SnowEx says its new HELIXX poly hoppers feature an advanced material delivery system, which, combined with a multi-dimensional tub design, outperforms traditional augers and delivers unmatched material flow.
The system also offers the triple-threat capability to spread, pre-wet and spray with one machine, the company said.
The corkscrew, or “helix,” design of the patent-pending HELIXX material delivery system is optimized for efficient and cost-effective use of salt, and was engineered to operate in the target range for salt spreading best practices. Whether spreading 100% salt, 100% sand, or any mix in between, the HELIXX is engineered to prevent clogs and provide a flow of material superior to that of traditional auger spreaders.
A key advantage of the HELIXX is that it runs the full length of the poly hopper with variable flights. Combined with strategically positioned ribs/angles in the multi-dimensional tub, the HELIXX promotes optimal material flow and even unloading.
The cab-forward hopper design is intended to deliver improved payload distribution, helping reduce stress on the truck. The HELIXX extends beyond the hopper and into the patented pre-wet mixing chamber to help prevent leaking/spilling during transport, while providing an ideal location for pre-wetting material.
By adding accessories such as the pre-wet tanks, a pump and a set of boom-less nozzles, the HELIXX poly hopper becomes a triple threat to spread, pre-wet and spray. Not only can the spreaders pre-wet materials, but they also can be used for spraying brine directly onto the driving surface for anti-icing and deicing applications, SnowEx said.
Designed for use with full-size pickups, flatbed trucks or dump-bed trucks, the HELIXX poly hopper lineup includes four different models, ranging in capacity from 1.5 to 5.0 cubic yards. The hoppers are supported by a corrosion-resistant stainless steel frame that features a leg-and-sill design to form a ridged backbone structure for greater durability. For quick installation and removal, fork pockets are built into the legs.
Baffles within the spreader’s chute direct material to key areas on the spinner, resulting in an even and consistent spread pattern, the company said, while also reducing material directed back at the vehicle. Three spinner height adjustments (standard on the two largest models) allow the spreaders to achieve a consistent spinner height of 18 to 22 inches off the ground, regardless of vehicle type. A dual variable-speed control allows independent adjustment of spinner and HELIXX speeds for precise material delivery, whether at low or high output.
Additional standard features include dump switches, a flip-up and removable chute, tarp cover, top screen, vibrator and work light. Available options and accessories include an inverted “V” for materials susceptible to compacting, strobe lights, secondary work light, ratchet straps, chain kit, pre-wet tanks and spray boom.
SnowEx said more information on the new HELIXX poly hopper spreaders will be available at snowexproducts.com in May.