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Know of any SALT distributors?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by PGHplowguy, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. PGHplowguy

    PGHplowguy Senior Member
    Messages: 102


    I am getting my own lot to hold salt and load it myself this year. Does anybody know of any salt distributors that would deliver tri-axle loads to western PA? If so can you list their name and number. If you use them, how good are they? Do they deliver on time with no problems?....etc... Also, what did you pay per ton? Thanks.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  3. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    salt etc.

    About your salt issues.

    It all depends on you as far as your ability to buy and pay cash
    at the scale house,which is the fastest way to get loads as you are
    going to be a small volume customer.

    Depending on how soon you can have your dry storage area
    you can buy Halite for your operation anytime.

    A lot of Halite comes to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania by barge and
    or rail depending upon the supplier and the contractor is that is
    managing the stockpile if any.

    The issues include and are not limited to:

    a. zoning
    b. proximity of residential housing
    c. noise abatement regulations within the township
    with regard to hours of operation, and light pollution from
    trucks and light poles.

    Having an elevated silo filled with a pneumatic tanker
    and unloaded with a manual clamshell gate eliminates
    all these issues as the silo will be filled during the day
    and you can recieve a trailer load as you are paying
    by the ton with no discounts.

    You will need room enough to turn vehicles around to dump
    loads with clear line of sight for the drivers and lighting if all

    The other issue is adequate containement/elimination of
    salt water run off which is solved with a large covered
    storage area.

    If you do not have adequate salt water run off control measures
    you will be unfortunate enough to have a visit from the Pennsylvania
    Dept of Environmental Protection.

    The elevated silo solves most of these issues as the
    silo is pedestal mounted, can be filled by the pneumatic
    tanker with adequate prepartion- space limitations
    may require you to purchase additional hose to connect to
    the silo fill pipe with the trailers delivery piping.

    As long as you maintain the silo by painting it and cleaning any
    spillage after loading as well as washing and painting the exterior
    and roof to remove salt dust when the season is over it will serve you well.

    Do you intend to use sand in your operation? you will need much less salt
    on an annual basis?

    You need to do your research and examine the Salt Institute web site to find a
    supplier for bulk and proceed from there.

    Just remember you can store all the sand you can use with no environmental issues
    and it will cost 1/5 to 1/8 as much as Halite.:waving:
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Leon,how did you get all that from the op?
    I subscribe to the it's only illegal if you
    get caught theory.
  5. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    and how well did that serve you with your trailer recently, lol, you got lucky that the DOT dude wasn't a @ssh0le
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    See.:D ,it works.
  7. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    salt etc.

    Will it even be safe for us to have lunch some time;
    if I sell you the last lawn mower you will ever need?:laughing::yow!::waving:
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    sure,you offered me a brake light warranty on the mower.
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I was going through yesterday mail and got a letter from North American Salt Co.
    They want to supply all my salt needs for this winter.
  10. 3311

    3311 Senior Member
    Messages: 332