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How do I keep the chunks out of the salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Ropinghorns, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Got my first load of bulk salt and tarpped it. Some water had to get in or I wouldn't have the big ,hard, chunks, right? Is dry salt the answer to no chunks? I am leaving it in the western tornado over night and next day it is frozen and won't move. Do I need to spray it with calcium cloride to prevent this? I will do what it takes, cause I need to be a back-up to my other spreaders in a pinch (always in the middle of the nite) and do not want to have to go out and load . I need to be ready. Will parking it in the shop help?
  2. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    loading it and parking it in the shop will help. i dont salt but alot of people park inside while loaded.
  3. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    bump it for answers
  4. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    mix in some anti caking agent
  5. brookview

    brookview Member
    Messages: 33

    park it in the shop!
  6. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Park inside or build better salt storage, you build a simple cover all with large blocks easily and inexpensive. Hopefully you also have a screen on your spreaders.
  7. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    mix in some anti caking agent
    What do I use?
  8. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    What do people with Under Tailgate Spreaders do? Or replacement tailgate spreaders on dump trucks that have no screen? I want one on my one ton dump, but I cannot imagine how to screen out the chunks...
  9. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    Bulk salt that not destined for bagging has an anti-caking agent added at the mine before it ever leaves. I would suggest taking samples from various depths in clear jars (mason jars work well) and letting them sit--preferably sealed (again, mason jars). Keep it indoors for a few days, and see what the bottom looks like. Excessive moisture will show up on the bottom. Also, when you load, don't just grab a bucket and drop it in. "Open" the pile, mix it up a little before loading, and make sure you keep the bucket a couple inches off the ground--a common error that results in a lot of crap getting into expensive spreaders.

    But as for your immediate issue, you can treat the pile with a variety of liquids to keep it flowing (CaCl, MgCl, any "liquid deicer"). But, as has been said, if you're going to park it loaded, you'd better do it inside a heated garage.

    Good luck!
  10. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Chunks will get caught in the Auger.....At that point you have to stop and clean out the auger....Eather by cleaning from the top or ...opening the Bottom gate and dumping whats in the auger......

    Sometimes you will get Chunky loads from a supplier....Its eather Old Salt or Salt thats gotten wet...You just have to Keep your Salt as Dry as Possible to avoid causing chunks on your end.....I would Never Leave salt in a spreader overnight Outside....There is always an element of moisture in that salt thats gonna Freeze.....
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    We do site checks 7 days a weeks before 5am or earlier every morning so we leave salt in our 1 salt truck for the entire winter. We have never had a problem getting the salt out but we do leave the truck parked in our shop. We generally always like to turn the spreader on when we first pull out of the shop just to make sure everything moves freely then we countinue on our way. I would never leave a truck sitting outside with salt in it. Sometimes when we don't have much to do the same load of salt can be in our trucks for up to a week.
  12. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    salt etc.

    Straight windshield washer fluid is easier to use as Yellow Prussiate of Soda can be a bear to mix right in liquid.

    If you have a chemical supply house nearby or a water softener dealer they can obtain the Yellow Prussiate of soda in the large cardboard pails for you to use.

    I have a posting for suppliers of the Yellow Prussiate of Soda that is a year or more old here on the site here.
  13. KMBertog

    KMBertog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    keep the truck or trucks parked inside when loaded. that's what we do with our salt trucks.
  14. DistinctiveDave

    DistinctiveDave Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    I have used windshield washer fluid before to loosen a load. Dump a gallon, let it sit for 10 mins or so and you should be good, but Ive only used it as an after thought. I have never treated salt with fluid.
  15. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    It doesn't make a diff. Doesn't speed up the melting power of the salt at all. I've dumped 10gallons of it on 2 yards of salt and it does nothing. The beat juice works way better.

    If you keep moist salt in the hopper inside the heated shop will it not freeze soon after you roll the truck outside? Depending on how fast you get rid of the load of course. I leave salt in my SaltDogg all the time overnight and for a few days no issues.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2011
  16. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Grassman09 How do you like the saltdogg and what one did you get? I am thinking of getting another one cause I like the 1500 we are using now. Maybe a 2000.
  17. 518Landscapes

    518Landscapes Member
    Messages: 43

    Like every one says, dry salt if you can get it and park in side. JD Daves advice is key make sure its working before departure. A large steel bar is also a good idea just in case.:realmad:
  18. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    If I leave salt in my truck for extended periods, I just make sure to keep "turning" it occasionally with a shovel to keep it from freezing.

    If I get a really nasty load of salt, I just scoop it to the back and sort out the chunks. Every time I take a shovel full, the bigger chunks will rise to the top and I can shake them off.

    Generally I try to only get what I need and dump off extra onto a tarp and cover it if I'm afraid of it becoming a giant salt lick.
  19. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    I used to hate it or well how it wouldn't put the salt down heavy. I took out the rear baffle and now I'm complaining it empty's too fast. Always have the run the vibrator. I have the 2000 2yd or 2 3/4 heaped. The 2000 fits fine in a short box.

  20. SRT

    SRT Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    use anti skid maybe 15 - 20% really helps