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Cutting salt with sand

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by JRSlawn, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. JRSlawn

    JRSlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    I am looking to cut our salt this year with sand I was wanting to find out what kind of mess it would make by doing this. Will this mix run well through our electric salt doggs? What kind of sand do you use? All help is appreciated
  2. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    We picked up a few new accounts this year because customers contractors last year felt free to "cut" their salt with sand and left a mess in their parking lots and then wanted to charge them to clean it up. I'd verify thats within the scope of your contracts to do that, and i'd also be real careful any place that has a sewer. I've never used sand before, just thought i'd share my limited knowledge
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I run dry sand mixed with dry salt through my tailgate sander. I use 70% sand to 30% salt.
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    why "cut" the salt

    just get your spreaders dialed in and only use what you need and save the expense and work of the sand
  5. Stud Bro

    Stud Bro Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    couldnt have said it better my self if your worried about using expensive salt think about treating it with magic salt or somthing.
  6. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Around my part of the world here in lower NY,60%sand,40% salt is pretty much the norm.Yes,once in a while I might get a complaint about the mess,but the most important thing is it works.You need a large grained sand JRslawn,plenty of grit to it,It's called either road or concrete sand or screenings by me.In a miserable wet freezing rain,nothing is better.
  7. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,035

    Last year when salt was 4 times the price it should be we did 80% salt 20 % sand and it real was not a pain. our lots were clean and after the first spring rain it was gone. I know some other contractors that used a lot more sand and there lots still have sand in them
  8. storm king

    storm king Member
    Messages: 86

    80/20 - salt/sand. When it really freezes bad salt won't do sh-t . The steep ones need a bit of sand for traction, 20% mix is nothing and won't leave much of a mess , if it aint gone by the spring run off ... bust out the backpack blower, it is hardly anything and we never had to do a clean-up for the sand yet.
    you don't need much to do the trick
  9. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    I have no problems running 50/50 sand salt mix. Customers like the results and had no real complaints with the mess. We just went out in spring and used a backpack blower and broom to clean up.
    I'm have no issues putting a semi wet mix through a swensen electric v box.