Compact Equipment

OCT 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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Before getting to work, there are a few safety concerns to address. First, operators need to be aware of their sur- roundings and never use the spreader around people. Low speeds are required when running this type of at- tachment. Do not exceed 10 to 15 mph. The right per- sonal protective equipment is also encouraged such as eye protection, earplugs and protective clothing (think gloves, boots, etc., given the cold temps). McArdle cau- tions that operators should secure any loose-fitting clothing or belongings before starting the UTV and al- ways park the vehicle on a level surface. As for spreading the salt, it will take time behind the wheel. Operators will need to become familiar with the spreader and the best way to use it. "Spreading salt can take some practice, especially when learning how to fine-tune the application rate and adjust the speed of the spinner controls, the width of the spread and the speed of the vehicle, which ulti- mately controls the application rate," says VanderHey- den. "It's always a good practice to not leave material in the hopper for extended periods of time. It can attract moisture and harden, making it difficult for the mate- rial to go through the gate or be cleaned out." Understanding Upkeep Although salt is a corrosive material, salt spreaders are typically made to withstand any damage from it. This cou- pled with an easy maintenance routine helps keep the salt spreader in tip-top shape. "Most utility vehicle spreaders are made with powder- coated steel and have polyethylene hopper bodies providing protection from corrosion," says McArdle. "Most tailgate and in-bed salt spreaders will also come standard with a material deflector to protect the vehicle from flying material." As for maintenance, McArdle recommends conducting pre- and post-season checks that include inspecting com- ponents such as the belt, chain and auger for wear, check- ing motor terminals and seals for damage or corrosion and ensuring all fasteners and screws are tight. Greg Blankenheim, director of sales for ASH North Amer- ica, the parent company of Meyer Products, says it's im- portant to clean or wash the UTV and spreader after every snow event, as well as lubricate all of the attachment's mov- ing metal parts frequently. Always make sure to check the spreader's operator's manual for any specific maintenance points for a particular model. Pam Kleineke is managing editor of Compact Equipment. When working with a salt spreader, be sure to operate the attachment away from people and do not exceed speeds of 10 to 15 mph.

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