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Is this Clearlane or did I get screwed? how to tell?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by 2011F250Lariat, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. 2011F250Lariat

    2011F250Lariat Sponsor
    Messages: 146

    Ok so I have always used bagged rock salt untill now, have more accounts this year and can save some money by buying bulk so I decided to get it form a place close to me as I knew I can talk them into delivering only 3 tons to me since I am within 5 miles. They gave me a price of $90 per ton delivered to my driveway. This is in Chicago's northwest suburbs. I don't have room for more nor did I want to risk getting more incase I dont like the product, I figured 3 tons is a good start to check it out.

    This is what I got, and here is what my initial reaction is:

    1. It is NOT green like I read on here it should be. Its light brown color.
    2. It is extremely fine, I understand that bulk is finer then bagged, but it seems extremely fine, such that I am thinking I will use MORE of this product rather then less, compared to bagged rock salt.
    3. It doesnt look like I got an actual 3 tons either, but still working on the weight.
    4. I tasted it out of curiosity, tastesd like regular rock salt to me, but then again i never tasted a treated product, and I am not sure this is an effective way to tell either. What if its mixed and some rocks are treated and others not.

    Please look at the pictures and let me know what you think, I need some advice before I call the company I got it from with my complaints on monday.





  2. 2011F250Lariat

    2011F250Lariat Sponsor
    Messages: 146

    A few more pics.


  3. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,891

    That isn't clearlane... Sorry
  4. turfmasters

    turfmasters Member
    Messages: 96

    Yep,you got taken.Clearlane is always green with liquid mag added.The green dye is so you can see where you are spreading it.The liquid mag is clear.
  5. agurdo17

    agurdo17 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    looks pretty sticky to.
  6. turfmasters

    turfmasters Member
    Messages: 96

    For many years I used Clear Lane and just loved the way it performed.However alot of the companies and sites that I deal with want to be GREEN friendly,so I switched to International Salt Company and use a product called Ice-B-Gone which has Beat Juice and Molases in it.It works really,really good.The Beat Juice brings the freeze temps down because of the sugar in it and the Molases which has natural sugar in it does the same but at a lower freeze point and it sticks to the road surface when you spread it.Smells good too!
  7. turfmasters

    turfmasters Member
    Messages: 96

    Sorry,the correct spelling should have been beet not beat.
  8. Lugnut

    Lugnut Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Put up a picture from farther away so we can see the size of the pile to chime in on its weight.

    I agree thats no clearlane that i've ever seen before
  9. 2011F250Lariat

    2011F250Lariat Sponsor
    Messages: 146

    thanks for the input guys, any chance this is thundermelt instead, isnt that stuff brown?

    As for the weight I will know what it is exactly tommorrow.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2011
  10. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,891

    doesn't matter what it is, it isn't Clearlane. Tell the scammers to get it off your property!
  11. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    negative on the clearlane.give them a call.
  12. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    Agreed, it not a clearlane. It wouldn't have any clumps in it if it was clearlane, not to mention the color. Tell them to come pick it up and give you a refund. Or keep it and the bring you real clearlane for free
  13. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 634

    It is thundermelt. Ran it last year. It is a damn mess to use.
  14. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

  15. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    That product looks like it has gotten wet a few times. We have had Clearlane stored in bulk, when it get's wet it looses all it's green. Also once you spread it the green goes away really quick. We have been accused of spreading white salt when we actually put down Clearlane.

    I don't really know how you guys can tell that isn't Clearlane for sure but it does look like crap.
  16. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    If it is clearlane ans it got wet, then the additive has been washed out. I use snow slicer and the additive that is colored purple activates first then the salt kicks in.
  17. SnowGuy

    SnowGuy Senior Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 201

    Looks awfully fine to spread very well.
  18. 2011F250Lariat

    2011F250Lariat Sponsor
    Messages: 146

    Weight checks out, but product definately does not, we'll see what happens when i contact them tommorrow. I am very close to posting their info so that others don't get taken by this company.
  19. newhere

    newhere PlowSite.com Addict
    from Fenton
    Messages: 1,288

    wana hear what happens......
  20. havenlax18

    havenlax18 Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    I am in the same situation as you... except they didn't deliver me anything I did not want. This year I am running thunder-melt. I am purchasing bulk for about 80 a ton. Its not THAT bad IMO. All I know is that it is cheap. Though I recommend tarping the salt over so it does not freeze up on you.