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blue rock salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by big450es, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. big450es

    big450es Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 14

    Noob question: What is the blue spray they use on rock salt? What temperature dose that work down to then? Thanks
     
  2. cplmac

    cplmac Senior Member
    from Dundee
    Messages: 113

    The blue is just a color additive to help you see your coverage more clearly, it's also nice for the customers to be able to see. Morton's uses the blue in it's salt/calcium chloride blend which is good down to about 0 with wind.
     
  3. WMHLC

    WMHLC Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Its anti caking agent call morton blue. Just plain rock salt.

     
  4. Blue "salt"

    I think it's more than just coloring as it melts ice pretty well in single digits. Some of it says on the bag that it's a mag. or cal. coating. I give about $11.75/50 lbs. for it retail. I'm small time and can't store much, so I don't buy it by the pallet.
     
  5. cplmac

    cplmac Senior Member
    from Dundee
    Messages: 113

    It has calcium chloride flake in it, I've spread about 2500 pounds of it so far this season. The blue is just die for the salt, the flake CC is white.
     
  6. All Season Lawn

    All Season Lawn Member
    Messages: 41

    Dead on, anti caking and coloring so you can see your spread easier. payup
     
  7. SF Supply

    SF Supply Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    On Morton's bulk product, it is only a color additive. YPS is a clear anti caking agent. Cargill, NASC, etc all have YPS but do not add the blue color. Morton chooses to add the nice blue color. In past life, the company I worked with stockpiled Morton Salt at our dock. As the salt was stockpiled, you could clearly see some not blue, and some with heavier concentration of the color additive.
     
  8. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,952

    Sure would be nice if it had a nice NEON ORANGE glow so these tired, strained eyes could see it better at night?
     
  9. pvtben121

    pvtben121 Senior Member
    Messages: 226

    +1 salt is small enough
     
  10. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    The dye is unique to Morton (bulk wise), and it is called Prussian Blue. Nothing more than a dye.

    If you have a hard time seeing your salt, try mixing the salt with urine and using a powerful black light.

    :mechanic:
     
  11. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,952

    That is certainly a unique solution? Have you tried this out? How many beers per ton does it take? :D
     
  12. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    I pride myself on developing innovative solutions. Really, it's what sets us apart...

    :cool:
     
  13. campkd6

    campkd6 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    Worst part is I can see you doing this and offering it as one of your many services.
     
  14. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    We aim to please...