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salt price

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by stealthplowing, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. stealthplowing

    stealthplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I have been running solar salt from car-gill this year getting it by the pallet for $3.75 a bag. It comes 63-40lb bags a pallet. everybody says a de icing salt or rock salt is a lot cheaper. But everything else i find around here and on line is $6-$12 a bag. the solar salt seems to be working great. I have a Boss vbx8000 and it flows really nice in that. Anybody else run solar salt "water softener" salt?? I talked to Car-gill and they said that it can be used as a de icing salt... just wondering about the above thanks for any input!!
  2. MC94XR7

    MC94XR7 Senior Member
    from GTA
    Messages: 165

    I'm 'scibing to this thread
  3. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Our rock salt is 6$ 50lb bag here in nj
  4. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth Senior Member
    Messages: 296


    My 50# bag cost went up from $6.97 to $8.97 this year. That's $100 on a pallet of 50. I raised my price $3/ bag. Around here most of the softener salt is big pellets
  5. artisanoutdoors

    artisanoutdoors Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I actually tried some solar salt yesterday for the first time. It works but compared to the ice melt I usually use it is so slow melting. I guess a small benefit to that is it does stay on the ground for a long time. I will be sticking with my thawmaster most likely.
  6. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I knew a guy who bought up the entire stock at a Lowes a few years ago during a "salt shortage" and he said it worked fine and he ran it through a Fisher 1000. Around here regular Morton rock salt is going for around $6.00 / 50lb bag.
  7. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 259

    We also ran solar salt during the salt shortage few seasons back, as for melting it works just the same as regular rock salt. Depending on temps we would mix some CaCl with the solar salt to make it more effective.
  8. spiviter

    spiviter Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 74

    I use solar salt all the time. Better quality then bulk salt put in bags and called ice melt.... I like the smaller crystals ( faster to brine ) and when its too cold I mix 20% calcium with it. I never buy blends.
  9. stealthplowing

    stealthplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Thanks for the info everybody!!!!
  10. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    So you're pouring bagged salt into a V box? That sounds like it would take forever and be back breaking.
  11. stealthplowing

    stealthplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    yes i am for rite now. i just got into doing the de icing and i don't have an area i can store bulk salt yet. After a slow winter this winter im not sure next year i will either. been slow goin
  12. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    Dang man vbx8000 with bags...
    How much salt you putting down in a day/night?
  13. stealthplowing

    stealthplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    To do a days worth is about a hopper full on average. some days i will go through two hoppers worth. can be a pain but all i can do for starters rite now. Was hoping next summer to get a salt bin made but not making a lot of extra money this winter with it being slow.
  14. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,722

    Is there a place you can buy bulk by the ton? Even with the small amount it has to be cheaper than bags. Plus think about the time you would save from just driving up compared to loading bags. I complain when I have to load 40 for my sidewalk crew!
  15. stealthplowing

    stealthplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Not around here. There are only three of us with spreaders in the area. thats why i bought mine. was tired of having somebody else do it. only one of em has bulk salt but he wont part with any of it. And the other one only spreads sand.
  16. JackofallTrade$

    JackofallTrade$ Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I'm a newbie/lurker but here's my 2 cents.
    I should've taken a picture of the salt sitting on the ice tonight. White solar salt only melts down to 18 degrees. So it's ok but realize it's slower and ineffective in cold situations.
    Water softner salt is the cheap stuff everyone uses so it works. I live where Morton makes a majority of their solar salt so I can get it for $17/ton but I opted for more expensive "Ice Slicer" since its more like an expensive ice melt and melts down to 0 degrees. Also its red so its a little easier to see which is nice. It's $55/ ton. There's a more inconsistent roads salt they sell for $35/ ton.
    Way cheaper than the bags I had been using but it was a 6 hour drive round trip to get this kind specifically.

    Its my first year salting a lot and so I'm using snowex push spreaders that hold 150 lbs each. Big bin of the ice slicer in the truck and some buckets get the job done. I wish I had a loader of some kind, but shoveling it out of the back of my dump trailer into the bin in the truck will have to do for now. Lots cheaper than bags like I did the first half the season, about as difficult as wrestling bags.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2016
  17. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    Wait a minute.....You're telling me that you can get salt for 17.00 dollars a ton???? Where exactly do you live?
  18. JackofallTrade$

    JackofallTrade$ Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Just outside of SALT LAKE City, UT Haha

    So much bounty out here in God's country :) funny thing is customers still complain about the price.
    So I actually ended up getting some different more expensive salt that appears to be better that I started a new thread on since I'm interested what people think.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2016
  19. mr.lawn works

    mr.lawn works Member
    Messages: 40

    What's is the thread?
  20. JackofallTrade$

    JackofallTrade$ Junior Member
    Messages: 5