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94-97% calcium vs. 81-85%

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by bbuskett, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. bbuskett

    bbuskett Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Has anyone used the lower percentage grade of calcium chloride ? Is there any difference in the effectiveness? Any problems vs. the higher percentage? I am in Central NJ.
  2. SnowMelt2000

    SnowMelt2000 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    You are just going to apply more of the lower percentage calcium to get the same melting results as the higher percentage.

    Most of the lower percentage calcium is imported from China and it's hit or miss whether you get a decent product or not.

    I would stay with any calcium produced in North American and forget the foreign product.
  3. bbuskett

    bbuskett Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    thanks..I appreciate the input
  4. kevhead20

    kevhead20 Inactive
    from Chicago
    Messages: 35

    Also, the shape of the product has an impact. Typically, the 83-87% material is in a flake form, whereas the 90% material is in pellet form. The flake will start to go into solution horizontally and not quite as fast as the 90% material. The pellet shape helps the solid "bore" into snow and ice better than the flake and penetrates/melts downward to the pavement. Obviously, more effective.
  5. HLS Wholesale

    HLS Wholesale Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    I've got a source for some 83-87% material. It is in pellet form too. Think i'll give it a try. Anyone want to split a load?