Bobcat has broadened its utility vehicle attachment line with a new spreader. It’s available for 2015 models 3400, 3600 and 3650 utility task vehicles (UTVs). This is the company’s first spreader attachment specifically designed for use with the Bobcat UTV models.
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 spreader can distribute salt or sand from 5 to 38 feet from the spinner wheel. Bobcat notes that while UTVs can spread salt and sand on sidewalks, trails, driveways and intersections, larger vehicles often can’t access those areas because of space restrictions.
The manufacturer says UTV operators can distribute salt or sand precisely without leaving their seat. Two variable-speed dials on the dash allow for independent adjustment of the auger and spinner control. A three-stage baffle also enables operators to adjust the flow for proper material granularity.
Bobcat says the hopper is rust resistant and durable. It can hold up to 10.6 cubic feet of heaped (7.8 cubic feet level) salt or sand. In addition, a mesh screen at the top of the hopper allows for large chunks of sand and salt to be filtered at an even and consistent flow. A vibrator feature also helps reduce the bridging of material for a constant and even flow.
The spreader is easy to install and remove from the UTV, according to Bobcat, which describes the process as a “one-man job.” In addition, a spring-latch locking mechanism allows the spreader’s spinner to be removed for storage and cleaning.