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Salt V.s. Mag

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by zukofsu, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. zukofsu

    zukofsu Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 5

    I was wondering what the general consensus is on the two products for the following scenario. All product is bagged and we do not use bulk products or calcium chloride. We obviously charge more per bag for MAG than rock salt.

    Our commercial properties use a mixture of salt and others MAG. On about 50% of our properties, we must use MAG only due to the management companies and conditions.

    When we order tractor trailer loads, we usually do a 50 / 50 mix of MAG and Salt. We just ordered our second mixed load and we are contemplating just using MAG only in the future.

    On one particular property, we use about 50 bags of salt and 20 bags of MAG per event (not including treating the days after an event). The MAG is primarily used on sidewalks and concrete areas. Salt is used on all asphalt areas.

    If we used only MAG, it would melt the ice much faster and require less "action" like cars for the salt to start working. I also believe that a 50lb bag of MAG will spread further per bag than a 50lb bag of rock salt. Hopefully, we could apply MAG for the same or near cost of the Salt / MAG mixture to the management company with much better results.

    Also, If we have left over MAG, it seems that a higher percentage of bags will be viable for the next season. Rock Salt seems to be unusable if we have left over form a season.

    I have listed the PROS of MAG below.


    - Melts Ice faster than rock salt.
    - Requires little or no "action" from cars.
    - Holds longer than rock salt.
    - Bags are more durable and easier to handle than rock salt.
    - If there is left over material, seems to "over summer" better than rock salt.
    - Can be used on all of our properties and eliminates the need for 2 products.


    - Higher cost per bag.

    Any input or ideas would be appreciated. Another option would be to mix the MAG and salt together in the spreader, which we have been trying as well.
    Thanks and hopefully we will see another event in Maryland soon. payup
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2005
  2. dssxxxx

    dssxxxx Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 63

    MAG is a superior product to any sodium chloride based ice melter.

    The savings will come to the customer, after the winter in having fewer problems, such as, replacing grass and/or concrete damage. MAG produces heat and will melt to -25 where as, rock salt will only melt to +20.