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With a little planning, even the toughest winters can be more easily handled with the right salt spreader. ATV salt spreaders, truck spreaders, manual hand spreaders, brine dispensers and others can all make the winter less imposing when the snow flies.

Salt, or sodium chloride, is a chemical compound. Salt occurs naturally in many areas of the world. Salt ATV Spreadercrystals are cubic in form - if you view salt through a magnifying glass, you will see small “squares” or cubes.

Of course crystal salt is still one of the primary materials used to help clear our roadways and sidewalks in the advent of snow and ice accumulation. More recently salt brine and other chemicals are being used for treatment to help maintain good road conditions in snow. An advantage to using a salt brine for road treatment is that it can be applied before the snow conditions actually arrive. It also improves the reaction time of the salt and distributes more evenly over road surfaces.

Salt is an effective product to use on roadways to keep the water in snow from turning to ice, but only up to a point. Once outside temperatures drop too far, then the salt loses its ability to overcome the freezing. At this point the snow plows can go to work until temperatures rise high enough to allow the salt to begin working again. Sand may be effective in helping eliminate slippery conditions when temperatures become extremely low.

Where an area is smaller and conditions warrant, a salt spreader is used to spread sand. Sand acts as an abrasive on the surface and can help eliminate slippery spots. Sand is effective in certain conditions but does not have any chemical characteristics for actual melting of snow and ice. It is not unusual to see a mix of salt and sand applied to road surfaces in some areas in order to improve traction for vehicles.

When considering the purchase of an ATV salt spreader by sure to match the capacity of the salt spreader to the size of the area you will be clearing. An undersized spreader will result in more stops to reload salt, burning extra fuel and lengthening your time to complete the job. Another important planning step is to insure that you have an adequate supply of salt on hand for the season.

ATV SpreadersDon't forget to take the time to check and maintain your sand and salt spreader equipment during the summer and other equipment idle periods. Use a "come up" system on your calendar to remind you to make regular checks. Start the engine and make sure the spreader operating properly. Keep your fuel supply fresh. Check oil and lubrication of the equipment, and change fuel, oil, and air filters as required. Check any drive belts for excessive wear and replace as necessary. You don't want to find out during the first big snow storm of the season that your spreader is not functioning properly.

Remember that once the precipitation has stopped, the sun is your friend when trying to clear the road, driveway or sidewalk. The combination of rising temperatures and sunshine can help you get that surface cleared even faster.

Whether you are using salt spreading equipment make sure to have other bystanders stay clear of it to avoid any chance of injury to them. Salt and/or sand is being spread by the spreader, and you will usually be on a slick surface that could result in a sudden move by the spreader in an unexpected direction.

When using your spreader outdoors in extremely cold weather be sure to take precautions against frost bite. In addition, use extreme caution when working on snow and ice covered surfaces whether you are riding or ATV Spreaderwalking. Even treated surfaces can still present spots where a slip or slide can occur and result in injury.

Remember the safety rules when working around or operating a spreader of any kind. Keep your hands clear of the moving spreader parts at all times. Safety glasses will prevent eye injury from flying particles of salt, sand, and debris thrown up by the spreader.

Finally, if you have to get out of a vehicle to shovel or chip the ice and snow, remember not to overdo it physically. Every winter there are reports of people suffering heart attacks when working to clear snow and ice manually.

Local businesses and governments may also be using large scale sand and salt spreaders and other snow and ice removal equipment. Always be aware of any equipment in use nearby to avoid a collision or other injury.

 

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