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Salt vs Sand on gravel drives

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Arc Burn, Dec 9, 2002.

  1. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,141

    How effective is salt on gravel driveways,is it a waste or can you get good results?Everyone sands here,it's 99% residential and mostly gravel driveways.I am looking at a used tailgate spreader,Fisher single stage,The two stage is nearly the cost of a v box which i will buy next year but cant get on my truck now,looking for a quick fix to clean up some of these drives anyways,knowing that a 2 stage and a v box are out for this year,what do you guys think?
  2. plowking35

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

    It is pretty much a waste on gravel. On asphalt or concrete, as the salt causes the ice or snow to melt, it creates a brine, that flows out and melts the surrounding areas. So a little salt will go along way. On gravel that brine is quickly absorbed into the gravel. So very little effect from the same amount of salt.
    So sand or a mix of sand salt is used to aid in traction.
    Single stage units are very poor in their ability to spread heavier materials, all though bagged sand may flow ok through them. The two stage units( see other thread in this area) will move both mix and heavier type materials.
    I in fact have a MSS two stage unit for sale for a very good price.
  3. richsoucie

    richsoucie Member
    Messages: 89

    how much you selling that mss unit for
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I suspect that it's sold. That post is over three years old.
  5. richsoucie

    richsoucie Member
    Messages: 89

    i didnt notice the date i just did a search. i suppose i should have put the date filter on when i searched
  6. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Maybe the way the posts are displayed are different for you than me? The date of the post is to the upper left of every post of mine. I never thought of it much before. Is the way threads and posts displayed different for everybody? That would explain some things I've wondered about - like why seemingly irrelevant, old threads sometimes get brought up. Not being critical, just curious.