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steel containers

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by DodgeBlizzard, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. DodgeBlizzard

    DodgeBlizzard Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    I've been bouncing back and forth on what to do for storing bulk salt for the first time. I wasn't sure if I wanted mafia blocks or a new to me idea of a steel container after reading about it on here. After talking to my plow dealer yesterday, I learned they actually have the 40' steel containers. $ 100 / month and $ 100 to deliver. I asked about purchasing after six months and he said he would give me 80 % of the rental price towards the purchase price of $ 2500. So I figure renting it for six months, I would then spend $ 2,000 and it could be mine. And lets' not forget how I will be having a 40' billboard when I advertise on the side of the container. So will I be getting a decent deal with these numbers?

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554

    that is a great deal for a 40 footer. I paid $1800 for a 20 footer.
  3. DodgeBlizzard

    DodgeBlizzard Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    any tricks to getting it loaded nice and full?
  4. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    We just rented one last week. Thats a good price, our 20ft container was 65/month and 100 to deliver. If it all works out this year I'm going to buy one for next season. I found new ones for 1800.00 (20ft) but the shipping was a killer at 650.00. As far as loading them, just keep piling with a skid steer. I guess they will hold around 22-26 tons. I'm going to make a ramp for mine so I dont bounce getting in and out and loosing half a bucket of salt each time.
  5. mws399LAWN

    mws399LAWN Member
    Messages: 44

    you should be able to buy a 40 - 53' for about 1700$ i just got a 20' for 1250.00, the 20 hold just under 40 tons
  6. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Where did you find a 20ft for that price!
  7. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Did you tell them you were putting salt in it?
  8. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Yes, I made sure they knew what I was using it for. All he said "yeah ok" so I guess I'm good to go. I'll just buy it if it becomes a problem, its just moving it around that becomes expensive. But I have a place to put it if I need to, then I have another storage area.
  9. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    The 20 footer's hold that much? Thats good to know! I thought 25 or so.
  10. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    I fit 32 ton in mine but had to put boards in the front to keep the salt from slipping down towards the doors. I couldn't imagine trying to fit another 8 tons!
  11. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,145

    Check auction sites. Ritchie Brothers auctions has containers always 800-2000 depends on time of year and how big of an auction it is. There are equipment moving companies there you can get quotes from on moviing them. Pretty decent prices.
  12. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    Craigslist in Chicago always has a couple. 1200-1800 depending on size.
  13. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 477

    I found a few used 40's for $1800 but the delivery is what can kill the good price.
  14. mws399LAWN

    mws399LAWN Member
    Messages: 44

    a 20' can be moved on a flatbed tow truck mine was from chicago about 57 miles away cost 120$ to move and they just tilted it off the bed
  15. dquint

    dquint Junior Member
    from Det,Mi
    Messages: 6

    Are you guys talking a steel container like a dumpster or a coverd shipping container>
  16. grassmaster06

    grassmaster06 Senior Member
    Messages: 418

    i paid 1200 delivered for my 20 ft container .i bought it used from a shipping company ,and in great shape
  17. DodgeBlizzard

    DodgeBlizzard Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    I don't know about the other guys, but I'm talking about a shipping container. Totally enclosed. So do you guys suggest spraying down the inside of the container with anything before it's loaded up with salt? And do you guys leave your salt in year round?
  18. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    If I was buying one I would spray it down with any oil, like Thrust, or just put a good coat of Rustolium.
  19. mws399LAWN

    mws399LAWN Member
    Messages: 44

    most shipping containers are made to be transported across the ocean, it'll be years before youll have problems
  20. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    Can someone share a contact to get a container in the tri state area for less than $1800. Please feel free to PM me. I can pick up, Thanks