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BV Series IV V-Box Spreaders Operation and Parts Manual S/N 2481 & UP REV 080113

Table of contents

Safety Warnings ....................................................................................... 2 Hydraulic Installation ................................................................................ 6 Operating Instructions ............................................................................ 10 Spinner Operation .................................................................................. 11 Maintenance Guidelines ......................................................................... 12 Troubleshooting ...................................................................................... 13 Parts Breakdowns .................................................................................. 14 Mounting Diagrams – Chassis Mount Kit ............................................... 39 Mounting Diagrams – Nylon Strap Kit .................................................... 40 Mounting Diagrams – Tailgate Latch Kit ................................................. 41 Prewet Plumbing Kits ............................................................................. 45 Warranty Information ................................................................ Rear Cover

When ordering parts, please refer to the Model and Serial Numbers of your spreader. They are on the back cover of this manual.

SAFETY FIRST Please read this manual before attempting to install or operate this equipment.


The symbol at left means ALERT. Any time you see this symbol, you are being warned that your safety is in danger! Please be careful!

GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW: 1. Turn off all power including truck engine when servicing or installing equipment. 2. Follow all recommended operation procedures. 3. Follow a regular maintenance schedule so that your equipment is kept in good operating condition at all times. Improper maintenance can lead to failure during operation, which makes for unsafe conditions. 4. Recognize and avoid hazardous situations during the installation, operation, maintenance, and servicing of equipment. 5. Please pay attention to, and respect, safety decals. They are there to protect you from injury.

AVOID ACCIDENTS Most accidents, whether they occur in industry, on the farm, at home, or on the highway, are caused by failure of some individual to follow simple and fundamental safety rules or regulations. For this reason, most accidents can be prevented by recognizing the real cause and doing something about it before the accident occurs. Regardless of the care used in the design and construction of any type of equipment, there are many conditions that cannot be completely safeguarded against without interfering with reasonable accessibility and efficient operation. A careful operator is the best insurance against an accident. The complete observance of one simple rule would prevent many thousand serious injuries each year. That rule is:



PLEASE, ALWAYS THINK SAFETY FIRST! The purpose of this manual is to inform the person using the unit with the necessary information to properly install, operate, and maintain this unit. These instructions cannot replace the fundamental knowledge that a person must possess in order to safely and adequately operate this unit. The person must be qualified and possess the clear thinking necessary to install and operate this equipment. Since the life of any machine depends largely upon the care it is given, we suggest that this manual be read thoroughly and referred to regularly by anyone working on or around this unit. If for any reason you do not understand the instructions, please call your authorized service center or our office at (815) 284-3819. It has been our experience that by following these installation and maintenance instructions, and by observing the operation of this equipment, you will have sufficient understanding of how to troubleshoot and correct all normal problems that you may encounter during the life of the equipment. THE NEED FOR SAFETY CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH. WE URGE YOU TO MAKE SAFETY YOUR TOP PRIORITY WHEN OPERATING THIS UNIT OR ANY OTHER EQUIPMENT.



Issued: January 1, 1998


THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE IS A CAREFUL OPERATOR! This symbol means ATTENTION! Become Alert! Your safety is involved! Please read and understand completely before operating! Improper use of this equipment can result in serious injury. To reduce this possibility give complete and undivided attention to the job at hand, and follow these safety precautions. PREPARATION Know your controls. Read this instruction manual. Learn how to stop the equipment quickly in an emergency. Do not allow children to operate machine; nor adults to operate it without proper instructions. Keep all individuals not involved in the use of the equipment a safe distance away. OPERATION: Observe settings on all equipment controls, and shut off all equipment before starting engine so equipment will not intentionally operate when engine is started. Always check area around machine before engaging or operating controls. Always wear relatively tight and belted clothing when operating equipment. Loose jackets, shirts, sleeves or other loose clothing should not be worn because of the danger of catching them in moving parts or controls. Stop and inspect equipment if unusual movement, sounds or noises are observed. Repair damage before restarting and operating the equipment. Disengage power to all operating equipment: (1) before leaving operator’s position, (2) before making any repairs, adjustment, or cleaning, or (3) when not in use. Take all possible precautions when leaving the equipment unattended; such as disengaging the hydraulic system from thevehicle engine, shifting vehicle out of gear, setting parking brake, shutting off engine and removing key. NOTICE: INSTALLATION OF LIGHT BAR (If furnished) 1. DEPENDING UPON DISTANCE LIGHT BAR IS INSTALLED ABOVE GROUND, LIGHTING IN LIGHT BAR MAY NOT MEET FEDERAL LIGHTING REGULATIONS. EQUIPMENT INSTALLER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE ALL LIGHTING MEETS FEDERAL LIGHTING REGULATIONS. 2. ANY ADDITIONAL WIRING CONNECTIONS MADE ON TRUCK CHASSIS FOR “OPTIONAL” LIGHTING ON LIGHT BAR MUST BE MADE ACCORDING TO VEHICLE MANUFACTURER’S RECOMMENDATIONS. 3. It is the responsibility of the owner of this spreader to replace any or all safety decals which become unreadable or otherwise defaced, and to apply the new decals to the spreader in a secure manner in the same location as the old decals. Read and observe all “DANGER” and “CAUTION” safety decals appearing on equipment. The following safety decals appear in various locations on your equipment. The sizes of the decals shown in this manual have been reduced in order to save space. Refer to page 3 for the location of safety decals on your equipment. 4

