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Open top dumpster for salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by carcrz, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Think something like that would work? My salt supplier is really making my life difficult lately, so I'm thinking this might be a good route. How to do you keep it from rusting out though? & How long will the salt last as long as it's covered really good? Thanks for your suggestions!

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    I would be to worried about it getting hard and then having to hack it out.

    Something like that with side doors maybe would be better.

    Take yourself 4 pallets and make a square.
    Throw a couple of sheets of ply wood on em and nail in corners.
    You could build some cheap sides out of 1/4 inch plywood as well and have one side open to dig it out when needed.
    Could also take a sheet or 2 and use some cheap hinges to make a top on it.

    Maybe cover with a tarp.
    I sure would not go with storing in a steel container and risk having to get in there with a pick ax.

    I have seen some places that have a plastic storage box on their sites they use to store salt in when needed and re-fill after each storm.

    I saw a Home Depot the other day where they just had a pile dumped on the lot and had it covered with a tarp.

    Not sure how that would work out for you as they had a loader on site as well.
  3. Snowguy01

    Snowguy01 Senior Member
    from Erie
    Messages: 141

    I use a open top dumpster before and I loved it I just had the dumpster guys go and load it with 40 tons of salt and then they dropped it to me I used pvc pipes every couple of feet on the top of the dumpster. Then I got a big tarp to cover it down 1/2 of both sides bungee strap the sides . when i needed in I unhooked only the first part of the straps and went in. The further back I got all you do is pull the tarp at the end and it slides over the pvc pipe. It worked great.
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Dump a trailer load on the ground and tarp it with one big tarp and use skids to hold it down. We would even store what we had left over summer on gravel and use it again next year. We now have 2 coverall buildings but that's the way we did it before. It will be fine if you keep it covered.
  5. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Exactly what I was thinking about doing. Main reason is for lack of space for a building or a flat surface to just cover it on the ground.

    How do you keep the dumpster from rusting out? Think I should line it w/ a coating of some sort, or maybe a dumpster liner (kind of like a really big trash bag)?
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    We have a London salter that I bought used in 1990 and it was over 10 years old when I bought it and I still use it for site checks everyday and it has very little rust on it. Make sure the paint is good and fluid film it and it will last 10 years at least, maybe 20 if you do a full clean out in the spring and soak it again in FF.
  7. All_Clear

    All_Clear Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    What about using truck bed type spray on liner, tends to hold up along time and seals pretty good. Just a thought.

    All Clear
  8. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    Rent or buy a roll off freight container

    Those freight container work great open the doors and drive in the bobcat. You can rent from Mobil Mini for $100 a month or buy for pretty cheap. A freind of mine bought a 20 foot container for $1300 delivered. Steel container with a plywood liner.
  9. Lawnscape89

    Lawnscape89 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    Exactly what I was thinking. Several people around here use them, but I have not. I think you can get about 25 tons into a 20' container and maybe the loader, too, but I'm not sure.
  10. snow7899

    snow7899 Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    We use a 30 yard open top roll off. We pick up our sand and then off to pick up the bulk salt. We then mix it in the roll off with the bobcat and store it inside until we run low and do it all over again. We did make a small ramp to get into the roll off.
  11. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Where'd you look to buy one from? When I look in the phone book all I get is rentals. When I look online, all I get are containers.
  12. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    i doubt it was 40ton(40yd maybe but thats still more than 20T) when we demolish buldings or anything of that nature we are restricted to a 15ton load limit because of bridge laws, i figured that roll-off company would not knowingly allow you to put salt in a can
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2007
  13. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    I would look in a few places

    He found his in the Heavy Equipment Trader. He also found some on ebay and craigs list. I have a friend in trucking and he owns a few i will ask him where to get them.:drinkup:
  14. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Never thought about the trader. Thanks for the help! Ebay has 15'ers. Craigslist = no dice.
  15. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    theres a companey around me that stores there salt in one. if i swing by it ill take a pic. we just get a load dumped on the ground and cover with a tarp. i guess its more for lack of space bec they have it in grass.
  16. laker

    laker Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    there is a place in springfield,missouri that sells and leases those oversea containers.
  17. All_Clear

    All_Clear Senior Member
    Messages: 206

  18. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I've got prices on shipping containers. It's the open-tops that are VERY hard to come by.