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Sand vs Kitty Litter vs Oil Dry For Walking Traction

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by thelettuceman, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    Oil Dry $0.24 lb
    Kitty Litter $0.17 lb
    Sand $0.07 lb

    I bought a bag of each today. I want to see which gives the best walking traction after I salt a small parking lot and side walk. Price is actually a secondary consideration. Try to not have any slip and falls. Can anyone share their knowledge with me? Thanx / Rick
  2. nnusskern

    nnusskern Member
    Messages: 42

    Im not trying to be a dumba$$ but isn't this is what salt or ice melt is for?
  3. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    No, you are not a dumba$$. You ask a good question. I use the salt to melt the ice. I try not to use more than I need due to potential property damage. I use sand or kitty litter or oil dry for traction. Trying to find out what will give me best results.
  4. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Oil dry and kitty litter are made of DE, both break down to some slick stuff when saturated. Sand doesn't.
  5. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    In my experience, kitty litter turns into a slimy, gooey, slick-as-snot mess.

    Even if it didn't, sand is the less offensive option when it sticks to shoes and gets tracked indoors.
  6. nnusskern

    nnusskern Member
    Messages: 42

    He is correct I would use sand. I have used oil dry in a pinch and it worked but would not recommend on regular basis.
  7. nnusskern

    nnusskern Member
    Messages: 42

    And sand will always be cheapest by far
  8. 90plow

    90plow Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    How bout traction grit. Has a little bit more heavy material than sand making it better for traction as well as not clumping in spots and slopes. Use it for getting my truck unstuck once in a while.