This decal appears on the back left side of the spreader. It cautions all to observe general safety procedures when operating this equipment.

This decal appears near the spinner assembly on the back of the spreader. It alerts all to the danger of being struck by material being spread by the spinner assembly which could result in serious personal injury.

This decal appears on the back and front left and right sides of spreader. It alerts all to the danger of being caught inside the spreader when it is turned on, and where serious personal injury could result.

This decal appears on the back and front left and right sides of spreader. It alerts all to the danger of being caught in the dropout opening of the spreader conveyor where serious personal injury could result.




• Hydraulic Oil...........................................Good Grade of MS10W Hydraulic

Oil which has wear, oxidation and foam inhibitors.

• Oil Filter....................................................10 Micron Element Return Line • Relief Valve Setting..............................................................................1500 PSI • Oil Flow..............................................................Conveyor (A-Port) 0-15 GPM

Spinner (S-Port) 0-7 GPM






CONTROL HYDRAULICS INSTALLATION (Continued) 1. Hydraulic components should be kept as clean as possible during assembly operations.

6. Long runs of hose should be supported by nylon ties or clamping.

2. Galvanized pipe and pipe fittings must not be used because flaking of galvanizing material can cause damage to major hydraulic components.

7. (Auger, Spinner) Pressure and return hoses, connected to spinner or conveyor motors, may be reversed for proper motor rotation.

3. A pipe joint sealant, compatible with hydraulic oil, must be applied to all screwed fittings. (Teflon tape is not recommended.)

8. Three hose lines to rear of truck may be installed inside truck frame, under dump body floor, and secured in place. 9. Use hose manufacturers recommendations for fitting reusable hose ends.

4. Sufficient hose should be allowed for raising dump body without kinking or stretching hose. 5. Hose should be protected where severe wear may be caused by vibration or sliding movement.


Swivel adapters are included in kits when “screw-on” type reusable hose ends are furnished.

•This diagram is Bonnell Industries

complete recommended hydraulic system.

•This diagram may be used to install an entire system, or part of a system, depending upon kits supplied, and existing components on truck.

•Standard pump, valve, tank and hose kits make

•Alternate proven methods and components are

up the complete system.

acceptable to suit various truck model requirements.




1. WHEN STARTING UP NEW EQUIPMENT, BE SURE EVERYONE IS STANDING CLEAR, WATCH FOR ANYTHING THAT MAY REQUIRE SHUTTING SYSTEM DOWN. EQUIPMENT MUST BE STARTED UP SLOWLY AND WATCHED FROM A SAFE DISTANCE. WATCH FOR ANYTHING THAT MAY BE HITTING SOMETHING THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE HITTING, AND LISTEN FOR SOUNDS THAT ARE ABNORMAL. CORRECT ANYTHING THAT IS ABNORMAL BEFORE CONTINUING USE OF EQUIPMENT. 2. BEFORE WORKING IN OR AROUND SPREADING EQUIPMENT, HYDRAULIC CONTROL VALVE LEVER MUST BE IN “OFF” POSITION, PTO MUST BE DISENGAGED, AND TRUCK ENGINE MUST BE SHUT OFF. 3. WHEN SPREADER IS REMOVED FROM VEHICLE, OR NOT IN USE, THE VALVE ON-OFF LEVER SHOULD BE IN THE “OFF” POSITION. IF LEFT IN “ON” POSITION EXCESSIVE HEAT MAY OCCUR IF PUMP CONTINUES TO PUMP OIL THROUGH THE HYDRAULIC VALVE. THIS THEN COULD CAUSE A HOSE TO BURST SPRAYING HOT OIL ON THOSE NEARBY. 4. DURING SPREADER REMOVAL OPERATIONS, THE VALVE ON-OFF LEVER SHOULD BE IN THE “OFF” POSITION. PTO MUST BE DISENGAGED AND TRUCK ENGINE MUST BE SHUT OFF. INITIAL START UP: 1. Fill reservoir about three-fourths full with hydraulic oil. (See page 5 for type.) KEEP OIL CLEAN. 2. Start truck engine. 3. Be sure valve ON-OFF lever is in “OFF” position. 4. Keep Conveyor and spinner knobs on valve in closed position. 5. Engage PTO and allow hydraulic oil to circulate several minutes to warm up. 6. Open both valve knobs to first position. 7. Move valve ON-OFF lever to “ON” position. 8. Examine conveyor and spinner to see if they are functioning properly. (They will be operating slowly.) Spinner should turn in CCW rotation as viewed from above spinner. Conveyor should operate rearward. 9. Open valve knobs to other positions and check to see if spinner and conveyor operate faster as knobs are opened, and slower as knobs are closed. 10. Turn valve knobs to closed position and move ON-OFF lever to “OFF” position. 11. Shut Truck engine off. 12. Check entire hydraulic system for leaks. 13. Refill reservoir to three-fourth full. 14. Hydraulic system is now ready for use. 9

OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (Continued) PREPARING SPREADER FOR USE: 1. Position INTERNAL spinner baffles to position # 1 as shown on page 12. 2. Start truck engine and allow hydraulic system to warm up by shutting off spinner and conveyor knobs and moving ON-OFF lever to “ON” position. 3. Move ON-OFF lever to “OFF” position after warming up. 4. Put spreading material in V-Box. 5. Open spinner and conveyor knobs, and move ON-OFF lever to “ON” position. Spread small amount of material to determine placement of material at various spinner and conveyor speeds in this INTERNAL baffle position. 6. Move valve lever to “OFF” position and shut off truck engine. 7. Position INTERNAL spinner baffles to position # 3 as shown on page 12. 8. Start truck engine. 9. Open spinner and conveyor knobs, and move ON-OFF lever to “ON” position. Spread small amount of material to determine placement of material at various spinner and conveyor speeds in this INTERNAL baffle position. 10. Positioning EXTERNAL spinner baffles in high positions will give a spread pattern that will be wider than if EXTERNAL spinner baffles are in lower positions. 11. To adjust EXTERNAL baffles, pull hair pin, slide baffle tab out of slot, and pivot to desired position. Push baffle tab back into desired slot, and reinstall hair pin in baffle. 12. It should now be visible that various spread patterns can be obtained by placing INTERNAL and EXTERNAL spinner baffles in various positions, and by changing spinner speeds on valve. A spread pattern can be obtained which should satisfy all road surface coverage requirements. 13. It is suggested that the INTERNAL and EXTERNAL baffle positions, and the valve spinner control setting, be recorded for future use. OPERATING SPREADER: 1. Adjust INTERNAL and EXTERNAL spinner baffles to positions previously determined to give desired spread pattern. 2. For operating hydraulic system, follow same procedures as for preparing spreader for use. 3. Any valve knob setting changes may be made while truck is in motion. 4. Spinner and conveyor may be stopped at the same time, without changing their valve settings, by moving ON-OFF lever to “OFF” position. 10




DANGER! SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY CAN RESULT FROM BEING CAUGHT IN AN OPERATING CONVEYOR, A TURNING SPINNER, OR OTHER OPERATING TRUCK EQUIPMENT. BEFORE PERFORMING MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS, PARK VEHICLE ON LEVEL GROUND. SET PARKING BRAKE, SHUT OFF ALL POWER, AND SHUT OFF TRUCK ENGINE. ALWAYS REPLACE SHIELDS AND COVERS WHEN MAINTENANCE IS COMPLETE. 1. Maintain a three-fourths full reservoir using high grade non-foaming hydraulic oil. (See page 5.) 2. Avoid getting contaminants in reservoir when filling. 3. Replace filter cartridge with new cartridge at least twice a year and more often if necessary. (If installed, filter condition gauge has red zone indicating when cartridge needs changing.) 4. Clean hydraulic quick disconnects before taking apart or connecting. 5. Protect hydraulic quick disconnects while in use and after taking apart with oily rag or other suitable protection. 6. Conveyor bearings require periodic greasing every 15 hours of use and more frequent greasing during periods of greater use. 7. Gearbox should be checked for proper lubrication level, and SAE 90 gear type lubricant added if necessary. 8. Grease fittings on gearboxes should be greased at same time bearings are greased. CAUTION! Over greasing may cause seal damage. 9. Gearbox vents, when supplied, should be kept open at all times. or damage may result to seals. 10. Drag chain slack should be checked periodically and taken up until distance between centerline of rear sprocket and point where chain contacts lower flange on longitudinal is 8 inches to 20 inches. (See below.) 11. A coating of grease on V-Box drag chain take-up bolt is recommended for easier chain adjustment. 12. Follow engine manufacturers instructions for engine maintenance recommendations. 13. Hosing down and cleaning spreader after each use, and repainting or oiling after each season will greatly prolong spreader life. 14. Spreader should be completely emptied after each use during severe cold weather to prevent conveyor from freezing. If equipment will be set outside.

