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bulk or bagged?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by CNYScapes, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    So my question is can I fill my bed (chevy HD 2500) with bulk rock salt and cover it with my tonneau cover, and then just shovel it into the tailgate spreader. Will the bulk salt harden up in my bed, or will it be fine to shovel in. I could save quite a bit of money if I buy the salt in bulk instead of bags.
  2. karl klein

    karl klein Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    if you use all of the salt in your bed during a storm it will work just fine. i have seen many local guys fill there beds with a ton of mix and shovel it into there tailgate spreaders. i wouldn't leave it in there for a long period of time.
  3. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    If it doesn't get completely soaked & then you get a period of really cold temps, you'll be fine. I switched from all bagged to doing it that way last year. What a time & cost savings! Left salt in the bed between storms often. Once in a while we had to break up some chunks, and if it gets too frozen, spray some water on it to help breaking it up. Or wait until the next time temps get above freezing to break it up real nice. However, in my area it is rare to have temps below freezing all day for long periods of time. In a colder climate I might not get away with that as much.

    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    i am sure it would work in a pinch,but it may be easier on the longevity of your truck bed to purchase a bulk salter and leave it in that....like a v or the such
  5. micah79

    micah79 Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    Don't leave the bulk in there very long. I have made this mistake and I had to use a pick axe to get it out. The bottom of the pile will turn into a brick.
  6. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    Speaking of salt frozen in spreaders, here's a story of how not to deal with the problem. :nono: I had a sub who left some salt in his V-box overnight once and he told me he was using a jack hammer to try to break it up. The jack hammer bit jammed & he slipped and fell over backwards & I think he said he was unconscious for a bit. He was one lucky hombre to be alive actually. Don't leave salt in the V-boxes or the tailgaters, in case you may not have the luxury of waiting until the next warm up before needing to use them again. Unless you have a heated garage you can park them in overnight.
  7. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    2 years ago when I had my s-10 I did a salt run to get more salt for a friend, I had them load the 6' bed heaping with salt and we only used half of it or roughly to the top of the bed sides. I parked the truck for 17 days with the salt tarped and it was fine the next time we used the salt. the key is keeping it dry and you will be fine
  8. HerkFE

    HerkFE Member
    Messages: 92

    Be careful of the heated garage...

    Just a quick note...we had a problem with a sub whose spreader kept freezing up. Couldn't figure out why since he kept it in a heated garage. After putting on our thinking caps we found the answer.... After leaving the warm confines, the condensation that formed along the inside walls of the spreader was freezing up now that he was out in the cold! He started keeping the truck outside, tarped the load and did fine the rest of the winter. Although, I must admit, I prefer to just empty the spreaders...easier to start them and run them briefly prior to filling them the first time of the day. :waving:

    HOLLYWOOD Member
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  10. Scenic Lawnscape

    Scenic Lawnscape Senior Member
    Messages: 481


    can you take a picture of your truck i want to see what you have set up to hold the salt in with the plywood
  11. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    Bagged salt here.:)
  12. elite1

    elite1 Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    I thought that I could try bulk in my tail gate spreader. Bad move. We loaded the spreader at the pile which was dry, loose and I think better than bagged. Drove less than 5 min. Spreader clogged, I could not fix it then, So I spread it with my big spreader. We plowed for 23hrs, so we let it sit over night. The next day it was harder than concrete. I hit it with a spade shovel and 25lb sledge hammer. Took 2 hours to clean it out. My next call was to my supplier for 3 pallets of bagged.

    HOLLYWOOD Member
    Messages: 70

    REMMERS I'll take a pic today.
  14. Scenic Lawnscape

    Scenic Lawnscape Senior Member
    Messages: 481