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Salt conversion????

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by ceaman, Mar 30, 2002.

  1. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    What is the conversion factor between how much salt is in a ton and how much is in a yard?

    1 yard of salt =__.___Ton?
  2. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    The Salt Institute says a cubic yard of rock salt weighs 2160 lbs.
  3. Lawn Lad

    Lawn Lad Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I don't suppose it would throw the number too much, but does it depend on how fine the salt is? I would suppose that the more coarse the material, it would weigh less per yard since there would be more air space by volume. Kind of like buying stone. Or are we just best off assuming about 2200 lbs per yard?
  4. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317


    It is typical to assume rock salt weighs about a ton a yard. This doesn't account for the moisture content, or the size of the granules. Especially in bulk, you get a variety of granule sizes from dust to...?

    The figures below are according to my Pocket Ref

    I know this just confuses things even more........


  5. stslawncare

    stslawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    another quality post by chuck smith, that chart will come in handy some day for me. thanks
  6. Lawn Lad

    Lawn Lad Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Chuck - though I didn't ask, I certanly appreciate the data on the angle of repose. Now I can figure out all my formulas - as this has been the missing link! Thanks.
  7. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    I LOVE this place!
    The best answers... fast.
    Thanks Chuck...
    Alan.... I went to Salt Institute and couldn't find that..
    Good Hunting.
  8. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    I had to search a while, I think I found it in a section on storage facilities. Buried a ways down but it's there.
  9. woodacres

    woodacres Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    One yard of salt is approx. 1.4 tons
  10. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    One addition thing to add is water content. Sometimes our salt is bone dry sometimes the train can pull up with water almost running out of the back end. Our semi driver said it can be as heavy as 2600# per yard. it suck when you have to pay for water weight!