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How much to charge per bag of salt to spread?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Lasher66, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Lasher66

    Lasher66 Member
    Messages: 82

    Just starting in salting and I am bidding some lots for plow and salting, so I was wondering what are some of the prices you guys are getting for a bag of salt spread. I think the salt around here is going about $3 a 50# bag, so what do you think I should charge for a lot that would take about 10 bags. Thanks

  2. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    I get .30 cents a pound spread.
  3. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I get $14.00 for a 50 lb bag if it's for sidewalks etc...
  4. fulltiltwill

    fulltiltwill Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    spreadin salt

    Here in the G.L.A. you can get 20-25 per 50# bag spread, but most of the salt like glacier melt is more like 7.50-8.00 per bag.
  5. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Are you spreading 5-700lbs per lot at that price?
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    Salt is 12 to 15 dollars a bag here.:eek:
    IF you buy it by the pallet
    it's even more otherwise.

    I have to charge 50 cents a lb just to make 50%.
  7. Stuffdeer

    Stuffdeer Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    Holy crapp.

    6 bucks for a bag in Sams Club here.
  8. cod8825

    cod8825 Member
    Messages: 91

    Are formula is pretty simple we use professional ice melter good product.

    We get are supplies at $5.50 a bag if purchased in a skid so we have a minimum of one skid.

    One bag covers 2500 sq ft at the suggested rate of 3oz per sq yd.
    We want to make 40 dollars per bag so we charge 1.5 cents per sg ft. makes it easy for us

    We have high end commercial accounts with pre treatments that do not want to have customers slipping to get the groceries and movie rentals.:D
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    So just to make sure my math is right, you want $653.40/acre to salt? What's the sq/ft of your average lot?
  10. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 627

    Your formula? We are not treating for grubs, applying herbicide or fertilizer here people. Not trying to bash you, but you better figure out a little bit about snow and ice before giving too much advice. For example, your application rates are going to vary drastically based upon ground temperatures, air temps, thickness of ice, and what product you are using as a de-icer. These are just a few variables. Let's not forget about what speed you are running your spreader combined with truck speed, etc. Lots of variables with ice. Asphalt or cement? Sunny day or overcast? You would be amazed how much quicker it melts on asphalt located in a sunny spot when the temps are around 30 degrees as compared to a cement truck dock without much sunlight. Many, many, many variables. But what do I know? I don't even have a formula.

    As far as the question, $.36 per pound rock salt, and more like $.60 per pound ice melt for the walks. That is what we get for bagged products. Hope it helps.
  11. cod8825

    cod8825 Member
    Messages: 91

    JD Dave,

    When reading the post I believed he was referring to Ice Melt(Calcium Chlorige, Magnesium Chloride) such not Sodium Chloride(rock salt) for spreaders in plow trucks. For plow trucks are costs are $45 per ton of salt and we apply generally at a rate of one tone per acre so we charge $75 dollars per acre one acre minimum.

    Since Lasher is applying ten 50 pound bags I would say he should charge at least 60 dollars twice his cost.

    For us 1.5 cents per sq ft allows us to get are desired rates
  12. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    75 per ton applied? I wish you were closer. Id sub you out to salt my accounts at those prices, and stay in bed.

    You get salt for 45 a ton in Missouri?
  13. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Sounds good, I wish I got 1.5 cents for ice melter and also bought salt for $45/ton.
  14. cod8825

    cod8825 Member
    Messages: 91

    Snowpower first we order 350 tons of salt every year we have eighteen trucks. Fifteen for plowing three for sidewalks. We usually order close to 600 bags or 12 skids of ice melt at 5.50 a bag this year. That is are intial order but this is becuase we decided to buy direct from salt mines.

    Last we were paying 75 a ton for salt and 12 a bag for ice melt. We called a lot of places to get these prices. And sorry we charge 90 an acre to spread I got cost mixed on earlier post.
    Last year we charged 4 cents per square ft.
  15. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Well thats a better rate at 90. I figured youd have to be buying bulk and then some. Thats obvious. Hope you guys in KC have a good year.
  16. tjlands

    tjlands Senior Member
    Messages: 579

  17. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    $45 is cheap. We use between 1200-1500 ton and buy direct and we pay $63.50. Our salt comes in by the boat load, so that why it costs more I guess.
  18. Kason & Riley

    Kason & Riley Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    When I do spread bag salt I charge $25 per bag sidewalks or parking lots. Hope this helps.
  19. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Thats $1000.00 a ton. Now I know you probably use 5 bags a year, but if you extrapolate it out thats pretty high. Keep up the good work. :)
  20. Kason & Riley

    Kason & Riley Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    I know its high . I buy a semi truck load ( 18 pallets ) a year, the majority of what I use is bulk. Workers comp is expensive.