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Can I pile bulk salt higher?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by ChicagoSnow, Nov 13, 2001.

  1. ChicagoSnow

    ChicagoSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Last year I built a 3 tier concrete block (2x2x8') salt bin with a "Cover all" roof system - which I'm very satisfied with.

    The only challenge I have is I'm trying to fit more salt inside of this bin to stock pile salt in case of a shortage. I have about 14' worth of additional height that I can use to maximize this salt bin. I don't have a wheel loader - just a 773 Bobcat.

    Any type of conveyor systems out there?? Or any "home made" set ups?

    Thanks for your input.


    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    with the machine you have (i have the same) i think you are kind of limited ...you could rent a loader or backhoe for a day to get a bit more height !?
  3. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    what about tracks on the skid steer, and making a "ramp" up the pile?


    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    you could build up dirt on the backside of your boxed area(with your skid) and have them dump it from there.......would be a big ramp ,but another idea
  5. 66Construction

    66Construction Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    Building a ramp is your best bet. I do it a lot to reach the second floor when framing houses when my New Holland wont reach. It works pretty good. IN the winter the ground will freeze and your ramp will be fairly solid. As long as you build the dirt against the back and the salt on the inside up at the same time you should be able to do what you need to do, as long as you have some extra fill laying around.
  6. ChicagoSnow

    ChicagoSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Thanks for the input!

    I will have to build a ramp or try to rent a conveyor of some kind?

    We'll see how it goes............I'll let you know.

  7. ChicagoSnow

    ChicagoSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Well everyone -

    After many discussions regarding "piling salt" higher in a salt bin, my solution to the problem came to me today!

    I used my 2 stage 32" Ariens snow thrower to throw (1 semi)21.5 tons a top of a 6' tall (90 ton) salt bin pile. It worked like a charm.

    Thanks for everyone's help in this forum!

  8. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    Really??? That must have been noisy and hard on that blower. I would not have thought of doing that.
  9. 66Construction

    66Construction Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    WOW!! I never would have thought to do that! Was it a pain or did it just go right through it. I know older snow that's become more like hard ice cyrstals goes farther then regular snow. How far did the salt go.
  10. ChicagoSnow

    ChicagoSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    The salt blown out of the 2-stage snow thrower went between 30'-45' in distance @ 15' height! With my 32" snow thrower I took half passes and it was fine. Not noisy..........same as any other gas powered equipment.

  11. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    Hmmmm..... now doesn't THAT lend one to do some serious thinking...........????
  12. 66Construction

    66Construction Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    If only they sold snowblowers with a pre-weting system! you could pile the salt and spray it with magic all at once.

    John you're just the person to create such an invention!!

    Go get one of those airport snowmachines a few thousand gallons of magic and go to town!
  13. Highpoint

    Highpoint Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    UP UP and Away

    Seems to me that corn is about the same size as a piece of rock salt. Why not get a used Auger. I've seen them with a loading pan that would be or could be adjusted to the size of your bucket.:cool:
  14. ronald d hipp

    ronald d hipp Junior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2

    what is a coverall roof?
  15. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    Ronald Coverall roof is just one of those plastic canvases with galvinized metal bows like a round greenhouse type garage but they use them in this situation on top of cement blocks for a roof .You can see them at www.clearspan.com.

    That is a good idea now just get some machines make some new lables and market it as a slat pileing system and you will be all set.lol But sierously that is a good idea to use it for that,never would of thought of using it for that.
  16. Taconic

    Taconic PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 180

    Funny you should say that 66Construction
    I designed a mixer for the sole purpose of mixing salt and magic last year .We use two 5 yard loaders who can barely keep up with the machine and put a calibration system on it with a high speed stone thrower which are popular out west.The stone thrower is usually hooked to a tri axle dump truck.We can mix and throw the treated salt where ever we like within 60 feet at 360 tons an hour and can get it down to the ounce of liquid mixed if we want.It is noisy as i have a 125hp John Deere diesel running it. It runs by remote control so the loader operaters can control it and it can be pulled behind a 1 ton truck.
  17. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    snowthrower to stack salt? great idea!
  18. ChicagoSnow

    ChicagoSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Just wrapped up my second season of "salt launching"!

    My Ariens barely looks like it has seen any work at all with all the salt flowing through it. The only challenge is keeping the salt dry before "throwing" it above your existing salt pile. The drier the salt the better.

  19. 66Construction

    66Construction Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    Taconic If anyone could come up with something like that it was definitly you, I've never seen so much magic salt as when i was at you shop.

    Me I'm still a big fan of 2 guys a skidsteer and an electric pump and sprayer, oh yeah dont forget the 12 pack.