Ice melt questions

captjack

Member
Location
Annapolis MD
What are the benefits of calcium over mag in flake form?

What are the benefits of pellets over flake?

Has anybody compared actual application rates to manufactures recomended application rate?


thanks,
jack
 

Irrigation

Junior Member
Location
Dayton. OH
I can't answer either of the first two questions, but I have done very extensive calculations on rates, costs and so on. I'll e mail you with the info
 

Irrigation

Junior Member
Location
Dayton. OH
Here are the numbers, now realize that these are only the more popular products and these prices and rates were derived from each individual manufacturer.

Ice Ban Ultra M/ $4.95/ gallon - treats 2000 sq. ft.

Urea/ $6.44/ 50lbs. - treats 1000 sq. ft.

Potassium Chloride/ $6.95/ 50 lbs. - treats 910 sq. ft.

Lesco Melt/ $8.95/ 50 lbs. - treats 1800 sq. ft.

Calcium Chloride/ $9.95/ 50 lbs. - treats 1800 sq. ft.



COST PER 1000 SQ. FT. BASED ON ABOVE PRICES AND RATES

Ice Ban Ultra M - $2.48

Lesco Melt - $4.97

Calcium - $5.52

Urea - $6.44

Potassium - $7.70
 

rick barnes

Member
Location
rushville,in
Irrigation ;

Thanks for the numbers , I had startd to do this, now I don"t have to.:)

Have been looking & talking about Iceban. getting closer to changing over from salt. It's almost a challange to get some of my accts. to let me salt. Just this AM we got a new acct. because we offered them a liquid de-icer, rather than salt.

The wife wants me to use it around here too, says she's tired of me killing her plants along the drive.:D

Just maybe we will have a chance to test it out this next week

Again THANKS for you information

Rick


READY TO PYOW
 

bridges

Junior Member
Location
RI
And where do we get this liquid de-icer. Do you think we could spray it on the sand that is on our sander, so they don't frez
 

Mike Nelson

Senior Member
Location
Naperville IL
Bridges,
Welcome to Plowsite.
I see you didn't fill out your location,so I don't know where you are.Please feel free to call our office and I will be happy to discuss deicing with you. :)
Thank You
 

bam

Senior Member
Location
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We have good results with magnesium and calcium. The past two seasons we have used calcium choride pellets for all walkways.

We only use pellets, I don't think the flakes are effective.

And while it may look good on paper for coverage sq ft. think realistically. Our guys take a scoop or a lesco 80lb spreader and go to town. We continually apply at our 24/7 commercial sites, until its bare ground, so whatever is cheap and effective is good for us and our clients.

I think the calcium cost us around $9/50lbs this year and $3.60/50lbs rock salt.
 

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