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Sand salt mix

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by B Nick, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. B Nick

    B Nick Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Is it a myth? Or will mixing a little salt or ice melter in your sand keep it from freezing?
     
  2. It is common practice for county and state trucks in michigan
    we use as little salt as possible

    use coarse sharp sand and darn little salt

    tc
     
  3. B Nick

    B Nick Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    great, thanks
     
  4. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i'm guessing myth..only because sand freezes because of the moisture in it and salt freezes for the same reasons...
     
  5. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Not a myth! Very common practice here in Maine for both public and private contractors. Typically 15-20 lbs of salt per 100lbs of sand is common. 15 if you typically keep it covered and closer to 20 if its uncovered.
     
  6. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I have 1 contract that calls for sand/salt mix. I mix ours. I use 30% salt and sharp sand. Never had it freeze if it is mixed completely.
     
  7. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,586

    school district we plow throws a salt/sand mix. don't know the mixture.
     
  8. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Key thing is to make sure it is mixed really well.
     
  9. WISnowPlower

    WISnowPlower Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    We also belived our sand/salt mix (70/30) wouldn't freeze but we found if we got below zero we had some problems, our solution was to mix in liquid deicer into the mix (can't remember the ratio we used), used a product called M6. Worked great for us could leave the trucks loaded and had no problems with freeze up
     
  10. B Nick

    B Nick Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Great thanks guys for all you input!