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Mafia Blocks,Bunker blocks

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by IA snoman, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. IA snoman

    IA snoman Senior Member
    from Ia
    Messages: 153

    Can anybody tell me where I can find new or used blocks for a salt bin? I am also curious how much they might cost. I am in central Iowa. Finally how much do they weigh and how do you guys move/stack them?
  2. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Call your local concrete yard, that's where we got ours. You should shop around though, I got one price for $90 for a 6' block and another for $50. I had ours delivered and they set them where I wanted them, so we didn't have to wory about moving them.

    Make sure if you are going this route, that you get them now so they have time to "cure". I ordered ours last fall and the salt ate through a few of them.

  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    There is no Mafia. It was a figment of RFK imagination designed as a political forum to attack a minority group. These terms are not acceptable in today's Politically Correct society.:rolleyes:

    Your local burial vault maker might have them also.
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    What Bossman said. I heard they are $30 around here, delivered. Never thought about letting them cure. What do you guys use for the "floor" I was thinking of putting in a couple of inches of concrete, quick and nasty.
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    concrete works but we've dropped them on blacktop as well.
  6. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    I would put them on concrete, at least 4 inches think, that will hold the weight. Paid 35 for the blocks in northern ny
  7. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    I would love to find them for $30. I am actually getting ready to order another load to stack them 1 more high, then put up a Tractor Supply RV shelter.

    As far as a floor goes what would work better asphalt or concrete? We stored the salt on the gravel last year with no problems, but planning to asphalt before winter.

  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Concrete :nod:
  9. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Go with concrete, Trust me
  10. Cat Man 77

    Cat Man 77 Member
    Messages: 69

    we did one of these bins poured 8 inches of concrete as a floor and have the blocks stacked 6 high. there are guys in my area selling 6 foot blocks for $25 plus delivery and we had to set them all up
  11. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    Concrete! If not a chunk of asphalt on a spreader conveyor is an expensive repair and you better have buck ups! Speaking from experience (we put screens back on spreaders after this)!
  12. kimber

    kimber Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 140


    I used to work for a ready mix producer...I don't think they are $30/block...call Osborne Medina...they make them and sell alot of them. If you let me know your company name, I can call the GM and let him know you are looking. Their # is 330-723-0015. (I worked for the company in another location for 12 yrs)
  13. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Ok looked back at some old records and found the following

    4' long mafia block- $35.00 plus tax
    6' long mafia block- $55.00 plus tax

    Those are new york prices, not delivered.

    Also you are more likely to chip off a big chunk of pavement than concrete to get it into you spreader if it was poured right and you bought the right psi concrete, but it also depends on if you have a top screen on your spreader and what kind of machine operator you are on the floor of your salt shed, Concrete takes more abuse over pavement:gunsfiring:!!!!!
  14. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Kimber, that sounds great, I will call them today. By the way do you still have any salt for sale? We are looking for about 100 tons. I need to concrete the floor and add the top, but would like to buy now and take delivery later.

    Thanks Bossman