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Silly Idea...Spreader practice...

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by eng50, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. eng50

    eng50 Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    We are going to be new to salt spreading this year, at least with a tailgate spreader. This may seem like a silly idea, but we don't want to waste salt learning the spreader and its settings.

    Does anyone have an idea of a cheap or free material that can be run through a 2 stage spreader (Western Pro Flo 2) to get practice and set it up right? We will be using Magic Salt and don't want to waste several bags!!

    Would sand be somewhat comparable? Or does salt "fly" further?

    May seem goofy, but if it makes things go faster, that means more $$$!! payup

    Thank you! If you think this is not useful, please disregard and don't flame me.

  2. Mick

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

    Doesn't seem goofy to me. To get the same effect as Magic-treated salt, try wet sand. I haven't done it, but it seems like it should work.

    edit: by "same effect" I meant for going through the spreader.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2004
  3. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    I bought a new tailgate spreader last year and went out to the first job and half filled it with rock salt at 2.99 a bag and set the speed on mid range and salted the lot to get a feel for it.
    I went back latter that day to check on the lot and see how the salt was working. It went great learned some spots had too much,others not quite enough.
    I guess what I'm saying is go buy some rock salt at Home Depot half fill the spreader and go salt a lot and look at the coverage and make some adjustments where you have to.

    Regards Mike
  4. avalancheplow

    avalancheplow Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I put down some tarps and ran the magic salt through my tailgate spreader. Your not wasting the salt but reg salt is different than maic salt. You don't want to think your spreading right and have problems after you salted. Set it up first the right way using the product you will be using during the storm. IMO
  5. vanwhyjr

    vanwhyjr Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    How is Magic different? Does it spread easier or harder than regular rock salt?
    I have the SnowEx V8000, is there anyone else running Magic through one? Do you have any recommended speeds?
  6. totalsnow of ky

    totalsnow of ky Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    try kitty litter its cheap and wont burn anything??
  7. wls

    wls Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Does any body use melt down in a buyers tailgate? I too am salting for the 1st time this year. What speed of the truck, and about what setting to achive say 20' spread. If anyone uses #1 rock, they can chime in also. :)
  8. avalancheplow

    avalancheplow Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Magic is different because its treated with a liquid deicer. Most people say they use about 1/2 the amount they would use with regular rock salt and it works better. There are a lot more benifits but I'm to lazy to type them up. Check out there web site for more info. :waving:
  9. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I understand your thinking. The one thing with salting and only time will teach you is how much to put down. Are you trying to salt out an 1/2" of snow or have you had an ice storm, has the lot been plowed and you are just getting the skiff that has been left behind. Is it early of late in the year where the temperature is around freezing or is it Jan. or Feb. where it is going to be really cold all day. A lot that gets a lot fo traffic will need less salt because the cars will help the melting of an office building where people are parked all day will need salt. It is something that you will learn really quickly. Not a whole lot to worry about. Good luck
  10. DJC

    DJC Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    people also use cheep bags of cat litter from Wal-Mart. Although I think you get get a bag of #1 rock salt for about the same price. :waving: