For those brave and daring souls who have followed my adventures over in the SCUT thread, I thought I would dare venture out of the SCUT and OTHER TOPIC threads and "spread my wings" and "expand my horizons". After all, I don't want to be thought of as only "Two Categorical".....
I have been having trouble with my "Wizzer".......The battery powered, hand held spreader version......
I plow snow for many of my neighbors and I take this responsibility seriously. While it is expressly communicated and agreed to by all parties involved that I can not assure "Safe Conditions" despite my efforts to clear snow and apply ice melting products, I want to make a reasonable effort to prevent anyone from slipping or falling on their walks or driveways. Also, our neighborhood has private roads and they are "rolling" which means the USPS delivery person has a hard time getting the USPS 2wd Jeep to start and stop on the inclines with ice and hard pack conditions.
As a result, I always plow every mailbox area of the drives I care for as well as any of the drives which have inclines or other "extenuating circumstances", I clear the snow and spread the snow melt material. The UPS and Fed Ex and USPS people work hard and I don't want to see them or anyone else slip and get hurt on one of the drives or walks for which I m responsible.
Scotts Wizz Spreader - Spreader - Scotts
This is the $15 to $20 "Wizz" er spreader I have used for spreading side walk snow melt material. I do NOT use rock Salt. I use some special blue tinted material which my K9 kids can walk on and not burn their feet and also so it doesn't damage the surface.
The Wizz in a summary;
2. Simple to operate. Set, fill, pull trigger
3. Spreads snow melt if the conditions are correct
1. Cheaply built
2. Batteries don't like cold so you must use Lithium Batteries
3. Clogs if the setting is about 4 (out of 1 to 10)
4. Plastic drive components and I have taken it apart and fixed it now 3 or 4 times.
Summary - The Wizz is better than spreading snow melt by hand because it helps regulate it and you can use less snow melt and achieve the same safe conditions verses spreading it with a bowl or by hand, etc.
In my search for a more robust and "Professional" spreader which is very portable, I found this item..