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Where is the best place to get salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Lyons Lawn Care, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. Lyons Lawn Care

    Lyons Lawn Care Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Where is the best place to get salt? Can you get it at places like lowes? I know these are probably dumb questions but I am new and just trying to figure the whole snow removal buisness out.
  2. Scott's

    Scott's Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    Lowes is a joke and will not cut youu any deal. Try Home Depot, the one around here can get it by the truck load and quoted me 4.75 a bag.
  3. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    How much salt are you talking about?
  4. Lyons Lawn Care

    Lyons Lawn Care Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Enough to do a 2-3 acre paking lot.
  5. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    how many times ?
  6. Lyons Lawn Care

    Lyons Lawn Care Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    3-4 times a year generally here in KY.
  7. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,035

    Thats funny we just took a semi of Road Runner from Lowes for $4.?? per bag. Great to work with
  8. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I like that Road Runner stuff. It works good.
  9. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I just talked to the manager at our lowes, said 10% off for contractors. which brings it down to around 4.50/bag. I just bought a pallet @ 3.95/bag. Plan on picking up a couple more for backstock.
  10. SnowMelt2006

    SnowMelt2006 Member
    Messages: 68

    Road Runner (Scotwood) = rock salt 96%
  11. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Where did you get that info? I dont think thats what i read on the bag
  12. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    you are going to use bag on what I read from your other post 156,000 Sqft for both lots not counting the acces rds what does the add to the total?, and thats almost 4 acres bud little over 43k SQft is an acre!!! I do'nt seethe SQft for the Rds
    1, ur better of with balk are you mixing it with sand or straight salt?
    2, what are you going to spread it with? small tailgate spreader? have fun at 900-1000lbs a load two to three times at like 20 minutes each time by ur self, hr total to load it 3 times not counting spreading time ( THE FASTER YOU CAN SPREAD THE MORE TIME YOU WHOULD HAVE FOR MORE WORK WITH OUT HAVING TO SUB IT OUT OR HAVE TO HIRE MORE HELP)
    3, one bag spreads around 5,000 SqFt depending on how heavy so at a med setting your going to hand open 40- 50 bags? not counting the Rd $4 x40 $160 just in salt not counting mark up and cost to spread
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2008
  13. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    the best place is out of JD's bin.....it's always free to new guys at plow site.....lol
  14. Stringalation

    Stringalation Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    well i hope you have better luck than me. i have been all over louisville and all i could find was REMOVE ICE MELTER home depot does not have it yet lowes does not have it yet and my big guys caudill said mortons is 4 months out. we do not have big snow here any more but a few ice events so i wanted to spread a little and shovel some d-ways good luck to all us new guys but this is a totally diff. beast.
  15. PBinWA

    PBinWA Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Look for Solar Water Heater Salt. It's usually in the same place as the salt for water softeners. I can sometimes get it pretty cheap at Walmart during the summer and early fall. Otherwise, it is usually stocked at Home Depot and Lowes. At least out here it is.

    In a bind, the water softener cubes work but not that great and usually need to be spread by hand. :mad:

    DODGE-BOY Senior Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 121

    I have two truckloads of 50's here if you wanna haul it or have it hauled. Sell for what I have in it--cash. I use 80's first.
  17. obrionusa

    obrionusa Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 8

    Try Water Softner Sales reps.

    I just bought a pallet from a local water softner company (Alpha Water). Its a mix of calcium and rock salt to 5* above. The sales agent says he sells to hospitals and Universitys. I paid $5.50 a bag. I'm sure some of the big timers like Culligan has it as well. Oh and that was delivered to my door.
  18. Stringalation

    Stringalation Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    i found some rocksalt at 5.45 per and 5.25 a pallet i bought a quarter ton for starters sweet
  19. Stringalation

    Stringalation Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    had to go check the name. it is america rock salt