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unfreezing/declumping bulk ?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by fredhedd, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. fredhedd

    fredhedd Member
    Messages: 30

    if my spreader is full of hard bulk, can i put it indoors, in the heat, and expect the salt to loosen?
  2. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes Senior Member
    Messages: 136


    NO, get out the hammer and start breaking it up. Its not fun. Been there. I have tried to leave small amounts in mine before and it hardens. Good luck
  3. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    We've never had salt freeze up in the tailgate spreader of the v-box, we have had it freeze in the back of the truck with the tailgate spreader, Parked it in the heated shop for a couple hours, and it dryed out and was like new salt. Now I can't say if it will work when the salt is in basically a container. But I would imagine, it would work on the top. clean that off and maybe keep cleaning the top newly dryed layer. that or it may just be like salt sitting in the back of a truck and just dry out and become lose again.
  4. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,196

    I don't think it will loosen to the point where it will spread but you will have an easier time getting it out with a shovel.
  5. GrandScapes

    GrandScapes Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    No joke it took me about 4.5 hours to get 2 yards out of my 5 yard hopper. The best way to do it is with a power washer. The water will break it up. But be advised, its gonna take a lot of time. IT IS BY FAR THE WORST THING I HAVE EVER HAD TO DO...

    I would rather pick needles out of hay stacks with boxing gloves on. Or better yet, pick fly turds out of pepper

  6. Silentroo

    Silentroo Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    We have radiant heat in our shop. Parked a salter than needed attention after a long day. Was planning on dealing with it the next day. The Radiant heat did help alot. It did not make it spreadable however it was much easier. to break up
  7. DodgeRam1985

    DodgeRam1985 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 82

    Well if you leave it in the heat long enough, it will be ready for next season. Best bet is to get the shovel out and the pick, and start having a go at it.