The fast answer is, probably now! With winters seemingly getting harsher and snowier, it pays to be prepared.
The fact is, you need to keep your business or household running and just shovelling snow and ice, aside from being strenuous, time consuming, back breaking work, will not keep away the ice or snow for long.
A good salt spreader is a more reliable long term solution and they are easy to store, so it is a good idea to purchase one either during the winter, just before or even well in advance so you are ready.
N.B. Don’t forget that salt supplies often run thin during the snowy months so buying in a good supply of salt or ice melt in advance is a very sensible idea. If you need salt or ice melt supplies try here for our range - Snow & Ice Melt