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How much in a bag

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by sven1277, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    Anyone ever counted how many cups are in a 50lb bag of icemelt? I put baffles on my walkbehind spreaders (4' wide spread pattern now) and I want to calibrate them. Thanks.
  2. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    I don't know how many cups, but I would like to see the baffles you put on your spreaders if poss.
  3. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    icemelt etc.etc....

    Screened to thirty mesh rock salt is 94 pounds per cubic foot so you can go from there; a dry measure cup is a different animal due to the product not being uniform unless you are using calcium chloride flakes etc.etc.....

    A walk behind spreader is a chore simply as it will work sometimes and not other simply due to the product not being uniform and bridging and plugging even when dry.

    If you were to use a dry weight cup measure it would be 100 cups but as I stated above the problem is its not uniform unless calcium chloride flakes are used; the other problem is most spreaders are ment for fertilzer prills/bit that are scalp formed from scalping screens using a single grain of sand as a base for the fertiliser coating.

    Sorry :^((
  4. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    I'll try to get pics tomorrow, but all I did was cut down a rubber tailgate protector so it wrapped around the front and 2 sides and came down just below the spinner and bolted it directly to the hopper of the lesco spreaders. Simple, cheap and seems to work great.