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Mega Sacks of Salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Broncslefty7, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    if my math is correct each mega sack of salt should be just about a yard of material. so far online all i have been able to find is Icemelt mega sacks for around 400 a piece. do you guys know anyone selling bulk rocksalt in the 2000 pound bags? or if it is even economical for it to be purchased that way?

    Thank you
     
  2. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,898

    I found some in Chicago last ('13-'14) winter but they were still 200 bucks a pop plus freight.

    IMO if you've got a way to load and store straight bulk there's no sense messing with super sacks.
     
  3. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    i was thinking of putting a hoop house up but it will take up too much parking in front of my retail store. my lot is laid out sort of oddly. 400 to fill a sander is double what bulk would cost.

    THank you
     
  4. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    I use super sacks because salt storage is an issue for me. I purchase 25 at a time for about $110/each. It's more than I'd like to spend but I really enjoy the ease of use in terms of loading and storage.
     
  5. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
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    That wouldn't be as unbearable price wise. Actually it's right in line with what we've paid for salt the last 2 years in bulk. For someone using ~25-50 tons a year with storage issues it would be a sweet setup.

    Plus it keeps salt off your skid steer loading which is worth something in it's self unless you rent a machine to load with, or lease your skids for 2-3 years.
     
  6. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    Yep, you nailed it. I love the fact I can lift a sack over my spreader, untie the bottom and watch it flow into the hopper. No spillage whatsoever.

    I had big plans to go through a lot more salt than I did this season. I've probably got 10 sacks left over from my original load. It was a horrible year for us.
     
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    Doughboy12 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Cause you're not here......:nod::waving::laughing:
     
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  10. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    camden where are you buying the sacks for 110? that is pretty much what we are paying per ton. i have plenty of indoor space and a beefy fork lift to load them with.
     
  11. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    I get them from a company called Specialty Turf here in MN.
     
  12. TKLAWN

    TKLAWN PlowSite Veteran
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    You forgot the timberwolves.....

    But I don't follow the league as close as I once did.
     
  13. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
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    Just out of curiosity, other than a forklift, how are you loading these into your spreader? A skid steer won't raise high enough.
     
  14. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    I used a Fiat Allis 545B loader. I'd hook a chain around the loops of the bag and attach it to the bucket. Piece of cake.
     
  15. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
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    Yeah, not quite gonna work with a Case SV250. wesport
     
  16. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    They make a cradle for super sacks that you lower the sack into and then pick up like skid. It is much safer to use. Farmers don't use super sacks very often anymore as we've went to Proboxes and they are like a super sack but you they are molded plastic and you can pick them up just like a skid and there is a door on bottom that allows you to close mid stream if needed.
     
  17. Flyboy77

    Flyboy77 Senior Member
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  18. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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  19. broncscott

    broncscott Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I take the spinner chute off my Swenson vbox and use a forklift to hold sacks under the conveyer and fill them. Bought empty sacks for $3 each
     
  20. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    i was thinking of taking the spinner disc off of my blizzard and doing it like that. not too sure if i will get the distance doing it like that though.