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New and improved salt bin...

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by TGS Inc., Nov 9, 2012.

  1. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    Here is a before photo of our main salt bin. We needed more capacity and a real cover. I've been using tarps for years and finally got sick of the hassle. We had to remove about 550 tons first. The current size is 28' x 66'. The new bin will be 36' x 84'. We purchased a cover from Tek Supply.

    Bin photo1.jpg
     
  2. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    Yea tarps suck.
     
  3. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    My 1 yard loader doesn't get here for another week so I used the CAT for the day...Loads of fun...(Sarcasm!).

    Saturdays plan: Finish cleaning out bin, realign bin blocks.

    Bin day 1.jpg
     
  4. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,143

    Thats alot of salt to move with the skid. Looks good though.
    Is that salt left over from last season?
     
  5. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    Yes it is. Thanks. It is from last season. Good that we will have a bunch of salt that is paid for, but certainly not the best use of money for the last 8 months.
     
  6. Morrissey snow removal

    Morrissey snow removal PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,799

    we installed a couple of the cover for guys on blocks for salt u will love it 10 times better than tarps
     
  7. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    Here is the completed bin. It's 4' wider and about 18' longer (and has straighter walls!). We start building the cover system in the morning!

    Salt bin waiting for cover.jpg
     
  8. mass1589

    mass1589 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 338

    wow thats gonna hold alot more material!! looks good
     
  9. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    What a day! 2 trips to Home Depot. 1 trip to a machine shop for emergency drilling to keep crew working. 2 trips to rental yard. One trip to Harbor Freight. Ugh!

    So the holes one the base plates that connect the tube to the bin blocks were the wrong size. Called TekSupply, they agreed. Crew of 5 guys standing around. There are 28 plates with 4 holes each. Thats 112 holes. We drilled about 10 holes and burned up a 12.00 bit. Decided to go to a local machine shop and have them do a bunch while I drilled a few to keep crew moving. This system I know will be worth it in the end but today was a B*!&H!

    Bin hoops.jpg

    Bin parts.jpg
     
  10. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    Thanks!! Can't wait to see it done.
     
  11. SNOWLORD

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    If you ever end up in a situation like that again, find someone with an iron worker, I could punch those holes in less than a second a piece. Your project looks good nice bin!!
     
  12. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    We smoked it today!! All hoops up. Now lots of details...

    Bin all hoops up.jpg
     
  13. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    In blocks alone you have a money pit?!!

    In my area those blocks go for 100$ a piece, and you must have over 150!

    Awesome bin, will be really nice when done!
     
  14. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    Thanks! Never thought of an iron worker...Next time! lol

    Thanks! That's nuts re: 100 / block! We pay about 25-30 here.
     
  15. Polarismalibu

    Polarismalibu PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,743

    Looks great!! Will you use that much salt in a normal winter?
     
  16. A&J Landscaping

    A&J Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 163

    Very nice that will hold some salt
     
  17. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 568

    No, actually we will burn through 1/4 - 1/2 the bin per event! We move a lot of salt.
     
  18. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,143

    Wow thats alot of salt per storm. At times i feel like we use a fair amount and its only 10_12 per event.
     
  19. bowtie_guy

    bowtie_guy Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    That will be a much better setup once done!!!
     
  20. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    Looking great!