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Calcium vs Rock salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by kolkie05, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. kolkie05

    kolkie05 Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 114


    Dumb question but for the last two years we have strictly done plowing with bagged rock salt applied for a few customers. This year were hoping to expand and some companies are asking for Calcium chloride to be dropped on sidewalks. Can you guy's tell me the difference between the two and price difference? comparing say a 50lb bag of rock salt to the calcium?

  2. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    It wont damage the concrete/vegetation like rock salt. 3x the price though
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,420

    It won't?

    OP, do a SEARCH and you will have hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours of reading.
  4. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    oh boy.....
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Cliff notes=Cost is almost double per bag. Doesn't last ask long .
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Try 4x the cost of salt.

    And neither will harm the concrete.
  7. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,538

    Ditto to what Mark said, do a search, way more info about the difference between the 2 than one could type into a reply...

    Calcium is much "hotter" than rock salt and works much faster, but seems to dilute alot faster too. Many companies here only use calcium on walks, and in general use less than 1/2 of what they would use with rock salt. Calcium last year was $13 a bag, while salt was under $4. Cost of course depending on your supplier...

    Oh, and keep it dry... Calcium absorbs moisture unlike rock salt, and it's way less forgiving. A gash in a bag of calcium needs to be taped up for storage, and any spilled on the floor gets cleaned up right away, don't ask me how I learned both of these pieces of advice... ;)
  8. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,868

  9. Michigansnowkin

    Michigansnowkin Member
    Messages: 75

    Hi, im new to this can anyone give me some info on calcium. I have about 15,000 squar feet that needs it, and i have never used it. Also maybe a basic overview, pricing, and coverage vs salt? thanks
  10. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,696

    And you call yourself Michigansnowking!!!!!
  11. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,868

    Actually its MichigansnowKIN, he must have relatives in the snow.
  12. Michigansnowkin

    Michigansnowkin Member
    Messages: 75

    Thanks for the help, its good to know there are still people like you out there willing to say things to make themselves feel better about themselves. Good Luck with you're business. The Michigan Snow Kin P.S I am the only one in my family who is in the snow business, everyone else is in Iraq. :salute:
  13. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Great, another new member with an attitude. :rolleyes:
  14. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,868

    Follow this link that I already supplied that just so happens to be the post above your first worthless post and you will learn about calcium...here I will supply the link AGAIN since you know its a whole 5 posts up....:mad: http://www.dow.com/PublishedLiterat...b.pdf?filepath=/173-01526.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc

  15. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,696

    I jumped to a conclusion, my apologies. Didn't know one's name could be longer than 15 characters and assumed you ran out of room.

    I'm of the opinion a self imposed title should have validity.....your question is basic and has been asked and answered 100's if not 1,000's of times. The search feature here is your friend and should be used. The same questions over and over (and over) can be annoying to most.

    Allow me to start over......welcome to Plowsite sir. :salute:
  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Now it makes less sense to me.....

    Thanks and prayers for your brave family members.:salute:ussmileyflag

    Also, there are a couple of posts attached for some reading for you.

    Best of luck in YOUR business
  17. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Gives us something to do, right?:gunsfiring::gunsfiring: