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What kind of Salt do you use?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Dano879, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. Dano879

    Dano879 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I was wondering what you guys prefer. I live in cincinnati ohio and i am getting a snow ex tailgate spreader pro series 575 it can use Bagged rock salt and pelletized material. i was wondering if you guys use mostly salt or calcium. I will be buying in bags.
  2. MrSnow

    MrSnow Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 23

    I use Morton's Safety Salt here for most of my accounts. I do however use Magic Salt if a customer requests it. I like both products, they seem to be effective. I also do a salt/sand mix with the Morton's, which spreads well through the 575. I buy all my salt and sand bagged which leaves me paying a little more for both. But if you try to run wet sand through your 575, you are bound to have a headache in the first 10 minutes of your day. I started buying my salt from a local dealer, seems to be fair in prices for this area.

    Meisner Snow Relocation Specialists - North Central Indiana
    1994 Dodge 1500 w/ 1 ton suspension 8'6 Boss Super Duty and Snow Ex 575
    2004 Chevy 2500HD w/ 8'2 Boss Power V
    2008 JD Snow Blower
    2009 Toro Snow Blower
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  3. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,027

    You will most likely be using bagged rock salt with that.
    Oh one more thing, make sure you don't have salt in it while driving down the road because it will over load and not spread it because when you hit a bump and compacts down more and more and eventually it is too much for the spreader to handle so if you do end up doing it, you may have to kick it a few times.
  4. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Don't leave it in there cause it will fall out!! I have a tailgate we use for sidewalks, we load as we need. I run bulk through ours since that's what we have in the yard. I either have a tote we made out of a skid in the back of the truck, or 55gal drums cut open that we store the salt in and shovel it as we need.
  5. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I don't have an issue with either.
  6. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Ditto. I have a 575 and a 1075. It will not compact while driving down the road. It does sometimes while loading it. But never in 5 years whiled driving down the road. And the auger goes into the spreader, clogging the hole and not letting the salt fall out. Maybe a few salt pieces, but not pieces of salt not a lot. Almost no other spreader is made like the snowexs, so dont worry about it.
  7. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    575 spreader

    You can spread either product just fine. You can also mix the two in the hopper when the temperature gets colder. You will melt the snow faster than with the sodium alone.

    Just a thought, Good luck and I wish you many good seasons with your 575. We run several SnowEx spreaders and they have helped us make a lot of money.

    Merry Christmas