Designing on a dime

Not many private fleets specify and repair anything and everything from a sewer rodder to a fogger, a brush cutter to a hydraulic crane, an asphalt recycler to a pontoon boat. This piece of specialized equipment belongs to the City of Hollister in California, one of the subjects of our cover story beginning on page 28. Photo: Nick Lovejoy Photography

Behind the truck: A boom made of PVC pipe and positioned behind the tailgate allows trucks to be used for anti-icing brine applications and/or salt spreading. Although prewetting in the auger is now thought to be more effective, the boom can also be used to prewet salt at the spinner. Photo: Harvey Williams

Inside the auger: When salt is wet before it's applied to pavement, it starts melting ice upon contact. Applying brine solution to salt within the truck's auger with a prewet device like this keeps granules from blowing away in the wind or bouncing onto roadsides. Photo: Mike Scaramella

Suburban-Chicago employee Matt Bartlett spent $2,300 to build this 300-gallon anti-icer. He designed the unit to be lifted into a standard pickup truck and removed when the vehicle's needed for something else. Photos: Harvey Williams

New Jersey Superintendent Steven Alexander spent $700 to convert this former fire tanker to an anti-icing vehicle with a driver-regulated spray boom. Photos: Steven Alexander

The driving force behind the brine system: a gas-powered centrifugal pump pressurizes the system and circulates the brine to the boom at the back of the truck.

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