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Melting vs. Traction

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by SWC, Dec 25, 2003.

  1. SWC

    SWC Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 134

    I'm not sure how they do it elsewhere, but around here the state trucks use a mixture of salt and gravel that they spread as they scrape the roads.

    It does a pretty good job of melting the snow and ice, and also provides good traction when the temps are too low for salt to be effective.

    I've also seen this method used on parking lots, and it makes them easier to walk on.

    It seems that mixing your salt with gravel would increase traction, and cut down the cost of materials as well.

    Do you use a mixture of salt & gravel, or just straight salt?

    If you mix gravel with your salt; What salt to gravel ratio do you use?
  2. neversatisfied

    neversatisfied Member
    from ct
    Messages: 73

    We run both,straight salt and a mix.The mix is salt and sand,no rocks in it.I make it 7 yards of sand to one yard of salt.
  3. gene gls

    gene gls PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 481

    My supplier uses a 5 to 1 mix, 5 yards of sand and 1 yard of salt.