Buyers SaltDogg WB100B 1.5 Cubic Foot/100-Pound Capacity Poly Walk Behind Snow Broadcast Spreader With Carbon Steel Frame & 13-Inch Pneumatic Tires
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- Large 1.5 cubic foot polymer hopper
- Capacity: 100-pounds of bagged salt, ice melt, or other free-flowing materials
- Adjustable spread path from 3-foot to 30-foot.
- Expanded metal hopper screen helps prevent material jamming
- Includes a durable plastic rain cover to protect from moisture and spillage.
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This salt spreader is ideal for use on sidewalks, driveways and more! Winter salt spreader has an all-welded steel frame with a black powder coat finish. Salt spreader has a large 1.5 cu. ft. polymer hopper with screen that helps prevent material jamming. Walk behind salt spreader has 100 lb. capacity and features large 13 diameter pneumatic tires that make pushing through slush and ice a breeze.
•Large 1.5 cubic foot polymer hopper
•Capacity: 100-pounds of bagged salt, sand or other free-flowing materials
•Adjustable spread path from 3-foot to 30-foot
•Expanded metal hopper screen helps prevent material jamming
•Includes a durable plastic rain cover to protect from moisture and spillage
From the Manufacturer
Rugged design and smooth operation. One piece fully-welded black carbon steel frame, Large 1.5 cubic foot polymer hopper, Capacity: 100-pounds of bagged salt, ice melt, or other free-flowing materials, Large 13-inch pneumatic tire make pushing through slush and ice a breeze, Adjustable spreader path from 3-foot to 30-foot, Large flow regulator on handle offers ease of operation, Solid control linkage eliminates sticking and stretched cables, 3-flap adjustable poly deflector controls spread pattern (ideal for sidewalks, near sensitive foliage, etc.), Additional fixed rear deflector protects operator feet, Ergonomic handle, Expanded metal hopper screen helps prevent material jamming, Includes a durable, double stitched plastic rain cover to protect from moisture and spillage, Heavy-duty stainless steel gears for added strength.
Top customer reviews
It rolls a lot better if I keep the wheels inflated and frequently spray it with WD40.
There are several parts that are starting to rust, but these parts do not really affect how it works (cheap steel vs SS).
I do not want to fork over more than $200 for a better built spreader.
Overall, I do not regret buying it and now that I have it figured out, it works just fine.
I still use it and do not foresee replacing it any time soon.
I would not put 2 bags of salt into it at once and I have never tried it with sand (wet or dry).
I would have hoped that after 4 years, they would have fixed this issue, but I see a Jan 2014 review with the seemingly the same issue ("main gear does not line up properly," however another review mentions this:
A distributor around town explained the earlier made wb100's were defective and that certain online retailers have a huge stock of 2-3 year old units that are sold at discounted prices... If this is the spreader for you it may be worth it to pay a little extra and get one from you local distributor to ensure you have the "updated" spreader.
I used to have photos up there to show how to fix it, however they seem to have been deleted.>
For the money, it is reasonably well built machine with one HUGE exception. However I finally got it working and it works far better than any of the cheaper spreaders that I have used in the past.
But that exception was a biggie and worth a 2 star knockoff...
I was about 1/2 way thru my first salting of the sidewalk when it started jamming. The flat end of the spinner gear teeth were not always going directly into the holes of the drive gear, but rather occasionally hitting the edge of the opening and the unit just stops dead in its tracks and you get a handle to the stomach.
All of those pieces came pre-assembled and are not very adjustable.
My first attempt at fixing it was calling them to ask for suggestions. I called them repeatedly over the course of two weeks and finally got a call back. His reponse was that the set screw at the base of the 6 tooth gear assembly needs adjusting. Made sense during the phone call, but as I took a look in more depth today, not so much. There is no set screw there, just a long coil pin thru the axle of the spinner assembly. This is actually much better than a set screw as it cannot come loose, however no help to my problem.
As I investigated, it seems that the problem is that the large drive gear (the large circular plate with the holes for the 6 tooth spinner gear to drive) is wobbling too far away from the 6 tooth gear. The drive gear seemed too loose on the axle allowing it to wobble too much. I saw that someone else in here moved a washer, but this fix was not clear to me. The ideal solution in my mind was to use a very thin piece of aluminum to drive between the drive gear and the axle, but I did not have any, so I just used a rotary tool and ground away the corners of the 6 teeth and it seemed to work, until I actually had it loaded with salt and wanted to use it, so back to the drawing board.
I finally had inspiration by realizing that an aluminum can may be the solution, and it was. I cut up the can to make three thin strips equal in length to the circumference of the axle. I got two into the space between the bolt and the spinner assembly and one on the other side of the bolt (all between the drive gear and the axle. No more wobble and it is always tight against the 6 tooth spinner gear and it works well now.
The instructions on SaltDoggs website are far more detailed than the one that comes with it. Tho those instructions have an addendum instructing you to install a locking coller on the lower linkage that did not come with my WB100B.
The instructions show the agitator pin, but does not show you where it goes. There is a hole in the tip of the shaft of the spinner assembly. It goes in there to agitate the salt so it flows better.
I have not tried it with fertilizer yet, so I am still uncertain how the markings compare to the suggestions you see on the bags of fertalizers. <Update, I did try and the long oval nature of the holes did not fair very well. Too difficult to ensure even coverage.>
Unlike another reviewer, when I put mine together, the slotes did close 100%, they just did not open 100% without removing the thumb set screw, but I have not had a need to open it 100% yet.
UPDATE: 02/27/15. I have used this spreader numerous times now and could not be more pleased with its performance. I have not had a single issue and it has performed flawlessly in a commercial use application.
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rusts immediately, gears always stick and the whole machine stops suddenly.