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rock-salt question?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Scenic Lawnscape, Nov 29, 2003.

  1. Scenic Lawnscape

    Scenic Lawnscape Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    Is there a difference in just plain old rock-salt? I just bought a ton from home depot because i was there and had my trailer with me. it was $2.97 a bag 50# i read some where that mortons wanst that good, thats why i thought of this question. and no its not mortons i bought some brand with the name scott in it
  2. tovoninc

    tovoninc Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    Your grammer and/or typo's make some of your post a mystery but I'll contribute as best I can. Please read your post before submitting.

    I know of no difference between rock salts. There is rock salt with other components (Magic Salt for example) that make a better product. Of course there are other salt melting chemicals besides calcium chloride (rock salt). A retail outlet is the most expensive place to buy deicing materials, next time check the wholesale locations...it is worth a phone call and an extra trip.
  3. DadnSon

    DadnSon Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Plain old rock salt is exactly what it is....plain. It is straight Sodium Chloride with no blends.

    If your ever in the Redford area and need to restock up on bagged rock salt then, send me an email and I'll give you the company name.
    I just bought 2 pallets of 80# bags (30 a pallet) for $3.80 each ($114.00 a pallet).

    If you prefer 50# bags then, the cost is $2.70 ea. w/ 49 a pallet.
    I found this company to be the least expensive after calling about a dozen suppliers.

    They also are the cheapest for a brand called Tiger Melt which has Sodium/ Potassium Chloride for walks.
    56 on a pallet for $260.40 ($4.65 ea)

    Good luck!
  4. parrothead

    parrothead Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    sodium chloride

    rock salt is sodium chloride(naCl) not calcium chloridel
  5. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    And to add to the above comments, Water softener salt, Halite, Mortons, Scotts and the no-name brand are all the same stuff. Once during a salt shortage I bought water softener pellets, on sale for less than $2 per 50 lb bag. Other than the fact that the pellets were larger than normal "rock" salt, it worked fine.

    Remers, you're paying about $140 per ton at those prices. Around here, bulk rock salt is $50 per ton. Of course then you must have a place to store it........
  6. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    One other thing to remember about the difference between water softener salt and de-icing salt is that water softener salt is clean so it can be injested. Road salt is very dirty. At the Morton plant here in Chicago, they keep the road salt outside, usually in barges in the river. They keep the softener salt in enclosed bins.
  7. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    You guy's get some good prices. I pay about $4.10 per 50lb bag from Jersey Chemical in Paterson for Mortons by the pallet or about $5 per 50lb bag of rock salt at Loews/Home Depot. Any body know any cheaper places in Bergen/Hudson Counties in New Jersey?
  8. Playboy

    Playboy Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Since this is an old post and it's the only one i saw i wanted to get current opinions on Mortons water softener. It's just over $3. at Walmart for a 50# bag. Is it worth it? Where would be a good place to use it? Gravel drive ways?
  9. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    rock salt also has rocks in it to help aid in traction and friction to help it work better
  10. can water softener salt be used in a tailgate spreader? or is it to large?