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Sidewalks, what do you use to spread salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by All_Clear, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. All_Clear

    All_Clear Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    What do you use for spreading salt on sidewalks....

    I have been using a drop spreader with bagged icemelt but am open to other ideas. Will be sticking with the bagged icemelt.

    All Clear
  2. All Season Lawn

    All Season Lawn Member
    Messages: 41

    if you are using bagged salt you know how much you are spreading (lbs) I have always put it in a bucket or small cart depending on how far you travel and spread it by hand, may companies around here i see doing it the same way.
  3. All_Clear

    All_Clear Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    I've been using 3-5, 50# bags to do the entire apt complex (some heavy in front of the north facing buildings that get no sun)

    I figure it efficient this way and goes down evenly, I'm payed hrly (am maintenance supervisor) and this is what was here when i took the property over.

    All Clear
  4. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    drop spreaders are ok if it aint to wide but we use a buyers spreader (walk behind) unless it's early a.m. and then we'll use the toolcat and a 575 spread-x and bulk

    sometimes my guys just load a couple of bags in a shopping cart and push it around spreading by hand if too many people are around and trying to walk on the walk's
  5. kipcom

    kipcom Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 455

    We use 2.5 gal pail (has lid if needed) most workers can carry easily and apply by hand, workers are required to wear rubberized gloves that have the cotton glove inserts. This is the easiest, quickest and most cost effective way we have found to apply deicer on sidewalks. Larger areas we use drop spreaders & fert broadcast spreaders.
  6. All_Clear

    All_Clear Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    My biggest thing is people that park half way over the sidewalk. The drop spreader makes 2 passes to put down cover edge to edge (unless cars are in the way) I've been doing 3 passes using the over lap pass down the middle.

    All Clear
  7. Lawnscape89

    Lawnscape89 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    For sidewalks, we use the Earthway 2170 with "side deflectors" that keep the chemical from being broadcast too wide. The chemical flows freely and you can get 50 - 100 lbs in the hopper.