Salt stuck in spreader

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by plowguy06, Jan 6, 2001.

  1. plowguy06

    plowguy06 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 84

    I was helping a custodian unclog a salt spreader that had a very LARGE rock of salt in it. we got it out and the spreader worked but I was wondering how this got into the salt in the first place.
  2. John Allin

    John Allin Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    We found a 2 ft diameter rock on one load we got.

    I was just happy my guys didn't try to force it through the screen in the hopper (Vee Box spreader). They'd have found a way too. Kinda irks me when they do that.

    Someday, we're gonna find a body in the pile.

    Such is life.
  3. Alan

    Alan Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Those chunks happen when moisture gets into the pile and melts the salt together. Really bad when you put damp salt in a tailgate hopper and it clumps up like that. One of the benefits of treating your stockpile with Magic is that it will help prevent clumping. Not eliminate it completely, because if you get snow or water into the pile it will wash the Magic off the salt and you will get clumps in that spot. But I've had a lot less clumping and crusting in my pile since I started using Magic.
  4. guido

    guido Veteran
    Messages: 261

    Alan is right.....

    Even with the covers on our v-box spreaders we can't leave them outside cause the moisture dmpens it up and clogs it all up to look like oatmeal or something. Its not fun!!

    I'll have to check out this magic salt when I get back to the states, maybe I can work you into a government contract??

    Hopefully I'll end up on the east coast when I come back so I can keep on plowin!!
  5. CCLC

    CCLC Member
    Messages: 91

    Never leave any salt in a hopper whether it is a v-box or a tailgate. If it hardens up or gets soupy they are a mess to clean out. Spread it at a customers lot or salt the road in front of your house.
  6. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    After using magic for about 3 storms now,I agree with Alan,it does stay loose and free much more so than regular salt.I still empty the hopper though,it will bind up if you leave it in there long enough.
  7. OP

    plowguy06 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 84

    What is the "Magic" that Alan wrote about?
  8. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,324


    When I used smaller spreaders at a local school, we had problems with large chunks too. Not sure what size spreader you are talking about, but we had cheap walk behind broadcast spreaders. What I did, was use a circular saw to cut the bottoms out of some plastic milk crates. Then I put the flat plastic "screen" I cut, in the spreader, there was a ridge in the hopper, and the screen fit perfect. Never had a problem with clumps again. I recommend a screen of some type for all spreaders. It will help with clumps that are in bagged salt or in your bulk pile. They will <B>not</B> help if you allow salt to sit in the spreader and clump.

    For info on Magic Salt, go here:


    [Edited by ChucksChevyPages on 01-07-2001 at 10:53 AM]
  9. OP

    plowguy06 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 84

    This was a Meyer Mini-Spreader. I have a small walk-behind spreader that was pretty cheap and have had no clooging problems but the wheel keeps falling off!!
  10. Alan

    Alan Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Plowguy, Magic is a liquid deicer that you incorporate into your stockpile. If you are useing bagged product there is also pretreated, bagged salt available. The Magic coating keeps the salt granules from "melting" together from atmospheric moisture. I won;t help if your material gets rained or snowed on though, as the Magic will wash off. In addition it will keep your salt working down to lower temperatures (near 0 deg.) and at higher temperatures you can reduce your salt application by 30% and still get the same results. Also, the corrosive nature of the salt is greatly reduced when it is mixed with Magic.

    Before anyone jumps on this, I am NOT selling the stuff, only using it with good results. John Parker (NY SnowPros) is a distributor and can give you full details and costs, as well as steering you to a supplier near you.
  11. OP

    plowguy06 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 84

    thanks Alan. I will tell the custodian and maybe he will get some. I'm not sure if you wrote this or not, but can it be used with BAGGED salt?
  12. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862

    Magic salt really works

    Alan, I was glad to see you are happy with Magic Salt.

    I tried it out on our walks this year and it works considerably better than calcium and regular salt. My guys are swearing by it so far.

    The guy who plows our lots is getting a load this week for application to our lots. He saw the difference himself, called me the other day for John Parker's number.

    Another satisfied customer for Magic Salt.