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Busting up hard salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Bossman 92, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    I have many bags of hard bagged salt and wondered if we waited till summer time and 80 degree weather could we break them up with a back hoe? We tried to smash it up a couple weeks ago and there was no way. It's older salt and compltely solid and I have quite a bit to break up.

    If not I will use it for liquid but like I said I have a bunch.
     
  2. icudoucme

    icudoucme Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    Air chisel or back hoe works. It's a PITA you might be better off using it for liquid. You won't waste any fuel on it and you'll only have to handle it once.
     
  3. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    I kinda figured. I have quite a few tons to do so probably take longer than its worth.
     
  4. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    Break them open on the concrete or blacktop a Ned drive I've it
     
  5. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    I dont understand?
     
  6. BigBoyPlowin

    BigBoyPlowin Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Lay them flat.. Take your skidsteer and drive over them..

    Or if you have a Small office at the shop put them in there and Heat the room with space heaters! I promise you it works for frozen salt lol...
     
  7. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    Sorry. Run over them with skid steer or whatever and break it up
     
  8. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Even tho its older rock hard salt? And I have LOTS. As in more than 10 tons.
     
  9. BigBoyPlowin

    BigBoyPlowin Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Dude your SOL... Use it for ballest and cut your losses! I Used to keep A ton of old bags in the front quarter of my 2WD dump truck.. Helped when plowing empty.

    Also Liquid CC Or Brine works for loosening it up and so does washer fluid i hear... But thats for bulk..
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2013
  10. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Find somebody makes Salt brine and sell it to them and buy your self new bags
     
  11. bosman

    bosman Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    Open a bunch of bags on a solid surface (concrete or asphalt) and hit it with a Harley rake or soil conditioner, it should pulverize it.
     
  12. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    This makes the most sense to me.
     
  13. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    I actually bought them to make brine with for us to spray. Just have way more than I need.
     
  14. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 783

    A little off topic but how would/do you make your own brine if you don't mind me asking?
     
  15. GMD1984

    GMD1984 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    if you lay the out use the cutting edge on a loader and a little bit at a time push straight down to the edge closes to you and keep doing it, it will crush right up