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It's OK, not recommended for anything but ice melt pellets
on February 1, 2017
Not for commercial use. I have a 35 space parking lot to cover. The screen deck above the auger prevents too much weight from sitting on the auger which would bind and strip gears. Problem is the screen deck design. It easily works with small ice melt pellets but doesn't allow flow of rock salt or road salt. So to use the bigger salt needed for a parking lot the screen deck has to come out. By doing this you can't fill the hopper up but maybe with 25lbs of salt or the weight of the salt binds the auger which binds the gears and they slip and grind. Very frustrating to have to fill 2-3 times to cover the lot. Using ice melt pellets you can put nearly 50lbs in no problem. When working properly it does a good job throwing salt 15 in all directions and the adjustable flaps off the spreader make it easy to control which side it throws from or how far. After 5-6 uses its covered in salt dust. I'm afraid that the cheap steel used for the frame is going to rust out by the end of the season. We will see. I'm also concerned the gears will be shot as any binding of the auger strips the gears. When it has salt in it, the gears tend to bind when just wheeling it around from place to place. So long as you are throwing salt while moving its not an issue. Not practical to throw salt all the time just to wheel it from place to place. For residential use, using ice melt pellets I recommend it. For bigger jobs or commercial work using bigger Salt pieces, you may want to consider more heavy duty options. I chose this one for the price and while better than a Scott's seed spreader that broke after 3 uses, I can see having to buy another one for next season.