Bagged De-icer Prices

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Chuck Smith

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NJ
I just got a flyer in the mail for some "2001 Ice Melter Specials". They say "The Best Deals".
How's this sound?
1 Pallet (56 bags) of Pedalow ice melter, at $750.50. That's $13.40 per (50#) bag. Bags less than a full pallet, at $22.00 per 50# bag.

1 Pallet (49 bags) of rock salt (50#) at $226.00, that's $4.71 per bag. Bags less than a full pallet, $5.75 per 50# bag. Just for the sake of comparission, my brother paid $5.75 per bag, when buying a full pallet of 80# bags last year.

1 Pallet (56 bags) of Calcium Chloride flakes at $660.00. That's $11.79 per (50#) bag. Less than a full pallet at $21.50 per 50# bag.

And they call these prices a good deal???

~Chuck
 

plowjockey

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Dayton, Ohio USA
Remind me not to go to them for a "good deal". Could this be people trying to get over on the expected salt shortage or have prices just gone up that far. The fuel prices are back down here in Ohio but they were up all summer.

Bruce
 

BRL

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Somerset, NJ
One of my suppliers is offering this:
Rock salt - 49 bags\pallet $4.25\bag $4.50\bag less than a pallet

Calcium Chloride Pellets 56 bags\pallet $12.96\bag $13.75\bag less than a pallet.

The supplier had a letter from one of his suppliers sitting out that I accidently read. It talked about how supply is bad for this season and listed 3 reasons 1. Bad winter last year- they still haven't caught up 2. Increased usage of salt facilities to produce either salt or some other product for increased need for dust control products. 3. Increased use of salt in other industries that need it for different uses (oil, manufacturing and others) Apparently we aren't the only people that need salt :( Sorry for the wierd explanations, but I was reading it upside down & quickly, so I wasn't able to record it exactly in my brain for later usage, but this is very close to what the letter said.
 

Mike Nelson

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Location
Naperville IL
If anyone would like a quote on most types of bag material or bulk salt (treated or untreated). Please feel free to call our office or email us at icemelt@att.net and we would be happy :D to assist you.

Thank You
Mike Nelson
Environmental Surface Treatments,Inc.
Fishkill,N.Y.
authorized distributor of Ice Ban Products
1-877-Snowgone or
1-845-831-4900
 

Taconic

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Those of u who were at the bbq saw the Magic Salt and those of you who didnt get to come can get your bulk salt and bagged material pricing from us if you like.We can also get you pricing on bagged ICE BAN if you like just give us a ring and we will be happy to quote you.
Our Tel is 845-485-4200
or email us at www.wemeltice@aol.com
John Parker
Sprayed salt
bagged Magic Salt
CMA
bagged Ice Ban
bulk from Boston to Philadelphia
 

ddm

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Location
Michigan
We've been checking bagged prices around the area here in MI.

Most have been a little under $3.00 a bag,(50#) 49 bags/pallet=$ 147.00. So we may be on the cheap side of the curve in this area. :cool: I have been told by a couple of places to expect an increase by late November which may be significant. Sound s like we should all prepare for the "shortage" a little earlier this season.


Last season during the "shortage" we paid as high as $ 4.50/bag, and it was hard to find salt at any price for a time. Luckily, we made it through only buying a little here and there, but I'd like to be better prepared this year.
 

PINEISLAND1

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Western Michigan
If anyone in my area of MI, (Grand Rapids) is interested in trying bagged magic, I've got a load scheduled for the last week of November. I only have a 1/4 truckload coming now, but there is another price break at 1/2 truck, so it would benefit both of us a litlle.
 

Plow Meister

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I just purchased 4 - 80# pallets (35 bags) of safety salt from Morton at $4.78 per bag. The cost went up yesterday but my contract ends 12-31-01 so I can still get it for that price. If anyone wants to work with me I may need another 4 pallets. I think my next break is at 10 pallets.
 

CT18fireman

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Western CT
You guys buy a lot of bagged material. Is it for resale or personal use? I would think it might be easier to buy bulk and use buckets or something. I buy a pallet of bagged but most of it is sold to businesses that I plow so that they may handle small areas. Just a thought but it is usually cheaper to buy bulk.
 

Plow Meister

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I would love to buy bulk but I have nowhere to store it. In bags I can let them sit outside tarped.

Plus, I use tailgate spreaders and bags are much easier to schlep around. When I make the jump to a box spreader I will try to go in on a load or two of bulk with another plow contractor in my area.

I would love to build a hopper off the groung where I can use an elevator to lift the salt into the bin. Then I can drive the trucks under the shute and open it up. No need for a loader and no possibilities of running into the truck with the loader, etc. I have an elevator and the plans for such a hopper in my head. Just need a solid reason to build it and a place to put it.

I know it would save me a ton of money in salt prices.
 

Plow Meister

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Yea, a conveyor is the same as an elevator. That was my reason for buying it last year. I still haven't used it yet. I figure I can store about 5 yards in the space of less than 1 yard. Also, keeping the salt like this will free up my loader for other uses.
 

plowjockey

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Dayton, Ohio USA
Sounds like units like that self contained on trailers could be a good thing to lease to people in the winter time. The hopper could have a chute that folds out for dispensing kind of like how the old trains got water.

Bruce
 

Mick

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Maine
What your describing is what we used to use on the farm to load grain. I've been trying to find one for a couple of months. Anyone knows where I can find one around here, let me know.
 

Plow Meister

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EXACTLY!

I didn't think to look for n old silo of that nature. I was just going to build one from scratch out of pressure treated lumber and line the inside with aluminum or copper. I live near the midddle of farm country so I will have to keep an eye out for one already made.
 

66Construction

Senior Member
Location
Albany NY
Any of you guys that store pallets of bagged material can store bulk. Take a pallet and put three sides (3' high) and a bottom on it. It'll hold about a yard and you can cover it and stack it outside just like a palet of bags. I plan to put it right in the back of the trucks when it's snowing, it'll be just like a job box but with salt in it. Not everyone can have the Taconic maintenance setup, I dream about a state of the art setup like that. The cost of the bin is minimal to buying bagged material, and depending on your profession you might be able to take home what you need from work like I do. Even if you have to go to Home Depot and buy 2 sheets of OSB and 5 2x4's you'll still save a ton over baged material.
Casey
 

G.Williams

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Location
South Jersey
We are getting rock salt 50# bags, full pallet prices @ $2.60/bag
Calcium chloride flake is @ $7.88 / 50# bag. We are however buying full trailers at a time. And usually buy 3-4 trailers/season.

That could explain the dramatic price drop.
 
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