Bobcat Company has broadened its utility vehicle attachment versatility with a new spreader, available for the company's Model Year 15 3400, 3600 and 3650 utility vehicles. This is the first spreader attachment specifically designed for use with select Bobcat utility vehicles, and is specially fitted for the cargo box.
The spreader is mounted in the utility vehicle’s cargo box and is designed to spread sand and salt for winter maintenance tasks. Powered by a 12-volt DC drive motor, the new spreader can distribute salt or sand — from 5 to 38 feet — from the spinner wheel to melt snow and ice from surfaces. Having a spreader on a small utility vehicle means operators can spread salt and sand on sidewalks, trails, driveways, intersections and parking lots, where larger vehicles often cannot go.
Two variable-speed dials on the dash-mounted control allow for independent adjustment of the auger and spinner control. A three-stage baffle also is designed to help operators to adjust the material flow for proper material granularity.
The rust-resistant, double-wall poly-molded hopper is designed for rugged ice and snow applications. It can hold up to 10.6 cubic feet of heaped (7.8 cubic feet struck [level]) salt or sand. A mesh screen at the top of the hopper is designed so that large chunks of sand and salt are filtered at an even and consistent flow. A vibrator feature also helps reduce the bridging of material for a constant and even flow.
Attaching and detaching the spreader may be accomplished by one person if a forklift is available thanks to the spreader's pallet fork slots. A spring-latch locking mechanism allows the spreader’s spinner to be removed for storage and cleaning.