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Salt/sand pricing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DaveO, Jan 2, 2001.

  1. DaveO

    DaveO PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Ma.
    Messages: 299

    I have a small commercial account that sometimes requires salt/sand applied. The lot is mostly shaded by trees, so the sun doesn't melt much. I am really not set up to provide this service as of now, only have a small tailgate spreader(salt only), that breaks more than it works.

    How much would you charge to salt/sand a 250x100' lot? I am trying to decide whether to "sub" it out, or buy equipment to do it myself.

  2. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    I charge $0.20 a pound for Rocksalt applied. I have a tailgate spreader and I pay $0.065 per pound in 80lb bags. I would just salt with the spreader and get a few bags of sand and hurl it out with a hand scoop in the bad areas. Sometimes my Halite comes with small black rocks mixed into it. They really provide good traction. I think that unless you have a lot of salting, and nearby access to alot of bulk salt, a V-box or dump spreader is just overkill. What do you guys do when you have extra left in the box? I only cut open a pour in what I need, and when storm is over, I stack bags in the garage.

    I'd probably spread 600 lbs or so on that lot and charge them $120.00. My cost $40. Takes 5 min to load, 5 min to spread. Total time 15 mins. That works out to $300.00/hr or $5.34/min.
  3. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    Dave I would say about the same $120-135. per time sand and salt is a big money maker considering you don't have to spend alot of time on it.I got a small 10cu ft spreader but it does wet sand too and belive me you can make good money doing it this is my second year and now it's all profit.Don't sub if you don't have to.
  4. DaveO

    DaveO PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Ma.
    Messages: 299


    Is that spreader a tailgate unit? Who makes it, and how much $$. Seems like anything worth buyin is about


    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    i wouls stick with bagged material a small bit easier to store if you do not need much, but i can say if you can put it together make the move to bulk when your route can support it, my profits doubled from the good money i made off of bagged before.you can also give better coverage without beating yourself up over that extra bag that a lot needed here in oh a bag is between 4 and 5 dollars(80 lb) the same amount in bulk is 1.00 to 1.50 you do the math

    yes there is more investment in bulk but after only two months i can tell you i will never go back
  6. RB

    RB Senior Member
    Messages: 197


    You are right on the money with that comment.

    first year plowing for me and I purchased a tailgate spreader (buyers) because it was what I could afford before the season started.

    Now after afater one month of salting, I just purchased an airflo mss that rocks with bulk salt.

    I wish I would have read your post a month ago.

  7. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    Dave it's a fisher speed casterII and it ran about $2,200 not installed here at brake and clutch in salem ,Ma and it mounts under the truck using a reciver hitch supplied in the kit or you can have it mounted in the pick up bed .does a great job with small lots. if you need any more info i can fax the sheet i got from the dealer not alot of info or look it up under fisher web site they have the same info on it as the sheet.
  8. DaveO

    DaveO PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Ma.
    Messages: 299

    Brake & clutch


    Thanx for the info. Have heard of that place. They used to supply Madden Ford with all their plows. I remember seeing over 30 F350's set up with min mounts couple years ago on his lot, just waitin to be sold.

  9. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Some one give me a call if you are interested in a airflow MSS. I have one for sale, used three times that I will let go for 1400.00 and a line on an older one that should be able to be sold for about 1K.
  10. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    Dave glad i could be of help to you.Brake and clutch had many 350-450 and 550's there too in there lot.I was like a kid in the candy store with all those new truck set ups.I think that they hace a web site but not sure.
  11. 9FT.PILES

    9FT.PILES Banned
    Messages: 48


    [Edited by plowking35 on 01-05-2001 at 06:57 AM]
  12. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    The coffee can trick wastes a lot of material and is best for sidewalks and stairs.Id rather use the push seed spreader,or backpack blow out the back of a truck,you'd get more eeven coverage.
  13. Gordon

    Gordon Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    <<[QOUTE]Id rather use the push seed spreader,or backpack blow out the back of a truck,you'd get more eeven coverage.[/QOUTE]>>
    I'm with you on the push spreader that's what I use. I only do smaller stuff so it's perfect for me. But please explain about the backpack blow out???

    [Edited by Gordon on 01-06-2001 at 06:52 PM]