All Season PerformersWhen your spreader has finished beating the ice and snow, it can spread materials for other activities the whole year round. They really are 'All Season Performers'.
Thoughtful features, premium performanceMeyer has made a commitment to deliver the highest quality snow and ice control equipment in the industry. We've transformed the way we develop, design, manufacture and deliver every product we sell. That's why over the past few years we have undergone a complete transformation. The tradition continues with our full line of premium spreaders.
Minimise RiskThe HSE 1992 Act (now including the HSE Preventing Slips and Trips at Work 2005 Act) states that in abnormal weather conditions, arrangements should be made to minimise risks from snow and ice on floorway and traffic routes. Meeting the requirements of this regulation can involve salt-gritting and snow clearing.
Section 41 of the 1980 Highways Act states that highway authorities have a duty to ensure that the public highways under their jurisdiction are kept free of snow and ice.
In addition many local authorities and public organisation have to prove that they have carried out preventive measures and track this activity. We work closely with organisations that can offer this support, such as APD.
Proper PreparationOur spreaders are the perfect solution to controlling snow and ice, while maintaining lots and roadways. From the front to the back of your vehicle, look to Meyer...we have you covered. It's important to remember that proper preparation is essential when working in harsh conditions.
Meyer Spreader Features
Most Blasters comes standard with a class 3, 2-inch receiver hitch. This allows for easy on/off. No more struggling when you want to remove the spreader from your pickup truck.
The Blaster 750R comes standard with a motor guard that helps protect the motor during use. No more worrying the motor will be damaged when backing up your vehicle. And in the off-season, the motor guard serves as a storage stand when the spreader is removed from the vehicle.
Meyer Blasters features an industry-leading 1/2 HP industrial-duty direct drive motor that creates up to 75% more auger power than non-direct drive systems. This allows the spreader to grind through large chunks of material to keep you productive even in the harshest conditions. The motor shaft is made of stainless steel and is press-fitted with double ball bearings for added reliability because that is what it takes to get the job done right.
Blasters come standard with a patented one-touch in-cab controller to give you total control over all spreader functionality. This includes an auto-stop mode for the spinner. When engaged, the spinner will automatically stop spinning when the truck's brakes are applied for more than five seconds.
Get the power you need at the touch of a button. Meyer Blasters controllers come standard with a "Blast" mode which provides an on-command 70 amp surge of power to grind through annoying chunks of salt or sand. It also gives you the power you need to spread additional material in areas that need more attention.
Need to shake things up to keep material flowing smoothly? The Meyer Blaster comes standard with many easy-to-use, performance-enhancing features such as auto-vibrate. This function automatically vibrates the spreader for ten seconds every sixty (60) seconds to keep your load agitated and ready to spread.
Changing snow and ice conditions means you need to adjust the amount of material you put down. That's why Meyer Blaster controllers feature variable speed material output. You simply turn the dial to adjust the amount of material you need, saving you time and money.
When choosing a tailgate spreader, competitive models usually come with one auger to spread different materials. You know that is not going to work, and we know it, too. That's why Meyer offers five different auger extensions to match the material you are spreading. When adding the proper auger extension, Meyer Blasters have the ability to spread any of the following materials: rock salt, calcium chloride, ice melt, 50/50 rock salt/sand, sand only, fine salt, fine gravel and salt mixes.
Here is a guide for highway maintenance
Why is salt used on roads and pedestrian areas?Treatment of roads and pedestrian areas with salt is carried out to prevent frost and ice forming and reduce the build up of snow to help provide a safe passage on the highest priority roads and pedestrian areas.
How does salt prevent frost and ice forming?Frost and ice form when water freezes. Salt spread on roads and pedestrian areas mixes with any moisture and creates a saline solution. Saline solutions freeze at a lower temperature than water, so frost and ice don't form on the road, even though the temperature is below freezing for water. It's for exactly the same reason why salty sea water freezes at a lower temperature than fresh water. The actual freezing point of a saline solution depends on the salinity (strength) of the saline solution. The applicable amount of salt is spread on the roads to ensure, as far as possible, that the salinity of any moisture on the roads is sufficient enough to prevent the formation of frost and ice.
Will salt melt snow?No. Salt doesn't directly melt snow as it firstly has to mix with the snow to form a saline solution and lower the melting point. If snow is predicted, salt is spread in advance so when the first snow falls it can start to mix with salt to create a saline solution which can reduce the build up (accumulation) of snow and prevent the formation of ice. However, in prolonged periods of snowfall the snow can fall at a rate faster than the salt can mix with the snow which means the snow may accumulate.
Accumulated snow will have to be ploughed away from the roads or cleared in the pedestrian areas, but this is made much easier by salt spread in advance of the snowfall as the salt already applied reduces the likelihood of the snow freezing on the surface.
Placing salt on top of snow which has already fallen has limited benefits. Ideally, snow should be cleared before salt is applied to the road or pedestrian area.
When is the best time to spread salt?This depends on a variety of factors. When it's known with certainly from the weather forecast the roads will require gritting treatment, where possible carry out the gritting treatment in the evening at approximately 6.30pm and / or in the morning at approximately 4.30am.
Gritting at this time ensures the best performance of the grit. Spreading salt at these times also means the roads are treated in advance of peak traffic flows, before the times where frost and ice will form, and when there will be enough traffic on the roads to help the salt mix with the moisture to form a saline solution.
Where the weather forecast cannot confirm with certainty that a treatment will be needed, continuously monitor the weather data and order a grit treatment only if it is needed. If the time of salt spreading coincides with the rush hours, gritters can be severely delayed and get stuck in traffic, so always try to avoid gritting during rush hours wherever possible.
Difficulties can arise when rain is forecast to continue right up to the time of freezing or when the rain is forecast to turn to snow. In these circumstances gritters must wait until the rain has stopped or the salt will be washed away.
What is rock salt?The salt to use on the roads and pedestrian areas is rock salt. Rock salt is more than 90% pure Sodium Chloride (salt) with the remaining insolubles consisting mainly of Keuper Marl which helps to protect the salt quality. Marl also helps improve friction when salt is used as a highway de-icer.
How long can rock salt be stored for?Cover salt stocks to ensure it is well preserved and in the best condition for gritting. Always ask for all salt bin lids to be kept closed to prevent the salt quality from deteriorating. If rock salt is kept dry it can last for a long time. It is also more effective if it is kept dry before it is spread.
If it's exposed to water it will dissolve and will be washed away, meaning the salt concentration is less when it is spread so it is less effective. Rock salt will also bind together when it gets wet so has to be broken up before it can be used. However, there are often clumps left, which means the rock salt won't spread as evenly and will be less effective as a result.