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Mag Chloride

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by snowlover4u2, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. snowlover4u2

    snowlover4u2 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I am considering buying Mag Chloride and trying it out for the winter here in VA. I was trying to find out if anyone knew if you had to have a pesticide license or any special license to use or transport it?

    Also trying to find out what the difference between putting that and regular salt down?

  2. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Good Question

    You will get many suggestions on this site. Personally, I think you are making a good choice.

    Let Magnesium chloride be a tool in your tool box. Different conditions require different tactics. A few nice things about Mag. is the lower use-rates per 1,000 square feet, it has a short term heat release upon the beginning of melting process and it works more efficiently at colder temperatures that sodium chloride.

    We offer a snow & ice management manual that covers this and other ice melters in detail. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. Thanks and have a great year.
  3. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    Mag pellets are an expensive alternative to rock salt, however mixing the two will allow lower melting temps and faster melting. Rock salt is popular because it works and it's cheap. Mag has also been shown to chemically attack concrete, whereas rock salt doesn't. As the previous poster said, it's a tool to have in your tool box, but I wouldn't plan on switching entirely from rock salt to mag unless money is no object.
  4. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    You are Correct...The Portland Cement Association has done studys on this....Mag is Aggressive towards concrete...Salt is Not....I guess Mag has some Anger issues..:realmad:
  5. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    Or maybe it's hungry! :drinkup:
  6. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Check out mags corosivness to copper & aluminum. We had used salt treated with mag, my flatbed has had nothing but wiring issues since the first year on lights, on the flatbed it self, don't know if its from the mag. There is a reason the DOT out west have remove it from many specs I'm sure.
  7. snowlover4u2

    snowlover4u2 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    So you would say mix the mag with rock salt. What percentage of each? Also would you put it on a rear spreader for the truck or for the tractor?
  8. ChlorideGuy

    ChlorideGuy Member
    Messages: 77

    give ed a call instead of using mag why not give our brine a try 877 3 4BRINE
  9. Keith Griffin

    Keith Griffin Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    How much bag salt is used per square ft of sidewalk? Anyone please?
  10. bharkness

    bharkness Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Why don't you try some mineral well brine it's a lot less cost and works 800-2867312

  11. Schoenberg Salt

    Schoenberg Salt Member
    Messages: 83

    Every property has their certain needs and certain challenges. If you go to the extremes, there are non-corrosive deicers approved by the FAA which are expensive and there materials like CMA which the manufactures rate as being ok to use on concrete cured atleast 1 month (while others would not recommend any deicer be used before the 1st year). If you are looking for MAG please give us a call, if you are looking for something else... we sell most deicers on the market and can help you decided what is the best fit for you.