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Treated salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Stud Bro, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Stud Bro

    Stud Bro Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    I'm new to the salting end of the business. I have plowed for years and this is the first year that i have had a salter truck. We use balk rock salt costs me $53.00 a yard delivered (is this a good price). I guess my question is what is the difference between rock salt and treated? How much dose treated cost? Witch one is better?
    Thanks for all the advice
     
  2. Mick

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

    Treated salt is simply rock salt (could be bagged or bulk) that has had something applied to it which usually lowers it's freeze point and improves its melting capability in some way (depending on what it is "treated" with). Some treatments result in the salt being less corrosive because what it is treated with is noncorrosive and by saturating and coating the salt, the result is a less corrosive product. Since the freeze point is lowered, there is less "freeze/thaw cycle" which is the prime culprit in concrete damage. So the result is less damage to concrete. It will tend to not "burn" vegetation and is less irritating to pets' feet. However, some treatments have the opposite effect and are actually more corrosive than ordinary rock salt.

    Cost varies, but is naturally more expensive than plain rock salt.

    Better? Depends on what you're looking for (see first paragraph).
     
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    I'd just like to piggy back on Mick's reply. You can use less treated salt than straight salt typically. I'm amazed how far a couple shovel full's of magic salt can go on melting down a driveway.
     
  4. Stud Bro

    Stud Bro Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Thanks for the info guys. I'll have to look into it more for next season see as i have a massive pile of rock salt in the back right now.
     
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    you can get it treated if you can find someone to spray the pile for you. Then that pile will go farther.
     
  6. Mick

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

    Check with these guys. See if they can come and treat your pile. Takes about 8 gallons of Magic -0 per ton. Sprayed on your pile. You'll need a loader to turn the pile as they spray it.

    http://www.magicsalt.info/Dealers - WI.htm
     
  7. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    Yes, it's a great price! I pay $83/ton up here, and that's if I pick it up myself!
     
  8. Mick

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

    Not necessarily. You're mixing tons and yards. If we accept a yard of salt weighs 1350 lbs; then a he's paying $78.52 a ton - not significantly less than you. Then we need to consider where it was shipped or trucked to its final destination. I would think salt in Wisconsin is less than salt in VT.
     
  9. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    True, you are right. I don't know why I was thinking that a yard = a ton :dizzy: