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salt,snow melt,or sand

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by willie dexter, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. willie dexter

    willie dexter Member
    Messages: 46

    what is the best and where can i get it? is it better to buy in bulk or bags? thanks,willie
     
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Really depends on the application or what you're using it for. What type of accounts do you have?
     
  3. willie dexter

    willie dexter Member
    Messages: 46

    some are gravel driveways and some are pavement.thanks
     
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    On gravel driveways, you'll want to use sand or a sand/salt mix. The salt in this is to keep the sand from freezing and clumping. On the pavement, you'll want to use salt or treated salt (treated if they'll pay for it as the cost is substantially higher). Use sand sparingly as it creates soft areas, much like mud. Using salt will result in not needed to clean up in the spring as you would with sand on pavement. Using salt on gravel or hardpack will cause problems as the salt will not be effective on the ice and will simply melt through it; then melt the gravel/hardpack underneath.

    If you have the storage capacity (building), bulk (sand or salt) is preferable due to lower initial cost. You would also need something like a loader to load the sander. Many don't have the space to store bulk, so they use bagged. You can usually get bagged material at a Home Depot or a farm supply store.

    This is all supposing you have the equipment - tailgate or Vbox sander/salter and appropriate truck.

    Application rates (amount of material per square foot, etc) is another subject. Once you decide what you'll be using, ask how much. Few people use both sand/salt and salt/treated salt. Although you might decide you want to of the few.
     
  5. willie dexter

    willie dexter Member
    Messages: 46

    mick,i have a snow-ex tailgate spreader
     
  6. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    tailgate spreaders are nice we have 2 of them they are so much easier to clean and mainatain...anyways run bagged salt easier to store and its wont clump up as easy as bulk salt and if you have some left over its already bagged and can be stored
     
  7. willie dexter

    willie dexter Member
    Messages: 46

    hey, thanks for the input.roughly about how many sq.ft. will 50 pound cover?sorry for beingsyupid to the job. willie