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A Guide to Salt Spreaders, Grit Spreaders and Rock Salt Spreaders from Gardenlines


Rock salt and grit may be cheap, and easily accessible from the council bin at the end of the road, but it is not really suitable for use in a spreader. Rock salt becomes clogged in the hopper very easily, especially when damp, and is notoriously difficult to spread. Rock salt is also corrosive and will make your spreader rust more quickly unless you clean it out thoroughly and keep it dry after every use. For these reasons we do not recommend that you use rock salt - use ice melt instead.

Free-flowing, dry ice melt and white processed salts will spread more easily than rock salt or grit. They can be used in a spreader in the same way that a fertiliser can. Although more expensive than rock salt per kilogram, ice melt can be more economical because you can finely adjust the flow rate so that you use less product per square meter.

Please see our blog post ‘Choose Ice Melt and not Rock Salt or Grit Salt for your Winter Spreader’ to find out more.


Types of Spreaders


Push Broadcast Spreaders

These spreaders will spread your ice melt by means of the salt falling onto a rotating disc which casts the salt far and wide. The flow rate can be adjusted using a lever on the handle.

If possible choose a spreader with a stainless steel frame and enclosed gearing so that it is less likely to corrode. Pneumatic tyres, as opposed to solid ones, are also useful because they have a better grip in icy conditions.

Towable Spreaders

Towable spreaders work in the same way as push spreaders except they can be attached to a ride-on mower or quad bike and towed. Some push spreaders, such as the new EarthWay Flex Select range, can be converted from push to tow so you can have the best of both worlds.

Industrial, Vehicle-Mounted Spreaders

Vehicle mounted salt spreaders are suitable for more heavy duty spreading work. These spreaders can be mounted on fork lift trucks, most 4x4 vehicles or towable trailers. These spreaders include covers to protect the contents from rain and snow. The capacity of the vehicle mounted spreaders is much larger compared to regular spreaders due to the nature of the work they have to do. These are suitable for mostly commercial use.


Which Spreader is Suitable for You?


Consider the size of the area that you want to cover. If you have a small area to clear then a push spreader will suit you. If you have a larger area to cover, and have a ride on lawn mower or tractor, then you will find that a towable spreader will get the job done quickly. If you have a huge area to clear consider a vehicle mounted grit spreader.


Popular Push Spreaders


Handy Salt and Fertiliser Spreader THSS80 36.5kg

Handy Salt and Fertiliser Spreader THSS80 36.5kg
  • An all-round spreader, will spread dry, free flowing ice melts, fertiliser and seeds
  • 36.4kg (80lb) capacity
  • Stainless steel frame
  • Has a 3m (10') to 3.65m (12') spreading width
  • Has pneumatic tyres for ease of use
  • Uses an adjustable flow rate
  • Has a folding handle for easy storage


Earthway 2040pi Plus Winter Broadcast Spreader

Earthway Winter Salt Spreader
  • Specifically designed to spread winter ice melt products
  • Has a 25kg capacity
  • Has the Ev-n-Spread ice melt gear box for easy handling on ice
  • Has treaded, pneumatic tyres
  • Uses an adjustable flow rate
  • Includes a 12 month domestic warranty
  • Optional extra of rain cover and deflector available


Agri-Fab 45 0462 Push Spreader

Agri Fab 45 0462 Salt Spreader
  • Specifically designed to spread ice melts and free flowing processed salt
  • 56kg (125lb) hopper capacity
  • Innovative side shield protects flower beds and driveways
  • Will cover an area of about 1/2 acre
  • Has pneumatic tyres for ease of use
  • Uses an adjustable flow rate
  • Includes a 2 year domestic warranty


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