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help with salt pricing

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by born2farm, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310


    im new to this site and i think this is a very great site. right now im doing 5 driveways and sidewalks as a side job through high school. im just 15 and plow with a lawnmower and blade(i know it aint special but u got to do what you got to do) i hope when i turn 16 to get a truck and a blade. my family does alot of residentials as well as some commercials so i grew up around it.

    any ways on to my question. does anyone know how many sq ft a 50lb bag of rock salt will cover. i have some places that would like a price on salting and im not sure what to charge....most of my sidewalks are between 5-10 dollars depending on how big and if i can plow it all or shovel some. i would like to know wut i should charge for salt pricing on side walks. i usually do small intown drives for 12 bux for plow and 20 for plow and salt. how does that sound.

    thanks for any help

    Brock Goodman
  2. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    That's about right on for around here. We get 6 bucks per thousand under normal temperature conditions for treating after a plow. This is at a rate of about 20# per thousand, and this is on commercials. Now, your rate comes out a little higher than this, but that is ok,...because yours is on an individual basis.I think people will find that it is WELL worth 8 bucks not to have to go out, buy the stuff,the lift and handle the stuff after that. This way, it's all done for them, and they didn't even get their shoes wet. I hope this helps you.
  3. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    thanks, that helps me out quite a bit. im just trying to keep customers happy so i have some more lined up for next year when i have a truck.

    thanks again
  4. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    well this is what a local snow plower told me he used to charge before he changed to bulk.

    as follows-

    rock salt- $6.00 a bag
    $1.50 application fee (25%)
    $3.00 equipment fee (this is push spreader) how does truck compare?

    magnesium chloride- $8.00 bag
    $2.00 app fee (25%)
    $3.00 equipent fee (push spreader) how does truck compare?

    any are requiring less then on 50lb bag is a flat rate of $7.00

    tell me if this sounds right
  5. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    We charge a flat $15.00 Per 100lbs Applied.

    - Depending on amount used, it could get as low as $13.00 per 100 applied.

    Hope this helps
  6. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    well right now im dealing with residintial drives and sidewalks so i dont think 100lbs would get used at one time so i was lookin for a flat rate per application.
  7. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,885

    So some are applying 20pounds per 1000sq and others 50pounds? I think we've done stuff with as little as 8-10lbs per 1000sq ft and as much as 15-20lbs. 50lbs sounds like a lot.

    I know one of the lots last year was exactly 30,000sq ft front, back and sides. we used on average 5-7 bags depending on conditions, which wasnt much. Thats only about 250-350lbs of rock salt.
  8. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    $2/ lbs for ice melt (mag cal sod mix) dont give away your work.