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Salt Useage Per SqFt.

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Snowbiz95, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. Snowbiz95

    Snowbiz95 Junior Member
    Messages: 29


    Does anyone have a formula for how much salt they can expect to put down per square foot or acre?

    Thank you,
    ACS PowerWash
  2. elite1

    elite1 Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    I have no idea. My guess is that every person here will have a different number. Different types and sizes of salt will change the amount that needs to be put down. Different spreaders, and conditions, including temps. will change the amount.

    What type of salt
    what are you spreading it with
    Is this an area that you can quickly salt with a small amount of turns, stops, and traffic.
    the slower you have to drive, the more salt you use.
    What is the parking lot made of. Some parking lots will need more because they get slick faster-if they a seal coated.
    Does the lot have good drainage- any areas that will require a heavier application.
  3. Lawn Lad

    Lawn Lad Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    If you are making a de-icing application after plowing where there is light snow and ice, about 250 to 400 lbs per acre will suffice. The colder the temperatures among other factors may require additional material to get the same melting effect.

    For tailgate spreaders, figure an 80# bag of salt will cover about 10,000 sq ft. At this rate, you'd be putting down approximately 330 lbs per acre. At this rate you won't burn down a lot of existing snow. It's mostly just for after plowing.

    If you're trying to burn snow down it will depend on temperature and moisture content. Often you'll get into environmentally irresponsible application rates of 1/2 ton or more per acre. The myth of one ton per acre is way over stated and completely unnecessary.

    SIMA will be releasing a granular training de-icing video in June at the annual symposium. This video will help to answer questions about calibration, equipment, application rates, etc.
  4. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 704

    If you treat your salt with a product like Caliber m2000 or Magic -0 reduce the amount of salt spread by about 50%

  5. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Where do you get this stuff at?