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question on bagged salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by rev600, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. rev600

    rev600 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    can anyone tell me the average price on a 50lbs bag of salt. and what to charge per bag.
    Erie pa.......
  2. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I use to pay around $4 per bag, and charged a little over $14 per bag applied
  3. plowmanben

    plowmanben Member
    from MI
    Messages: 95

    That's about what I do too.
  4. rev600

    rev600 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    thanks guys
  5. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Pricing salt

    Before deciding on deicing prices, ask yourself if you are charging a truck charge as well or are you charging enough for the salt to cover the material, equipment and labor when not plowing? It's not wrong or right either way. But figure out what it's costing you to make the application, add margin and make a fair profit. Remember, in this business we are selling security and peace of mind. Not ice melters.

    Know why you charge what you charge. We can help if you are not sure.
  6. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    In that ball park. I charge around $.25perLB.
  7. studebaker48

    studebaker48 Member
    Messages: 53

    too cheap i have talk to salt yard and bagging places they are talking about $4.50- 5.25 a bag for 50lbs $14.00 a bag i was charging that in 2003 you need to be at $17.00-$18.00 a bag like Wayne Volz said figure out profit and cost
  8. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    If you want to win a job you must consider that bagged is more expensive.

    You take 1 ton of bagged is 40 bags at $4 a bag your cost ( maybe more ); That's $160

    You take 1 ton of bulk salt and your cost is about $70.

    You need to keep in mind to be competitive with bagged you must lower your idea of profit. At $14 a bag applied rate that's $560 bucks. Same with bulk might be $250.
  9. wisecp

    wisecp Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I'm new to the snow removal business. What kind of coverage can I expect from a 40# bag of salt?
  10. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    You will be safe at 20lb per K.

    DODGE-BOY Senior Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 121

    Should be buying 80# bags for that money but once again the salt mfgs are robbing people. They have all now stopped producing 80's which is convenient for them and they can charge more per pound with 50's. As an average the bagged prices are all still the same or higher than last year which was a disaster.