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How many pounds of salt will a 5 gallon bucket hold?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by dieselboy01, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    Just wondering how many pounds of bulk treated salt will fit into a 5 gallon bucket?
     
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    It varies depending on the moisture content of the salt.
     
  3. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 639

    1. fill 5 gallon bucket with salt.
    2.????
    3. profit?
     
  4. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    App.50 lbs.
     
  5. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    The same as the underpants gnomes....

    I was going to fallow the county trucks around and shovel up the piles they leave :laughing:


    A friend said I can use some of his bulk treated salt if I run low on bags (and the bulk would be much cheaper) I was just thinking of how I can meter or measure the amount I get from him and the amount I spread.

    I was thinking around 40lbs per bucket, just wondering if anyone ever weighted it.
     
  6. AMS77

    AMS77 Senior Member
    from 43964
    Messages: 131

    I had a bucket weighed at the feed store the other day and it was approx 58 pounds. But like basher said its going to vary with moisture content.
     
  7. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    If my wife packs it like her suitcase...10 gallons!!!
     
  8. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    my straight rock salt buckets are 45-50lbs, I do leave a bit of room though at top(1-2inch)
     
  9. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Is this Imperial or Metric salt?
     
  10. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,987

    Seems to me that they've been getting heavier and heavier over the last 25 years! Can't figure out what's going on!:confused:
     
  11. jbutch83

    jbutch83 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    Depends on which day of the week it is!
     
  12. R75419

    R75419 Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    put a bunch of them out in rows the width of a tractor bucket, dump salt, put them in truck, drive away as loader cleans up the excess, save money on bagged salt (about a third of the cost) as you dump pails into your tailgate spreader, laugh when the customer gives you your bigger profit margin payup!
     
  13. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I don't think I stuttered.I sell Magic regularly in my 5 gallon pails,have app.25 ready for market right now.Asked and answered--app. 50lbs.
     
  14. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,403

    wow i was getting ready to post a question about moisture content...seems some of the outdoor piles are loaded with water being a wetter year
     
  15. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    Thanks for all the input guys!!

    I will be laughing while I'm dumping my buckets in, I'm starting to plan for next year to reduce cost and make things a little easier.

    Lining up the buckets and using the tractor is a great idea! I just bought some buckets and screw top lids to give it a trial run this year.

    Tuney443, I don't think you stuttered either, I read ya loud and clear. I was saying what I guessed they weighed. Thank you for the info!
     
  16. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,987

    Don't pay for buckets,find some drywall guys and take their empty buckets.Be careful though,you might find a smelly surprise inside!
     
  17. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
    from we
    Messages: 1,426

    What do you get for the 5 gall magic pails?
     
  18. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
    from we
    Messages: 1,426

    That's what I do to fill my buckets.
     
  19. SaratogaSnowPro

    SaratogaSnowPro Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Yes, depends on the moisture in the salt. With IBG Magic,We can put 60 plus pounds in a 5 gallon bucket if we fill it to the top. Our salt is bone dry when we spray it with Ice B Gone Magic.
     
  20. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
    from we
    Messages: 1,426

    Mine are 60 to, but about 3 inches from the top. Our stuff is really wet, and the granules are small to medium in size. Burns off light snow really really well.