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Indoor Salt Bin

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by fairwaymowing, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. fairwaymowing

    fairwaymowing Member
    Messages: 90

    Hey guys....scrambling to find a location for salt storage due to picking up a large account last minute and am thinking of doing it within a garage. IE: Build a 3 sided bin and store it indoors. My question is will this ruin the building/what's in the building, it's not metal, but concrete floor, other tools, etc. Bought a nice new Smith Spreader, have access to the bulk salt for pickup but can't drive cross town when I have to salt and plow. Now I just need a good location to store the salt. Any ideas appreciated, but at my location I cannot build the 'typical' salt bin.
     
  2. ohiogreenworks

    ohiogreenworks Senior Member
    Messages: 381

    Ours has been indoor for a a few years. Big concrete blocks like a normal bin, just indoors. Haven't had any issues with it other than taking up space in the shop.
     
  3. fairwaymowing

    fairwaymowing Member
    Messages: 90

    Thanks man. That is what I have been hearing and we will be starting tomorrow. Kinda been disappointed with this site....183 views and 1 reply.
     
  4. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    185 views now
     
  5. magnatrac

    magnatrac PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,055

    How much salt are you wanting to store in the bin ? Last year when salt was getting in short supply and the price jumped we built a wood bin. It only holds ten yards but it was our reserve. We usually keep chemical totes full of salt and just get them filled as needed since we use tailgate spreaders. We will do this again this year and leave the bin full until the price jumps or supply gets tight. Our bin is 8x12 with 4' walls. 1.5" osb walls and floor. It is built strong enough to to drive my skid loader in it. You can't plow into the walls like a cement bin but it serves it's purpose and we never ran out of salt or paid crazy prices last year. The bin can be broken down in large pieces and stored out of the barn in the off season.
     
  6. fairwaymowing

    fairwaymowing Member
    Messages: 90

    Thanks, Mangnatrac.....Was curious to how much 10 yards would take up...which is what we plan on storing.
     
  7. RMGLawn

    RMGLawn Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    Do you have any pictures of this???
     
  8. magnatrac

    magnatrac PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,055

    Here is the bin empty after I put it back together. The floor is made out of 12' 2x4's and they are spaced so that the tires of the skid are over them no matter how its in there . Last year when we built it it was only 3/4'' floor and walls. We had no problems but we wanted to really fill it this year with the salt supply issues so I added another 3/4" all around. Here is a pic of it empty.

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    This is a picture of the bin with 10 yards in it.

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    The bin now has more in it probably 12-13 yards . I know what we bought but when we get loaded they really heap the bucket. Doing the math on how big the bin is it's really easy to figure that we are getting a good deal. No complaints with the high salt prices ! I know this is a low budget type set up but it got us through last season with out paying high prices or running out of salt. We were going to buy a 20' shipping container this year but with winter starting so early this year in michigan we are just going to work with what we have. While the price is down we will top off our totes and save the salt in the bin . last year we ended up storing 3 yards in totes. We wrapped them in plastic and shrink wapped them. The salt kept perfectly sitting outside all summer !
     
  9. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    I have 40' shipping containers at storage facility's on each side of town. Rent a outdoor parking spot drop the bad boy in the spot, have salt delivered. Holds 50 tons each. Works great, challenge is having a loader there or weres the guy thats pulling a loader behind his truck...

    Overall its great having salt on each side of town, all my hoppers are 2 yarders so we refill a lot.
     
  10. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    Bulk or pallets in the 40 footer?
     
  11. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    50 Ton of bulk salt in each bin
     
  12. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    So your loading bulk into it? How do you get it 40 feet to the back..some kind of telescoping loader?
     
  13. absolutely

    absolutely Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    We have a 40' shipping container. We can stack the salt with our tractor so it is about a foot from the top. We have 70 -75 ton in there. Takes a while but beats tarps.
     
  14. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    So it's a open top container?
     
  15. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    No its enclosed shipping container.. Search Ebay, you can rent them for the winter as well.
    A dumptruck dumps the salt on the ground. Then we use a skid loader 1 scoop at a time drive the salt to the back of the shipping container.. Stack it 1' from the top.. Works well
     
  16. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    How wide are they. That sounds like a tight fit width wise driving in there
     
  17. jerpa

    jerpa Member
    Messages: 92

    About 7.5ft wide.
     
  18. Snow tracker

    Snow tracker Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    This is what they are talking about. Plenty of room for a skid steer

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  19. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    We have a bunch of them trailers but the skids and buckets around us just seem to big to fit in. I never gave it any thought though cause around here that's not the norm. Seems like a good idea though. How many yard bucket you use to fit inside there?
     
  20. magnatrac

    magnatrac PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,055

    Most containers are 8' wide with a 8'-6" height. A skid steer with a standard low profile bucket will fit just fine. Your not going to move salt with a mulch/snow bucket so clearing an 8' opening is not an issue. Even large frame skids will fit ,just less breathing room. We want to get a 20' container vs. a 40 due to the fact we can move it ourselves on a deck over trailer. I know it won't hold as much we are small time compared to a lot of guys here.