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Is This Salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by weasel11, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. weasel11

    weasel11 Member
    from 5
    Messages: 59

    I just wanted to know if Morton's Water Softner Pellets is the same as salt. I thought that I heard it was but not sure. The reason I ask is one of my renters moved out and left 2 pallets behind. Looks like 50lb bags about 90-100 of them and thought I could use them to salt my asphalt lots. I appreciate the info
  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I think it would melt snow but the pellets might be a little dangerous to walk on.
  3. rawdog

    rawdog Senior Member
    from Cape MA
    Messages: 124

    yes.. as long as it says sodium...just might have some different composition percentages. when i was 16 i worked for a place that sold it and thats what they threw out on the sidewalk in between the contractor visits during storms..and after refreezes in the morning..

    just keep in mind because of the size it may eat up the surface quicker and if you get any on grass you might have an issue in the spring.

    just make sure it isn't just potassium... don't think that would work...but then again i've never tried lol
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    No better salt than free salt
  5. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    softener pellets

    It is evaporated table salt and - you would be money ahead and would get a lot of rock salt trading it for rock salt or one of the "safety salt" brands like magic salt etc. value for value as it is more valuable to a retailer than rock salt as it is a not a seasonal salt for them as softener salt is used year round.

    The other thing it you will not need as much so sand and the pellets mixed together will go a huge distance in coverage for your useage

    So its a case of barter swap or not either way you win and the really fine sand that is sold in valve pack or sewn bags will go a long way too as it is kiln dried and sterilized prior to packaging-at least the "Sakrete" brand of bagged sand is steam sterilized so you can count on their quality and product size <40 mesh sand screenings.

  6. gottaluvplows

    gottaluvplows Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    Ok try a bag on your driveway/sidewalk then if you dont like it. Sell it on Ebaypayup (prob. sells big) or ask the local costco if they will buy it off you.payup