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water softener salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by JTVLandscaping, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    My local farm store works deals with contractors where you buy a pallet of salt, and they store it. You essentially buy the pallet, come to the store and tell them how much your taking. They don't actually set the pallet aside for you, which I kinda was hoping. Now, they're gearing up for spring and ran out of rock salt. We have snow coming, I still had 30 bags left. I was pretty happy because it seemed like I hit it right, not running out but not having to much left. They gave me water softener salt insted. I've never used it. Does it work as good as the halite??? I was in a jam so I took it thinking salt is salt but should I be worried about this?
     
  2. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862


    We've used it before, in a pinch, and it works fine.
     
  3. crazyskier537

    crazyskier537 Senior Member
    from NE IL
    Messages: 129

    You'll be fine. There's lots of different meshes of this stuff, so be sure you didn't buy the one's that are the size of marbles. (Been there, done that) The only main difference is that the water softener salt is much more pure.
     
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    thats what we have used to mix with sand and it works great
     
  5. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I bought 2 skinds of softner salt this year, and had no problems with it at all. Works just like road rock salt.
     
  6. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    sodium is sodium

    same as all above. It works fine.
     
  7. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    I got 2 pallets also, the larger marble size salt when slung bounces and flies farther, just something to consider
     
  8. fordzilla1155

    fordzilla1155 Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    The post office in my town went with the low bid and this clown uses his truck to clear the walkways onto the street. Add to that, the other day with a light dusting, he used the gems on the steps and walks. The walks look nice with the rust stains from the cutting edge, and I am sure the salt will do wonders in the chips of the joints that could not withstand the force of the plow. I guess you get what you pay for..
     
  9. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    I plowed a sidewalk once this year, but it was 3-4' of drifts, and I choked up on the blade so no damage to the concrete. It was at that point I realized this wasn't your average snowstorm
     
  10. qualitycut

    qualitycut PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,227

    Thats what I use on my walks 80# bag for 6.50 its pretty small pieces.
     
  11. loudcav

    loudcav Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 59

    Ive used the rock salt in the past when the store ran out of the good stuff and it was between rock salt labled for ice and rock salt labled for water softeners worked just fine then when winter was over I dumped the left over bags in the softener so it was a win win
     
  12. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    In short, softener salt is solar, "rock" salt (halite) is mined. Both work fine, solar tends to brine up quicker, which can be a blessing and a curse.
     
  13. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    I actually really like the "solar" salt. It works well and is quite uniform in "pellet" size.
     
  14. fordzilla1155

    fordzilla1155 Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    When the snow melts and does not dissolve the gems, it is like walking on rocks.
     
  15. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    There is a difference between "solar" softener salt and "compacted pellet" softener salt...
     
  16. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    its there loss. softner salt compared to halite, pretty big price difference.
     
  17. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    Yeah--compacted pellets are "time release". As in "it will be there to fight snow next winter, too".

    :laughing:
     
  18. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,955

    So it melts the snow SOFTLY?
     
  19. snownice

    snownice Junior Member
    from 60010
    Messages: 26

    we keep 5 pallets for back up. Seems to work fine in a pinch
     
  20. 04hd

    04hd Senior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 170

    I just bought a pallet of solar salt from farm and fleet today $4 a bag. the thing i like about solar salt is it seem to "stick around" longer. If your melting alot of ice/hard pack the pellets dont dissolve as fast.