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Rock Salt / Ice Melt ?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by bigboss1977, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. bigboss1977

    bigboss1977 Senior Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 119

    New to the ice management salting what is some good rock salt / ice melt to buy to put through a tailgate spreader. Is there someone online that sells in bulk? Any advice and help would be much appreciated. Thank You.
  2. KYsnow

    KYsnow Member
    Messages: 76

    Rock salt only! Buy it by the 50 pound bag. $5-$7 bucks at most places except the national lumber companies. Contact a lawn, fertilizer, type company most sell salt in the winter. If that dosn't work call a large landscape contractor and ask them where they are buying their bagged product locally.

    You can order it and have it shipped by truck to you but I have always had to purchase the entire truck (18 skids) at a time.The price by the truck is around $4 per bag. There is a difference in the quality by brands. Cargill and Morton by far the best. The off brand names use bulk salt and put it in bags.The off brands call the bags 50 pounds but I bet there's not even 45 pounds in most.

    You will not sign any customers up charging the price you will need to if you use other ice melting product besides salt on a parking lot.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  3. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Ice melter choices

    If your tailgate spreader is gravity fed without an auger bulk salt will cause you problems going through the spreader.

    Bagged Halite will be your best bet going through a tailgate spreader. Using bagged material you can blend ice melter with rock salt to work at colder temps, and melt more efficiently.

    You can charge for the blend and make more money, melt snow faster, and help with refreeze protection, Knowledge and educating your client as to why you can melt faster and more efficiently is a value added service over your competitor. We've been selling it that way for over 30 years.

    Have a great year.
  4. bigboss1977

    bigboss1977 Senior Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 119

    Thanks for the tips :) You have a good year as well.