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Should I get a liquid sprayer or salt spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by scoot98758, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. scoot98758

    scoot98758 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I new to plowing and don't own a salter yet. I need to purchase one this year and I have been reading a bunch of people are having a hard time finding salt. I was wondering if I built a liquid sprayer will it have the same effect or better effect on ice that salt does? I need some help comparing prices of material per sqft (salt vs liquid material), time to operate (salt vs liquid), amount spreader/sprayer costs (salt vs liquid), benefits of having either salt or liquid. I would also like to know if you have to find a place that sells the liquid or do you buy concentrated liquid and mix with water?
    PS when I said salt above I mean salt or salt type chemical equivalent.
    Thanks in advance for all the advice
  2. Scoot, you would want to definitely want to have a spreader for salt. Liquid are by no means a replacement for salt. They will greatly reduce the amount of salt used. But are not a total cure all for deicing. I had a guy looking to get a trailer of liquid the other day and that was all he was going to use. I think he may get the salt spreader as well. Lets hope... It's just another tool in your tool box. Liquids work great. We love them...Saved us a lot of salt during the ice storms last year..
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I agree with Bren. Buy the salter first and then buy the liquid setup, when you can.
  4. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    yep or so im told
  5. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    we could go on and on about this subject but to sum it up for you......

    you'll need a spreader, and next year maybe a sprayer

  6. SuperBlade

    SuperBlade Member
    Messages: 62

    Does anyone consider sodium acetates as an alternative to salt or calcium?
  7. SuperBlade

    SuperBlade Member
    Messages: 62

    I think I am also going all liquid this year.
  8. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    cant be done, liquids are only effective at certain times, with certain conditions, are not good for Ice , or as a post treatment