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What are you MN guys charging for sand salting??

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by nobullfrogs, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. nobullfrogs

    nobullfrogs Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I got my first load cheap, but definately will not get so lucky the next time. I want to charge enough to cover myself and not give my customers a large price increase.
     
  2. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    you need to charge the price that will make you money. It is simple as that. You paid X amount per ton and you want to make this much off it. It is a guessing game to try and compete with others due to the fact every company has a different amount of overhead and resources that go into there pricing. Is this your first year salting. If not then you should have a good idea of what to charge. And if your first load was cheap then get another load cheap right now so you dont have to worry about the price.... I got a lot of salt and maybe the price will go down and I will lose out, but it may go up and I may make more money. You never know when it comes to weather and snow, so you throw your hat in the ring and see what happens....
     
  3. nobullfrogs

    nobullfrogs Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    True. this is my first year actually managing the snow removal operations. I am mostly concerned about sand salt pricing coming out of the cities right now. $140 / ton is what i'm hearing. I will probably base all my pricing off of me paying $140 / ton for now, since that is the going rate right now.
     
  4. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    $40 per 50lbs bagged applied. This is how I have always charged.
     
  5. Kingwinter

    Kingwinter Senior Member
    Messages: 217

    charging the customer $200 a ton put down is not out of the question this year.
     
  6. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    I would put all of your number together and see how much you need to charge. Also try to get a feel for the area on what your market will allow. I have heard price from $175-$225 spread, in Rochester.
     
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Yeah I was charging $1600/ton for a while but I though I was too cheap, so I raised my prices.:rolleyes:
     
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    What is sand salt?:confused:
     
  9. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Yeah, at $40 per 50# bag, i would love to be getting $1960 per pallet, mySELF! I would be paying ALOT of subs to push more lots for me just so i can sell the salt.
     
  10. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    Straight salt spread, $225+ easy.

    Salt/sand $175+ easy

    But, I do not spread/sell by the ton spread. I contract a per time cost, light and heavy cost per lot. So when all is said and done I get over $300 per ton spread, which is on the borderline of not enough based on what we are paying for salt.
     
  11. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    Seriously?
     
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Kinda LOL:rolleyes:
     
  13. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    10-15% salt, the rest sand, mixed. Quarries around here sell quite a bit of it. I keep 10-20 tons on hand. It is the best alternative to use when temps hover below 10F and aren't coming up for a day or so.
     
  14. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    And it costs $140/ton?
     
  15. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    $140 ton for salt/sand mix here.
     
  16. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    If mix is 140 how much is striaght salt?
     
  17. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    You are paying or spreading for $140?
     
  18. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    It doesn't cost anything near $140 a ton here. Less than half that is its cost.
     
  19. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    not sure on straight salt, i'll find out a friend uses stright salt. Salt/sand cost $140 to purchase. 2yard min
     
  20. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    wow lots of confusion here, and a lot of bsers too! LOL