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Southerner Needs Help

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by trebordollars, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. trebordollars

    trebordollars Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    We have a pavement maintenance company in east-central Mississippi and one of our out of state clients has asked that we provide them with a contract to spread salt in the case of snow or ice. They way I see it the chances of snow/ice happening in any given year are about 1 in 5.

    Since we need to be prepared for this business but want to do so in the most economical way possible can someone help with the following questions:

    (The property to be serviced is about a 2 acre retail site):

    1. What is the lowest cost way to spread salt? Can I just use a commercial grade walk behind salt spreader?
    2. Where can I buy rock salt? I assume a feed and seed store?
    3. How much salt is needed per acre assuming 1/2 inch to 2.5 inches of snow? Is 1/2 ton per acre?
    4. Should I buy tire chains for my truck? If so, is any type/brand better than another?

    Thanks in advance for the help!

  2. Mick

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

    1. Yes. Get a broadcast spreader (I think that's what it's called - one with a spinner)
    2 Yes
    3. About half that, the sun will take care of it quickly in that area
    4. No. Any good M&S (Mud and Snow) tire should be plenty for that area. Remember the adage - "You get what you pay for" - applies to new tires, too. I'd actually use All Season radials for central Mississippi unless you've got some steep hills that I never saw there. Just slow down and use common sense.