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Salt buckets

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mnguy, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. mnguy

    mnguy Member
    Messages: 79

    Hello -
    We take care of several townhomes and a few have asked for ice/salt buckets to be placed around there sites. I was thinking about five gallon pales with salt in them Anyone have any ideas of what we could use. One property want's three the other wants two.
    Thanks
     
  2. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,865

    yup 5 gallon pails can work, they also sell salt bins(about size of household garbage cans) for about 100-200 bucks depnding on size you want.
     
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    I always used 6 gallon buckets with a lid filled with clearlane so I doesn't harden or clump.
     
  4. treeman06

    treeman06 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    We use rubbermaid totes, 15 gallon size I believe, they hold around 200 lbs of salt.
     
  5. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    5 gallon with lid, with a hand held salt shaker
     
  6. mnguy

    mnguy Member
    Messages: 79

    Treeman I never thought about a rubber made that might work better then the pale Thanks
     
  7. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,865

    All depends on size/quanity needed to store, that depends on how much they will use, I do caution you on getting "too big" of a container since if it's left for too long you will end up with wasted product & it may get overused if there is "lots" in the homeowners mind. I have found buckets placed for community areas(ie: entrances, mailbox areas ect.) that they end up getting used for personal use(between there car or their deck) so if it's included in price be carefull on size placed, but if they paying for each refill, go wild.
     
  8. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,865

    Oh and a good fitting lid is a must.
     
  9. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760

    I put out many five gallon buckets....but

    They sure seem to disappear or come up empty :)

    I have one site that they never use any of the salt I give them...but they are always the one asking...can you fill our bucket again.

    I believe their buckets will start to be filled with junk salt from last year. Hate to do it...but I know it is going home with them.
     
  10. Drakeslayer

    Drakeslayer 2000 Club Member
    from Carver
    Messages: 2,785

    This. But we sell them as safety buckets. Easy money!
     
  11. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,143

    We do the same. We give some people the first bucket as a nice gesture. Then refills or more buckets are billed. All the buckets have our company name on them, say ICE MELT, and our contact info.