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salt to sand ratio..

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by vmj, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 762

    was wondering what is considered a good mix.. Wanted to check with gateway today but didn't have time..... I was told that ther mix is 20% salt to sand.... Thanks
  2. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    Use straight salt now , but when I used sand/ salt mixture I would mix 6 to 1 ratio. If it was really cold I would add extra salt-"hot mix"
  3. ponyboy

    ponyboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,104

    Go straight salt
    Sand gets tracked into buildings
    My places state no sand
    Last year in emergency I went 60 salt 40 sand was ok bit slower to spread
    In the old days 20 years ago 50/50 was ok but material always seems wet
  4. Dewey

    Dewey Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    I mix 18 yds of sand to one yard of salt..... most around here want sand not salt...
  5. Snow tracker

    Snow tracker Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    Just talked to my town road guys about this, this morning. They said for the roads around here they use a 10:1 sand:salt mix.

    Parking Lots need salt but private roads and gravel roads sand give traction at a economical price
  6. ponyboy

    ponyboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,104

    Agree roads want traction
    Private lots want black top showing by me
  7. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 762

    I'm concerned about refreeze with straight salt... don't want to always go and resalt next day after a storm, since there is no sand for traction..