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how many?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by HOLLYWOOD, Sep 9, 2004.


    HOLLYWOOD Member
    Messages: 70

    This is for solo operators. How many tons of salt did you go through last season? And what kind of spreader are you using?

    I used around 20-25 tons with a PRO-FLO 2 . I was thinking of getting a v-box or an under the tailgate spreader because I hate shoveling and its faster.

    Just trying to justify the cost
  2. edshipp19

    edshipp19 Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    The $$ justification is pulling a lever vs shoveling in the cold and wet.
  3. ZamboniHDB

    ZamboniHDB Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Hollywood -

    Last year was a horrible year for salting. I only went through 10 - 12 tons compared to the previous year of 25 - 30 tons. I even added one business to the salting route last year! I was using a Western 1000 low profile salt spreader. This year I bought a new truck and a V hopper for it. As looks right now, I will keep the Western on the other truck for last minute quickie jobs and as a back up if something happens with the new set up. I can purchase bulk salt around $45.00 per ton, which is a lot cheaper that buying a skid of 80# bags.

    Just my .02¢
  4. Boast Enterpris

    Boast Enterpris Senior Member
    Messages: 745

    I used right at 16.5 tons of salt last year. Every pound was purchased in bags. I have a western 1000 spreader. This is about the average amount I use every year. For the past 2 years I have been trying to justify the cost of a V-box, storage building, and loader. We do some small landscape jobs, have a few commercial lots that we mow, but can't really justify a small tractor or skid-loader. The bag price is killing our profit margin but what do you do? Looks like for the winter of 04-05 we will stick with the western 1000, unless in the next couple of weeks we get awarded the contract on a couple big lots. ( :dizzy: I would like to have that V-box, but it wasn't long ago I spread 12 tons a year with just an ATV & 100# hopper spreader :dizzy: )
  5. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    We used about 1750 tons last year.we use undertailgate and vbox spreaders.having a dedicated salt bin that can hold about 200 tons and two loaders at the shop.last year was an average winter for us as far as salt is concerned but was a poor year for plowing.we buy bulk from the suppliers at the docks and truck it in house with a semi and 4 six wheelers.