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bagged salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by cmills, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. cmills

    cmills Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 11

    where is the best place to buy bagged salt,(to use in a walk behind spreader) and what is a good price? The cheapest I found today was $5.99 per bag (50lbs) and that was at tractor supply for a brand called safe step, I didn't ask what the price would be for a whole pallet though.

    thanks,
    Cory
     
  2. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    I get it for like 3.30 a bag I think.
     
  3. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Cheapest is not always the Best.....Check out Hot Pink Ice Melt...They are a sponsor here...It is a Perfect ice melt to run through your push spreader.......:salute:
     
  4. cmills

    cmills Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 11

    Yeah, I understand that cheaper isn't always better, but I have to figure out how to explain that to the customer. I've been looking around and it seems that if I charge about 3 times what I pay for the salt, that would be fair, right? If I do that and I buy some of the "better stuff" for $8 a bag I would be charging them $24 per bag, is that not too high?
     
  5. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    Around here, bagged ice melt applied to sidewalks averages around 60 cents a pound applied. That's $30 per bag applied. Obviously it varies depending on the market.
     
  6. cmills

    cmills Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 11

    I keep seeing people say they are getting salt for around $3-$4 per bag, but my question is where? The only places I know to look here are the major retailers like Lowes, Menards, Home Depot, and tractor Supply. Could somebody direct me on where to go.
     
  7. ShorePower

    ShorePower Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    Local Home depot selling Magnesium Chloride blend ice melt 40lb bags 3.90 marked down from 8.97. Works out to less than 5.00 / 50lb Check outdoor garden dept.
     
  8. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    A local landscape supplier other contractors also sell salt.
     
  9. cmills

    cmills Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 11

    thanks guys I'll check home depot tomorrow and a couple of landscaping places.
     
  10. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Salt suppiers, most professionals don't go to Lowes or Home Depot. They have higher prices because they are greaed towards home owners.

    We just picked up two pallets (98 bags) of salt yesterday from US Salt. Our price, $3.00 a bag for a grand total of $313.11.

    Check around for salt suppliers in your area.
     
  11. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Check out your local janitorial supply store.The one near me has 50# bags for $3.39 and 80# bags for $5.35
     
  12. Division

    Division Member
    Messages: 41

    I just got a pallet of ice patrol 50# bags today for 2.50 a bag. it was like $122.50. I love seeing these guys going out and buying salt from major retailers for over $4.50 a bag!
    There are a few tricks you need to learn.... We use East ohio bagging
     
  13. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 178



    It's like a game, you just have to know where to look.
     
  14. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    How do you like their salt? Does it flow through tailgate spreaders well?
    I'm kinda curious as i've read a few complaints about their bagged salt.
     
  15. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    We like it, just make sure that you buying the coarse rock salt for the tailgate spreaders. They have fine rock salt for like sidewalks as well. Its way too small for the tailgate spreaders, it comes out almost like dust if you run it in the Snowex 575 or a like spreader.

    :nod:Thumbs Up
     
  16. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Our early order quote for some 60lb rock salt was around $4.70/bag.

    You had to pay by September 31 I believe to get it.
     
  17. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Seems kind of high for an early order price.
     
  18. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Not from reinders.
     
  19. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Safe Step

    If you can really buy "Safe Step" for 5.99 a bag that is a great price. That product is a really good product. The true safe step product has magnesium chloride and CMA. If you can get that for 5,99 a bag, get it. You will like it and it goes almost twice as far as a bag of sodium chloride.
     
  20. cmills

    cmills Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 11

    I think we are talking about two different products, the stuff I saw was just plain rock salt.