Centerline of rear sprocket.

Chain contacts lower flange. 12

HYDRAULIC TROUBLE-SHOOTING CHART CONDITION 1 Pump cavitation recognized by excessivenoise. CAUSE a. Air entering system through suction lines. b. Suction line kinked, twisted or too long. c. Inadequate size suction line. d. Hydraulic oil too heavy. e. Excessive pump speed. Normal pump speed 1200 to 1500 RPM. CORRECTION a. Check line from reservoir for possible leaks. b. Install suction line as short and straight as possible. c. Increase suction line size. d. Drain and replace with a lower viscosity nonhydraulic oil. e. Pump capacity is 16 GPM at 1000 RPM. Decrease PTO speed accordingly.

CONDITION 3 Erratic operation of conveyor and/or spinner. CAUSE a. Low oil level in reservoir. b. Worn or defective motor. c. Dirty, worn or defective flow control valve. d. Plugged filter. e. Relief valve setting too low. f. Pump cavitation. g. Air vent on reservoir tank is blocked. CORRECTION a. Fill reservoir to a 3/4 full level. *b. Repair or replace motor. *c. Clean, repair or replace flow control valve. d. Replace filter element and clean filter. e. Adjust relief valve for 1500 PSI. f. Refer to CONDITION 1. g. Clean or replace vent cap to admit atmospheric pressure to inside of tank.

CONDITION 2 Slow operation of conveyor and/or spinner. CAUSE a. Worn or defective pump. b. Worn or defective motor. c. Pump cavitation. d. Insufficient pump speed. CORRECTION *a. Repair or replace pump. *b. Repair or replace motor. c. Refer to CONDITION 1. d. Pump capacity is 16 GPM at 1000 RPM, Increase PTO accordingly.

CONDITION 4 Conveyor and/or spinner will not operate, or operates in wrong direction. CAUSE a. Quick disconnects are dirty or damaged causing incomplete connection. b. Hose connections wrong, causing motors to operate in wrong direction. c. Foreign material in valve compensator section. CORRECTION a. Clean or replace and properly connect. b. Refer to plumbing diagram for proper hose connections, and reconnect. c. Refer to illustration for proper hose connections at motor and reconnect. d. Remove compensator section and clean. NOTE: If a motor operates in the wrong direction, reverse hose connections at motor ports (usually easier). NOTE:


*Bonnell Industries warranty does not cover

unauthorized disassembly of hydraulic pumps, motors, valves or electric components.



INTEGRAL LEG STAND KIT INSTALLATION STEP 1. INSTALL FRONT CROSS MEMBERS: Install the following parts on the forward two body supports, as shown at left.  Install bottom support channels with 5/8x1-1/2” carriage bolt & 1/2x1-1/4” bolt.  Install top support brackets with 3/8x1” bolts and flange lock nuts. Note brackets are “Right Hand” and “Left Hand”  Leave all connections loose for step 2.

STEP 2. INSTALL FRONT ROLLER SUPPORTS: Position roller frames on bottom channel supports. Fasten to channels and upper brackets with 3/8x1-1/4” hex bolts and flange nuts, 8 places per side. Align wheels with each other, then tighten all fasteners from step 1.

STEP 3. INSTALL WEDGE LOCKS: Using supplied lanyards and 5/16x1” hex bolts, install wedge locks as shown. The wedge at left is in the “Leg Fold” position. The wedge locks are positioned behind the leg when folded down, to keep the front legs in the upright position.


STEP 6. INSTALL THE FRONT OUTER LEGS: Install the front outer legs using the supplied 3/4x8” hex bolts and lock nuts.  Verify swing of the leg after installation, (stop block on leg should hit angle support when leg is vertical)  Check fit of the wedge lock when the leg is down, as shown at left.

