our large inventory of spreaders can meet any demand.

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