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How to store ice melt on site?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by HotMountain, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. HotMountain

    HotMountain Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    We are a residential operation. I was thinking rather than carrying the icemelt around why not have some form of a storage bin/box at the clients property which will be storing the ice melt. This way applications are easy and fast without handling bags each time.

    My question is: Is anyone doing this kind of thing and do the bins need to be airtight to prevent clumping of ice melt? Or would a simple plastic box with lid from a hardware store do?

    All input greatly appreciated.
  2. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    why would you leave expensive material all over the place for others to use? how many bags do you use per storm? palletize it and load all with forks at 1 time....it will be easier to know how much you have on hand....
  3. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    That is a terrible idea for many reasons. What will keep the client from using it on their own or sharing it with neighbors? It will take longer to keep refilling the containers. Then there is the cost, storage and maintanence of said containers.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2012
  4. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Don't forget, salt is a great ballast. If you take it all out of your trucks, then your going to have to put something else in to take it's place. I also agree with the other posts. Why leave your product in a bin on-site, to allow others to use as they see fit, instead of you the professional applying it, and getting paid for it. Last comment, look into the costs of containers for each property. Even small rubbermaid totes costs 6 bucks a piece, and the costs go up from there.
  5. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Sell bags to you customers, just be the delivery service so they don't have to carry heavy bags of ice melter. But don't ever consider leaving it for free unless you want it all to disappear.
  6. HotMountain

    HotMountain Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks everyone for feedback and suggestions. Very much appreciated. Instead I'm thinking carrying it in a proper box on the truck.