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Salt box

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by sectlandscaping, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. sectlandscaping

    sectlandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    I'm trying to fix two problems with one solution.

    Problem number 1 is keeping salt in back of truck dry.
    Problem number 2 is storing left over salt for next season.

    I tried tarps but that doesn work well. I tried totes but they break easily and dont hold a lot.

    Im set on making a salt box that goes in the bed of my truck. Something either 4x4x2 or 1x7x1. Both could be made with 2 pieces of plywood and some 2x4's. I would put a hinges on the top to open and close. This would have a side benefit of eliminating salt in the back of the bed.

    It will only carry 1 yard of salt but thats usually what I have laying around after a season. I have tailgate spreaders that carry 700# and 1000#.
  2. Jdkid

    Jdkid Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Get some plywood and 2x4s and make a box.
  3. Spool it up

    Spool it up Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    sounds like your a bagged type of application driven business. buy as you go if possible , tarp a fresh skid on hand for them late nite surprizes .
  4. chevyman51

    chevyman51 Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    We build a box on top of a skid so it can be picked up with a forklift still. You just need a good skid some plywood and 2x4 the salt stays dry.
  5. sectlandscaping

    sectlandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    No, I'm buying bulk salt. I only buy a little under 2 tons at a time. I have it just dropped in the bed. I keep enough to refill the spreaders and go back. The problem is if I leave the left over in the bed it always is wet. The spreaders are covered so thats not a problem.

    I tried to reuse my leftovers from last years and it was just mud. Even with 2 tarps on it the water soaked it.

    I was just curious to what others do. I seen the salt tents for people that are buying 20 tons at a time but nothing for smaller ops.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2013
  6. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    why not get a few of these? http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200377215_200377215

    or one of the big Jobsite boxes I see some guys have in the bed of their trucks, spray on bedliner the inside and I bet that would keep everything dry and allow you to carry alot. But they are expensive. I have thought about the plywood box idea myself to store a rock/salt mix to use, but have limited room with the blowers in the bed of my truck.
  7. pbones27

    pbones27 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I was going to build the same type of box for my truck. To cover it I found a guy on craigslist getting rid of an old hard tonneau cover. It had three panels that keeps folding back, now if only I would stop drinking beer and get to work
  8. Triton2286

    Triton2286 Senior Member
    Messages: 653

  9. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Just use a poly skid tank, most mulch places sell them for $50-100. Cut the frame and weld a support around it, make a plywood lid for it, and you have a forklift compatible skid that is plastic lined, and keeps stuff dry.
  10. Spool it up

    Spool it up Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    ahh , salt will always be damp unless stored indoors .
    it will absorb / retain any damp or rainy day water outside even when tarped.
    salt also works faster when wet / damp if you've noticed .
    thats why there are calcium spray systems wetting the salt as its being discharged onto spinner .

    use a vibrator with an anti-bridging plate above the auger as sno-ex does . it comes out
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  11. pbones27

    pbones27 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    A vibrator was the best investment Ive made for salt