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Bulk Salt, Tailgate Spreader and SUV...

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Emstaxi, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. Emstaxi

    Emstaxi Member
    Messages: 88

    Anyone use bulk salt through a meyers/buyers tailgate spreader mounted on an suv? If so, how do you carry xtra salt or how and where do you reload? I'm thinking of get a vibrator and switching to bulk. Alsotryingto figure how much time will I save or add switching to this method.
     
  2. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    what kind of suv ?bagged would probaly be less messy as long as the hatch could be
    opened with the spreader on . unless you going to put bulk in 5 gallon buckets.

    JR
     
  3. Emstaxi

    Emstaxi Member
    Messages: 88

    I have a Chevy Tahoe. Never thought about 5 gallon buckets. I may have to consider that. Right now i use bagged #1 rock salt but it seems more cost effective to to run bulk. I have 2 church parking lots, a restaurant lot, and a small office parking. I usually go through 200- 400 lbs for each of the bigger lots and 200 lbs for the smaller lot. Trying to save where i can.
     
  4. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    A 5ga bucket holds 50# of salt, but you can not stack them as well as you could 50# or 80# bags of salt, so you would be filling up your entire "trunk" and back seat.

    I use 20 & 35gal trash cans full of salt in the back of my truck, but they wouldn't work inside a SUV.
     
  5. Dailylc

    Dailylc Senior Member
    Messages: 226

    For your bigger lots just ask if you can store your salt you need for that lot on the premises. That will be a little easier for you.

    James
     
  6. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    i did a church a few yrs ago. they left me store a skid of salt on the property.
    i would drop 10 bags at each location. the day of the storm hide them behind the dumpster
    whatever . my wife would kick my a$$ if i put salt in the back of her excursion


    JR
     
  7. DJC

    DJC Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    If you know someone who is a com fisherman have him get you a few fishing totes. They can also be stack on top of each other so that would work just fine. If you would like a pic of what they look like just let me know.
     
  8. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I am using Rubber Maid containers. You can stack them and with the lids you can leave them in your truck. I have the small ones. They are 10 gallons and are pretty heavy when full.
     
  9. Emstaxi

    Emstaxi Member
    Messages: 88

    Greetings all! I started this post last year and would like to know if anyone hasany new suggestions? I have a Chevy Tahoe with a Meyers Mini Spreader. I am looking for another tailgate/hitch mount spreader that will have a larger capacity. I also plan on using a vibrator this year so that i can save money by running bulk salt.

    Suggestions are greatly appreciated
     
  10. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    I have a Mini 575 on my truck with a topper and it will spread bulk salt, once in a while it will clog up. I like others have used both bagged and bulk The bulk i put in 5 gal. buckets, i think that i'm going to try the plastic totes this year.
     
  11. Emstaxi

    Emstaxi Member
    Messages: 88

    Are you using a pick up truck or suv? Are you alone in your truck? How long does it take you to load the spreader using the buckets if you are alone? I am aone man operartion and looking to save time lol.
     
  12. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    hey , just buy bagged salt - i use the buckets pretty often at times, it works great ... But this year the coast difference between bagged, and bulk is so minimal , your gonna waste alot of time loading up those buckets , just to save a few dollars

    as for the spreader, the meyer blaster , with a vib is the best way to go
     
  13. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    I have a truck with a topper and i am alone when plowing and salting, i will load up the truck prior to the storm, once i'm out it only takes me 1-3 min. to load the hopper. My biggest salting account only takes one full hopper and thats putting it down heavy.
     
  14. Emstaxi

    Emstaxi Member
    Messages: 88

    Thanks for the info. I will try the bucket method when the first snow comes, unless I am lucky enuff to get my hands on a cheap truck and bed salter.