STEP 4. POSITION REAR SUPPORT FRAME: Position the rear support frame.  Use alignment holes in the spreader to position.  For a conveyor hopper, use the top two rows of mounting holes.  For a dual or single auger hopper, use the bottom two rows of bolts.  Install with (12) 1/2x1-1/4” hex bolts and lock nuts, (6) per side.  If the hopper is equipped with a swing up spinner, verify that the spinner will pin in place correctly with the mounting slots provided.

STEP 5. INSTALL TAILGATE LATCH PINS: Two 1-1/4” latch pins are provided for the tailgate assembly.  With the truck tailgate removed, position the spreader in the truck with the rear mounting frame tube tight against the rear of the dump box.  Trim the mounting plates as necessary, or shim the tube so there is no gap.  Position the pins in the tailgate rests, and weld solid.  Gusset as necessary.


STEP 6. INSTALL THE INNER LEG POSTS: Install all 4 inner leg posts with supplied 3/4x4� hitch style pins and bow tie cotters.

INTEGRAL LEG STAND KIT OPERATION STEP 1. Raise dump body slightly. With spreader centered with dump body, back slowly into the spreader, allowing the caster wheels to ride up the dump body floor. 1a.





Remove wedge locks from legs (figure 2a.) and position into storage slots (figure 2b).




STEP 3.   

Raise front legs to top hole. Continue to back truck into spreader. Front legs will fold backward with contact of dump body floor.

STEP 4. 


  




Back until tailgate latch makes contact. Latch tailgate. Lower body and raise legs. Connect hydraulic hoses and any lighting.





STEP 1. DETERMINE TAILGATE PIN SIZE: Kit includes both 1” and 1-1/4” pins x 9” long. Choose appropriate size, and weld washer heads on as shown at left. 1” washers are included in kit.

STEP 2. FABRICATE ANGLE: Cut angle to proper length. Angle should be as long as possible, without interfering with the latch mechanisms on the body. Weld pins in corners of angles as shown at left. To determine overall length, allow approximately ½” between washer face and latch face. WELD PINS ON ALL SIDES.

STEP 3. INSTALL ANGLE: Install angle onto body. Verify proper fit, and that there is no interference.


STEP 4. POSITION BUMP STOP: Install 15” angle in center of main mounting angle. Front face of bump stop angle should be between 1/16” and 1/8” from face of dump body. The bump stop will help keep the spreader in place during sudden stops. WELD BUMP STOP ON ALL TOP EDGES (3 SIDES)

STEP 5. POSITION SPREADER: Install spreader in body as far forward as possible, and centered side to side. Allow clearance for spinner chute, and other accessories on spreader. Position 15” upright angles as shown, and trim as required. Locate (3) 9/16” mounting holes in angles to bolt to spreader. When locating holes, double check clearance for spreader chain, floor, and other obsticles.

STEP 6. MOUNT SPREADER: Install (3) 1/2x1-1/4 hex bolts and flange nuts as shown. Flange nuts go on inside of spreader. After bolting, weld upright angles solid to main cross angle. Unbolt and remove the assembly for painting. This completes the installation.




Issued: January 1, 1998

Bonnell Industries, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser that if any part of the product proves to be defective in workmanship or material within one year of the date of original installation and is returned to us freight prepaid within 30 days after such defect is discovered and notification thereof is provided Bonnell, we will either replace or repair the defective part (our option). This warranty does not apply to damage resulting from neglect, misuse, accident or improper installation or maintenance. Charges for field service, labor, or other expenses not previously authorized and approved in writing by Bonnell Industries, Inc. will not be accepted. This warranty is exclusive and in lieu of all other warranties whether expressed or implied. Bonnell Industries, Inc. neither assumes nor authorizes anyone to assume for it any other obligation or liability in connection with this warranty, and will not be liable for consequential damages. This warranty applies only to products made and/or supplied by Bonnell Industries, Inc. and does not apply to other products not made or supplied by us and to which our products may be attaches, such as trucks. We accept no responsibility for damages to such other products, even if our product is alleged to have contributed to the damage of the other product. Hydraulic, electrical, or other components furnished by other manufacturers and used with our products are warranted by that manufacturer and not by Bonnell Industries, Inc. the manufacturer’s own warranty will apply to these parts. Hydraulic or electrical components are not to be disassembled without the express written permission of Bonnell Industries, Inc. All defective parts returned from an end user must include the unit model, serial number, date installed, and dealer from whom purchased. Bonnell Industries, Inc. reserves the right to make changes or improvements to its products without incurring any liability or obligation and without being required to make corresponding changes or improvements to products manufactured or sold prior to those changes or improvements. The Bonnell Industries, Inc. Warranty Policy is subject to change without notice.

Product Information When ordering parts, please refer to the information below.


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