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Ice melt questions

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by captjack, Dec 11, 2001.

  1. captjack

    captjack Member
    Messages: 53

    What are the benefits of calcium over mag in flake form?

    What are the benefits of pellets over flake?

    Has anybody compared actual application rates to manufactures recomended application rate?

  2. Irrigation

    Irrigation Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I can't answer either of the first two questions, but I have done very extensive calculations on rates, costs and so on. I'll e mail you with the info
  3. Jay ALC

    Jay ALC Senior Member
    Messages: 124

  4. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    feel free to add me as well.


    PINEISLAND1 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 664

    Why not just post the info- we all are interested in the results you came up with.
  6. stslawncare

    stslawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 142

  7. Irrigation

    Irrigation Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Here are the numbers, now realize that these are only the more popular products and these prices and rates were derived from each individual manufacturer.

    Ice Ban Ultra M/ $4.95/ gallon - treats 2000 sq. ft.

    Urea/ $6.44/ 50lbs. - treats 1000 sq. ft.

    Potassium Chloride/ $6.95/ 50 lbs. - treats 910 sq. ft.

    Lesco Melt/ $8.95/ 50 lbs. - treats 1800 sq. ft.

    Calcium Chloride/ $9.95/ 50 lbs. - treats 1800 sq. ft.


    Ice Ban Ultra M - $2.48

    Lesco Melt - $4.97

    Calcium - $5.52

    Urea - $6.44

    Potassium - $7.70
  8. rick barnes

    rick barnes Member
    Messages: 61

    Irrigation ;

    Thanks for the numbers , I had startd to do this, now I don"t have to.:)

    Have been looking & talking about Iceban. getting closer to changing over from salt. It's almost a challange to get some of my accts. to let me salt. Just this AM we got a new acct. because we offered them a liquid de-icer, rather than salt.

    The wife wants me to use it around here too, says she's tired of me killing her plants along the drive.:D

    Just maybe we will have a chance to test it out this next week

    Again THANKS for you information


  9. bridges

    bridges Junior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 9

    And where do we get this liquid de-icer. Do you think we could spray it on the sand that is on our sander, so they don't frez
  10. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Welcome to Plowsite.
    I see you didn't fill out your location,so I don't know where you are.Please feel free to call our office and I will be happy to discuss deicing with you. :)
    Thank You
  11. bam

    bam Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 201

    We have good results with magnesium and calcium. The past two seasons we have used calcium choride pellets for all walkways.

    We only use pellets, I don't think the flakes are effective.

    And while it may look good on paper for coverage sq ft. think realistically. Our guys take a scoop or a lesco 80lb spreader and go to town. We continually apply at our 24/7 commercial sites, until its bare ground, so whatever is cheap and effective is good for us and our clients.

    I think the calcium cost us around $9/50lbs this year and $3.60/50lbs rock salt.