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how to keep bulk salt from hardening/clumping

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by ibuildcars4u, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. ibuildcars4u

    ibuildcars4u Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 18

    how do you keep bulk salt from hardening/clumping in a tailgate spreader, thank you for your time.:salute:
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2006
  2. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    Mix a small amount of sand with it. Maybe 15% +/-.
  3. Ian

    Ian Member
    Messages: 96

    If it is in a tailgate spreader, you might have better luck with a bagged product instead of bulk. However, are you leaving the salt in the spreader for a long period of time?

    I only put in what I am going to use right away and I always leave it empty.
  4. ibuildcars4u

    ibuildcars4u Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 18

    already have the bulk bought, because of the bigger jobs, Lowe's,etc.., but we have not had snow for a few weeks now in Ohio, mostly rain, but that seems to be it, mix with salt, and try to empty it out, thanks for the info:salute:
  5. ibuildcars4u

    ibuildcars4u Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 18

    thank you for the info, will try a mix to see if it helps, have not had much snow in Ohio in a few weeks, so it has sat there getting hard, thanks again:salute:
  6. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    You need to kep it dry, and covered. If there is moister in the salt the top layer will get a crust on it, most time's it will just break up when you hit it.

    Good Luck Mike
  7. mr.plow 2

    mr.plow 2 Member
    Messages: 43

    where do you live in ohio and also where do you get your bulk salt
  8. kyle volz

    kyle volz Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 33

    The only sure way to keep it from clumping is to spread it out. Don't want to sound like a smart....., but that is the only way.
  9. Dieselman19

    Dieselman19 Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    just a suggestion but get the pile of bulk salt treated. I was having the same problem with my bulk salt because i buy bulk from a local landscaper and i store it in 5 gal. buckets with tops and it was freezing when i went to use it, so i switched and started buying Magic salt, (which wont freeze) but the guy i buy from also offers to people who have bulk pile to come and treat the pile. See if there is someone in your area who does this if you go to Magic's website you can find a distributor, just a suggestion