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Salt vs. Liquid

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Lcmains1, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Lcmains1

    Lcmains1 Member
    Messages: 31

    I am fairly new to the commercial snow removal/ice control business. This year I Picked up 2 large retail parking lots. I am wondering what is best/most economical for getting the lots down to the asphalt once the snow is cleared. I am currently using a rock salt/mag chloride mix. Would I be better off to use a liquid mag chloride? I can get the liquid for $1.05 gal, I paying $260 per ton of the granular. Is there much of a difference?

    Any advice/help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Team_Arctic

    Team_Arctic Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    being in des moines Im not sure you are going to need the mag chloride to often. straight rock salt is good down 5 or 7 degrees. As far as the option of liquid vs solid. They both have their place. Generally liquid is cheaper if you make it your self. I like liquid for the quick clean off after a snow and the lots are all plowed clean. I like the rock salt when there is ice or there is and inch or less of snow. I am only spraying salt brine. I dont have calcium or anything mixed with it. Everyone has their own opinion . I would say you cant go wrong with pre-wetting rock salt.
     
  3. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    As always, regional prices may vary, but 260 a ton seems STEEP
     
  4. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    I agree, and I don't see the need to pay the additional money for the mag chloride 90% of the time. There's obviously rare ocassions where it's worth the money, but not the typical snow event.........