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Bulk salt storage

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Mike247, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Mike247

    Mike247 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I'm looking into a spreader for my chevy 3500 diesel mason dump. Any recommendations. Was looking at the tornado. My question is.. Can the salt be stored as well in the spreader of I didn't use it all in one storm? I have no way of storing it so I was just gonna fill it up at the bull salt place.
     
  2. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Depends on how lucky you feel
     
  3. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    Storage of salt

    I would not recommend doing this. Salt has a very likely chance of turning to one solid rock. Best bet is to plan on going to a local bulk salt supplier (normally readily available with salt for you, this year may be a bit more challenging).
     
  4. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    I had 500lb left in my hopper last year and it froze, took me 3 hours to free it up. having to dump it onto my driveway as I scooped it out. now I have a shop. If you can store your truck in 50 degree or more shop over night you can leave the hopper full all you want
     
  5. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    It really depends. Last year I did it in my fisher polycaster and had much better luck than I did with my old open one.

    I usually try to only buy what I need per storm but it is easier said than done sometimes. Last year I left straight salt in the hopper 5 diferent times, 4 of those times it was fine, the last time it froze up pretty good on me. Hit it with a metal bar to break it all up
     
  6. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    Never leave it in there more than a few days though
     
  7. odd1or2even

    odd1or2even Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    I would recommend NOT leaving it in your spreader unless you have extra time on your hands to wash it out. OR you have a heated garage...

    We were having salt freeze in our spreaders by Philadelphia multiple times last year because of how cold it was getting down to. So we'd plow, then run back to the shop to load up 1-2 tons, then have to spread within a half hour and then repeat for the next site.
     
  8. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    So it's fine in a heated shop then?
     
  9. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,678

    Yes"..........:nod:
     
  10. brianbrich1

    brianbrich1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,084


    X2... I would also recommend to open or remove any cover it has while in heated environment to let any mostiure escape.
     
  11. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    How cold did it get to that you had to use it all in 30 minutes or less?
     
  12. WilliamOak

    WilliamOak PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,986

    Happened to me last year in IL, get on site plow a section salt it down, plow a section salt it down etc. was so cold the salt would start to freeze up in the hopper relatively quickly
     
  13. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Sorry for asking dumb questions, just New to salt, can I leave it loaded for say a month?

    Last winter got pounded Dec and January then Feb went twice, so would like it to just be ready.

    Also this would be sand and salt mixed, probably in a V box
     
  14. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    I wouldn't unless you're feeling really lucky when you park it
     
  15. Maclawnco

    Maclawnco Senior Member
    from OH
    Messages: 628

    Inside a heated shop? Why not? We will be leaving our big 33gvw truck loaded all winter now that we have a heated warehouse.
     
  16. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    If that's hydralic its not as big as a deal as a little electric vbox
     
  17. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Heated at 55+ it will still chunk up?
     
  18. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Couldn't tell you. Never tried It. im too fat and lazy to shovel it out if it freezes lol

    I imagine it would cost you quite a bit of money to keep a grage at 55 as well
     
  19. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Got a heated shop, I could just dump windshield washer fluid on it couldn't I?

    Got
     
  20. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    I was wondering this also, but I wonder if there's a certain amount of gallons per pounds of salt or yards added