c) The idler shaft is adjustable for proper chain tensions; tighten the
chain until there is no buckling and pintle chain lies flat. (Over-tightening causes
excessive wear on bearings and sprockets.)
23. Regular cleaning will prolong the life of the spreader. Empty and clean
the spreader unit, including the hopper, conveyor belt, spinner, and all associated
parts after each day's use. High-pressure water or steam are effective cleaning
agents. Park the unit with the discharge end lower than the front end and block
up the conveyor chain to ensure that all salt/sand particles are washed away.
Thoroughly clean the rear-end assembly, as accumulations here can affect the
spread pattern. Also, take special care when cleaning the floor area, because any
buildup here can cause damage to the conveying system. Lubricate/grease all
spreader moving parts after washing.
24. If the spreader unit remains on a vehicle or is placed on supports on the
ground, ensure that the rear end is lower than the front end for drainage.
25. If the spreader is to be stored for any length of time, take the following
a) Clean the spreader unit completely.
b) Lubricate the unit thoroughly.
c) Repair or replace parts as necessary.
d) Sand, clean, and repaint rusty areas.
e) Store the unit with rear end low for drainage.
26. Control panel operating instructions:
a) Make sure everyone is clear of all moving parts before attempting to
b) Turn clutch switch to "Off"position. (Engine will not turn over with
clutch in "On"position.)
c) The electric throttle control is the upper left-hand switch with "+"
INCREASE and "" DECREASE. By holding switch toward "+" INCREASE
for approximately 5 seconds, the control will move from idle to full throttle and
stop in the choke position, allowing switch to be released.
d) Turn "ignition" switch to "On"position and push starter button
momentarily until engine starts. (Engine RPM reading will come on and show
on the console on some models. Otherwise, get out of the vehicle and check to
see that the engine is running wide open.)