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brine Vs rock salt spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by oreo_n2, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. oreo_n2

    oreo_n2 Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Solo operator right now, just getting into the salting world for two commercial parking lots this winter with my F 350.
    I have my eye on a used fisher polycaster. Local source for rock salt also sells brine and spraying systems.

    Trying to decide which is the better path forward for me.

    I don't have a place to dump, store and reload material to keep it dry for the spreader, so the brine system is looking appealing.

  2. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    Dry salt is acceptable and will work for most every situation unless it gets too cold. Additives can be added to make salt more efficient and work at lower temps. IMO, brine will not work for every situation. If you have one choice, use dry salt and use it wisely. Oh and we use brine as well as dry salt.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2015
  3. 86 CJ

    86 CJ Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 306

    Get yourself into the liquids. You might get to the point where you really like it, but yes have backup Rock Salt for those occasional storms that liquids are not getting the job done, or just apply more :drinkup:
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Good advice from an old sage. :laughing: :eek: :p ;)
  5. orange toys

    orange toys Member
    Messages: 76

    I'm not new to salting but I'm very new to learning about applying liquids. I've not heard anything really negative about liquid, but I'm still learning and researching
  6. ponyboy

    ponyboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,104

    If liquid is so good why does every town still use salt
    My town uses liquid to pre treat but during and after they use rock salt
    I may be wrong but hear liquid doesn't melt ice as well but for ore treating I would think its ok I just do a quick pre salt
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Everyone uses liquids to melt ice and snow.
  8. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    Rock salt doesn't start melting snow/ice until it dissolves and turns into brine.
  9. 86 CJ

    86 CJ Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 306

    I am the only one making and using liquids in my area last season and plan to use even more this season. The State uses it for pre-treating, and now the county put a bid out for a Brine maker and we will see it more and more soon this upcoming season. I used it for some pre treating last year, but mostly de-icing after I plow. We also had colder temps here in MD last year and will hope to see that again, where I think my 90/10 (Kubota Blend :drinkup:) did better than most people's dumping rock salt last year and had cleaner lots the next morning. I think the biggest issue with liquids is that people are quick to say they don't work or just want to stick with what they are use to with over spreading bulk salt(which is now killing trees/grass/etc) on customers nice property's. I spent a year researching, spraying, building, testing to get where I am comfortable with using mainly Liquids now and helping to inform others locally and get them started. Unless you have tried it and done your homework with it, then don't believe what others have no clue about.....:nono:
  10. unimogr

    unimogr Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    Anyone in RI selling brine? What seems to be the going price per gallon? I don't need enough to justify making a system. If I store it in a 500 gallon tank will I need to agitate it?