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crusher tailing vs sand??

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by cmo18, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    Some guys around me say I should be using crusher tailing instead of pit sand??

    Because sand is round, you get better traction from tailing??any truth?anyone using tailing?
  2. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    Around here (Colorado) we us this:
    SQUEEGEE This is a 3/8" minus sand that is good for ice control, select backfill situations, and as a drainage material.
    Some pits around here have it pre mixed with 10% salt.
  3. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  4. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    crusher tailings /asphault make up sand

    Its an either or situation really depending
    upon what is locally available.

    the stone dust is typically destined for
    the asphault plant locally in our case as it
    adds bulk to the mix and aids in holding
    the mix together with the oil emulsion and
    the soap used in the heated emulsion.

    The problem is spreadability as far as the fine stone
    dust is concerned as like all aggregates it will attract

    If you can buy band run concrete sand or mason in the
    off season- spring, summer, fall, it will cost you less money.
    money in the long run

    The big plus is that sand will cost less than salt or other deicing
    chemicals and you can sweep it up in the spring anf make more
    money in the process.

  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I've used both, tailings and sharp sand. By far I prefer sand, with one exception. If you are treating gravel drives after an ice storm, tailings are ideal. They bite great, and the larger pieces stay on top of the ice longer. But for normal post snow storm treatment, sand is better. I little bit goes a long way, and it makes mulch less mess on the hot top after the snow is gone.