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how much per bag of salt to charge?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by kevinwebster1, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. kevinwebster1

    kevinwebster1 Member
    Messages: 31

    what should i charge per bag of salt? i just plan on dumpin it in a spreader and walkin/running the lots that i have with it. i think its costin me 7-9 bucks per bag of salt. anybody have any advise?
  2. DuallySnoPusher

    DuallySnoPusher Senior Member
    Messages: 114


    For a start i woudn't charge anything less then double what you paid. Im guessing they are 50lb bags.
  3. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    Last year before I went to bulk salt I was charging $15.00 per 80# bag of salt. The salt cost me $4.95 per bag hope this helps.
  4. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Here it is the following:

    50 lb. bag salt applied --- $9.50

    50 lb. bag de-icer applied --- $15.00

    Just FYI, I spread de-icer only, nobody ever wants salt compared to de-icer.:rolleyes:
  5. kevinwebster1

    kevinwebster1 Member
    Messages: 31

    ok yea, im still in the stages of saying salt when i mean icemelt. SORRY! haha. and yes that does help. ill just have to call people and up the prices! thanks a lot
  6. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Yeah I do the same thing.....i'm starting to get in the habit of saying de-icer instead of salt. As soon as people hear salt, they think concrete pitting, burned grass, etc. :D
  7. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    WOW! I charge $20.00 per 40KG bag of salt and $30 per ice melter with CMA, Ice melter here costs 12.50 per bag. Must be alot different down there
  8. jcesar

    jcesar Senior Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 492

    50 lbs of de icer = 15.00 applied
  9. polarplowing

    polarplowing Member
    Messages: 59

    In Grand Forks I pay $7.50 per bag of Road Crew icemelter mix (calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and a few others, just can't remember) And I charge $18.00 per bag, with no complaints.
  10. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    those of us who charge by the bag will never be able to compete price wise with those using bulk. that said, charge as much as you can get away with, and hope your customer doesn't get a quote from a bulk guy. It is this reason that I went to automatic salting with all commercial customers, this way the price is melted into the plowing price.
  11. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    I plan on raising my rate next year. The product is about $10.00 per bag, thats buying a pallet at a time. I buy 3 pallets before each season. My supplier told me the cost per bag will probably go up next year...:rolleyes:
  12. Scottscape

    Scottscape Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    try to figure 30cents per lb applied. material included
  13. traviswalker007

    traviswalker007 Senior Member
    Messages: 188


    were do you buy salt for 4.95 /50lb bag...im paying 7.99 a bag at menards for rock salt???
  14. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    HOme Depot has rock salt here in Indianapolis for 1.99 rock salt by quikrete.I won't pay more than 3.50 a bag for rock salt ever look around.

  15. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    I just went to my supplier today and got prices on a Western hand controller and checked thier salt prices. They went to #50 (49)bags for $3.98 plus 6% sales tax if you buy a pallet, thats $4.22 per bag or like $206.78 I'd say you guys should shop around
  16. BigTruckNuts

    BigTruckNuts Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Magic Salt works pretty godd, but next time around I think a pallet of quikrete or bulk is what I am goin to use. For the amount I am charging per pound Magic Salt is too expensive.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2006
  17. Greensway

    Greensway Member
    Messages: 97

    Salt pricing

    In December I picked up a pallet of salt & pallet of calcium pellets at the Home Depot for a lot less than what is being discussed in this thread.
    $2.92 salt / $ 10.75 calcium

    Should be able to get it for even less now with them not moving any,,, but then again we are'nt moving any either!!!

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  18. Duracutter

    Duracutter Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 200

    You're right Triple L. No need to give away service for peanuts.

    If you pay $8/bag of 50 lb deicer or whatever price you pay, to make ANY money, you need to triple and a bit more.
    We charge $30/bag for that deicer. Why give it away?????

    Charge to make money. I also charge a travel fee to get there above the cost of the bags. Why give the farm away?