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ice melting products

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by rmartin, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. rmartin

    rmartin Member
    from mass
    Messages: 68

    I recently went to lesco to pick up some of my salt when I saw they are now selling liquid ice melt. You put it in a pump sprayer and spray it on driveways,sidewalks and parking lots. It says it treats up to 3'' of ice and snow. Has anyone used is and does it work?
     
  2. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    rmartin-ice melt

    We are going to try the lesco product on the next significant storm. We will post the preformance results in this forum. Plow on.
     
  3. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    You put it in a pump sprayer and spray it on driveways,sidewalks and parking lots

    If you are doing one driveway or 1 small walkway no big deal, but if you intend on spraying alot of area (like stairs and patio's on a college campus like I thought I was going to do) using a pump sprayer you are going to be disapointed. I tried liguid ice melt last year and it works great, but I found out real fast that a pump sprayer is not the right tool that I needed to put the product out. I am going to need to purchase a spray rig for the amount of area that I need to treat. I went back to granular material for now until I can build in the budget at least a 100 gallon engine driven spray tank for the truck.
     
  4. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    ice melt.

    We plan to apply the product in an 100 gallon spray rig, through a JD 9 spray gun. The product calls for 1 gallon per 1000 sq. ft. I am guessing at 70 to 80 psi as they call for a mist application.
     
  5. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette Member
    Messages: 63

    On another forum, someone said they paid $7.50 per gallon for Lesco's ice block. Lesco's web site says its $75.00 for 5 gal. They told me $ 55.00 for 5 gal. What do you guys pay ?
     
  6. gene gls

    gene gls PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 481

    liquid

    I tried a liquid melter last year. Bought 25 gals of product in 5 gal containers and a back-pack pump sprayer. I pumped 5 gal on a section of sidewalk and gave up. Went back to dry material. I have been told that there is a big time factor involved for liquid use.I'm trying some "Magic Salt" this year to compare to the Calcium Clorid Flakes that I used in the past.

    Gene
     
  7. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Though it seems like a "novel" idea, the means to which it is applied makes all the difference. For instance, spraying with a backpack is just impracticle. If large areas were being done, and a truck sprayer was being utilized, it would be different. (Even then a cost factor comes into play). Just think of it this way...what if we had been using liquid all along...then suddenly someone introduced this new, state of the art, breakthrough product. An ice-melter that you can actually put down in a dry, pelletized form. This would be the next best thing to sliced bread. It would be easy to transport, easy to spread, no mixing, and easy to regulate. Well, .....we already have it. Sometimes different isn't always better,- especially when it comes to being more practicle.