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water softener salt ????

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by carrfixr, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. carrfixr

    carrfixr Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    we use salt by the skid and my local supplier ran out of salt. he recommended to use water softener salt which is a little larger but do able. any input on the pros and cons of using this product

    thanks in advance mitch
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Mitch, it will work to a certain degree. However, that being said the large pieces will not melt away with the ice unless it is a very heavy ice. If you do a search on here there has been discussion about using this in the past. Unless it was a last resort, I know I wouldn't use it. I would try and find another supplier first.
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Use the smallest pellets or crystals you can find. Works great.
    Do a search like was mentioned for more answers.
  4. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    isnt it way more expensive?
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    You mean like table salt?
  6. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,220

    No if you go to your local retailer they sell typically two types of salt. Pellets and Crystals. You want to use the crystals. But don't buy the expensive kind for iron out or other options. You want straight cheap crystals.
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Table salt goes through the spreader ALOT easier.... :D
  8. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    I have a few pallets of Morton Solor Salt (blue bags) & it works great when mixing it with sand. The salt size about a 1/4. I also ordered a pallet of Morton's Rock Salt I opened the bags and mouth dropped the salt size is about 3/4 -1" Is that normal?
  9. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    just run it over with the skid steer :)
  10. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Extra Coarse Rock Salt. I prefer it over ice-away or other "regular" salt brands. Others on here have agreed with me and even asked me not to mention anymore because they like to keep it a secret for when there is shortages. The stuff works great, flows the the spreader with no issues, and is the same, or in some cases cheaper. If I had to use one or the other - "regular" rock salt or extra coarse for an entire year, I would go with the extra coarse.
  11. redstroker_2002

    redstroker_2002 Member
    Messages: 62

    We have had to get by in the past with it but i wouldnt recommend it.. it just isnt made for the parking lot application
  12. carrfixr

    carrfixr Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    thanks for the replies and input. i use a buyers salter the old style one and when i put crystals in it it comes out to fast as there is no control over the flow just the auger. the salt comes out without the spinner on it so fine. any ideas to prevent that ?? the morton yellow bags work great its a little larger but sometimes the suppliers only have the crystals.
    thanks again mitch
  13. carrfixr

    carrfixr Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    i think ill stay away from the water softner salt except for extreme emergencys and the price was the same as rock salt i pay 220 a skid 49 bags
  14. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    The salt that comes out of your salter (by itself) is very minimal. 2nd, only load the salt needed for that lot so, you don't go down the road losing any salt at all:dizzy:
  15. monstermom

    monstermom Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    You can try using the Nature's own brand, it's very useful.
  16. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    A 40lb. bag is 15.49??????????????????????????????????
  17. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    I used Ice Away last year and it was a crap shoot as to whether the bag would be full of nice sized rock, or a bunch of wet powder. I swithced to Softener Salt in the White bags from Farm and Fleet,and I pay over $50 less per pallet, and it's totally consistent and dry. Way easier to put it down when you know how much is coming out of the spreader.
  18. SnowGuy

    SnowGuy Senior Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 201

    I used Ice-A-Way in the past and the quality sucked and when I went back to order a couple of semi's of salt, all I could get was solar crystals. The Ice-A-Way costs me $3.99 per bag delivered in semi loads, the solar crystals cost me $2.99 per bag delivered (these prices were in February 2009. I am getting ready to order 2 more semi's and I can tell you that I will be ordering the solar crystals. The product quality is great, its goes through our SnowEx 1075's perfectly and it is considerably cheaper. Have used rock salt in the past and it is not nearly as consistant as the solar salt. With the solar salt, no dust, no lumps, no problems !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (IMO)
  19. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 322

  20. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,963

    Other than melting the snow softly? :laughing: It works fine, bought roughly 3 pallets of it at the end of last season, because I refused to pay for a whole semi load of bulk. I used it with sand, worked good. I used it in the 3 point spreader, it worked good. I used it in the brine maker, super clean brine! But bags give me hives! I don't like dealing with bag salt period