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Over night treated salt test

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by leigh, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,160

    Usually keep truck inside shop when done salting.Decided to take home and see how the salt held up.6 degs and salt was fairly loose,the pile was a big lump but broke up easily.I keep my salt inside and usually don't load salt until snow stops so it was a dry load.It seems the key is to keep it dry,which is sometimes a challenge.If this was untreated it would have been a big rock.Still amazed at the ability to burn down to bare pavement at crazy low temps,had puddles at 10 degs!
    salt 2.jpg
     
  2. TPCLandscaping

    TPCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    that looks like sand?... whats the salt treated with?
     
  3. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,293

    Dry salt is the key!

    I got in a heated debate years ago with the local towns "city employees", the township guys, my guys, and a few others.

    Ended up at the end of the night, my shop's beer fridge and freezer had no more beer in it, but a ton of coffee cans full of every "senerio" of salt you could dream up.

    Dry salt did not bridge, freeze together, nothing. Just poured right out of the coffee can a week later.
     
  4. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 886

    Thats interesting! Our salt distributor just got a big load of pretreated salt. Thinking about using it when the temps get ridiculously low or nights like tonight we just got hit with quite a lot of ice.
     
  5. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,293

    Treated will still freeze together in a salter if wet when loaded.
     
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  6. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,160

    Just the generic treated salt from the terminal,probably cal,and some vegetable additive,smells like molasses.
     
  7. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,160

    Sure does! That's why if the timings right I wait to load salt after it stops snowing.I'd say 75% of the time I start plowing after snowfall ends .If I load up during snowfall I load as little as is needed . Plus plowing with 5 tons of salt isn't my idea of a good time! Many don't have an option,have to load when supplier is open.Its a challenge to keep dry and any left over becomes a brick depending on temps.I had some wet treated harden up around my auger inside my heated shop!
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,679

    Especially if the water content of the additive is too high.
     
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  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,679

    Looks like ours that we treat with GeoMelt\beet juice.

    Which reminds me.....
     
  10. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,293

    Oh god... don't bring the word additive into this thread... :confused:
     
  11. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 856

    Beat juice that is the answer :)

    Sure it is...Not IMO.

    When temps drops to 10 or so it will crust up. Dry is the answer.

    Also....I would love to some day own a heated floor in my salt bin.
     
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,679

    We've been using it since 1982. Dry salt AND beet juice is the key. But still, a crust is far better than a solid block of salt in a spreader.
     
  13. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
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    Why would you want a heated floor???...To attract moisture???...The floor is heated...But the ground underneath is not...Does not seem like a very bright idea
     
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  14. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
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    I just put some Polar Power in the Cat...I will wait for Snoexpert to chime in and call me a No good useless poop flinging Union Monkey...
     
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  15. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,293

    Pretty sure the concrete would blow up too.
     
  16. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
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    Between the Very Hungry Treated Salt and The Concrete...You would have a nuclear reaction...
     
  17. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,160

    Thats how I heat my shop-30 tons of hungry salt on concrete floor creates massive amounts of heat,i leave all the doors open and it stays a constant 75deg. The other day I had a herd of deer camping out in my shop enjoying the warmth and the molasses salt lick!:eek:
     
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,679

    Spread some beet juice treated salt this morning on our flash freeze, Shirley do love that stuff. Days like today I can cut my usage almost in half because it works so dang good.
     
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  19. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,160

    If Shirley likes it, what more can be said !
     
  20. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,026



    Alot...But most of it will get deleted
     
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