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how much salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by royals30, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. royals30

    royals30 Junior Member
    from MO
    Messages: 11

    my business is growing and I've just been asked to bid a 5 acre lot to plow and salt. nothing to it, pretty straight forward, no obsticles other than light posts. how long would it take to plow and how much salt should i apply per acre?
  2. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    Need to know what equipment you have . And for salt do a search . You will get all different amounts.

    With my equipment. Two trucks 2 hours Maybe less ,Maybe more. Depending what the trigger was. I would use depending on the storm maybe 3 1/2 to 4 yards of salt.
  3. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    1600 pounds per acre of salt? Damn.

    We bid for 750 pounds per acre, but our average usage is below that. Worst case I'd figure 5000 pounds to cover the whole lot.

    5 acre lot, wide open with no light poles, on a 2 inch snow I'd bid for 3.3 hours. In all reality the lot would be clear in about 2.5 with just a front blade. That's 8' with wings, 10' total v plow. I do a 5.8 acre lot with angle islands, over a dozen poles and handicapped signs to work around, and stupid employees, in and out from start to finish in 1.4 hours.
  4. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    Oops Sorry My math was way off on that one . :D :drinkup:
  5. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    30min an acre for open lots with a 8-8.5 blade with wings is a safe number to use up to about 4" per truck. One thing to remember the deeper the snow the bigger your windrows will be and you'll have to make a couple pushes with the blade being straight or scooped (if a V) to push the windrows to the pile. Also the more snow the more stacking is required which equals more time too.

    Being in Mo your salt usage will probably be less per acre than the guys in the north due to temps and it also depends on the customers expectations. It can differ from 600-750# per acre.