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Salting Question for everyone!!!

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by powerdriver, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. powerdriver

    powerdriver Junior Member
    from CHICAGO
    Messages: 16

    Good Evening to everyone,

    Okay here is my dilemma, I only do commercial properties and I have one in particular that is giving me a headache. Its an asphalt parking lot and I use rock salt in my spreader. The rock salt just isn't cutting it, I know I can use Pedalow and Lava Melt, etc... I use landscapers choice on their concrete walks because they are all new. They are trying to keep costs down of course, so I was wondering if there is something I can mix with my rock salt so I don't have any ice build up on parts of their parking lot.

    So anything you can think of to put in my spreader with the Rock Salt would greatly help. I have considered liquid de-icers but will wait until next season.

    Lets here it guys & thank you!!
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Are you using enough,is this spot downhill from where you push the snow,less traffic,in the shade?
     
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Start using clearlane, its only $8-10 more per ton and well worth it.
     
  4. powerdriver

    powerdriver Junior Member
    from CHICAGO
    Messages: 16

    I put about 500-700 pounds of salt down, its more then enough. We haven't had a lot sun recently and I know that's part of the issue of course. I'm looking for something that is still cheap but effective to help them out.
     
  5. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    What has the temp been lately?

    Also, the words cheap and effective normally don't go together!
     
  6. powerdriver

    powerdriver Junior Member
    from CHICAGO
    Messages: 16

    lol, temps have gotten warmer and everything is good now. I will be working with a bare surface for the next snow fall this weekend. I know cheap and effective doesn't go well, lol. Im trying to keep costs down on both sides of the table. The aren't afraid to spend the money, I just don't want them to ever have the idea that I want to take advantage of pocket book.
     
  7. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    $10 more a ton is cheap insurance and it works the first time.
     
  8. vlc

    vlc Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Magic works good too. Costs more per ton, but you don't have to use as much as straight salt.
     
  9. Stove

    Stove Member
    Messages: 79

    ^^^^^ yep what he said