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Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
January 27, 2021

HOW TO KEEP YOUR SALT SPREADER RUGGED

Written by: Kate Huffman

Keeping asphalt and pavement clear of snow and ice can be a demanding task, especially if your salt spreader breaks down. Performing routine maintenance will help extend the life of your equipment so you can spend more time in your truck and less in the shop. Check The ROP Shop's Rugged U top tips below for keeping your spreader rugged!

1. Keep It Clean

You’ll need to perform this bit of maintenance more frequently than any other, especially mid-season. To prevent corrosion from forming, it’s important to wash the salt residue off the spreader. For steel hoppers, which are especially prone to rust, it’s a good idea to do this after every use.

To get started, set the spreader on its side and give it a good hose-down (a pressure washer is ideal for this job). The water should carry any dirt or salt away without the use of soap or another solvent. If you’re cleaning an electric spreader, be careful to stay at least 3 feet away from electrical components.

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2. Empty the Hopper

Now, I know what you’re thinking. How am I supposed to clean the spreader when there’s still salt in the hopper?

Leaving salt in the hopper isn’t a good idea; it can freeze and damage the equipment. Not to mention, it can make your drag chains especially prone to corrosion. Make sure you run that sucker dry every time you’re out, and bring it home empty in preparation for cleaning.

3. Grease Is a Good Thing

This is a multi-step process, so buckle in. Any moving parts (such as augers, bearings, chains, conveyors, rollers, and spinners) should be lubricated with a high-quality multi-purpose grease or oil. Since all control products are susceptible to corrosion, make sure you get those integrated grease fittings as well.

This will vary by the type of spreader you’re maintaining. Models with more moving parts (such as conveyor-fed types) will require more lubrication. On the flip side, some auger-fed spreaders don’t use chains, conveyors, or pulleys, and only need grease in a couple of places as a result.

For any spreader, all electric connections or plugs should be coated with dielectric grease any time they are disconnected. This will protect them from corrosion and help with simple reconnection.

A controller box for salt spreaders. A controller box for salt spreaders.

Rugged Doesn’t Mean Invincible

Let’s face it. No matter how well you maintain your equipment, in the wise words of Forrest Gump, “It happens, sometimes.” But don’t let it get you down! If your controller box is the problem, The ROP Shop has a large inventory of snowplow parts and accessories and might just have what you need to get your spreader up and running again.

Have questions? Let us know! Send us an e-mail, chat with us on our site, or give us a call! (1-844-697-6774) We’re here to help.

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