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What to use to wash off salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by stevesmowing, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing Member
    Messages: 78

    I just bought a bobcat we be using this year. My question is this, what is the best way to wash off the salt after each storm? I was thinking about using an electric pressure washer with a pump hooked into a barrel of some type of washer fluid solution or something that wouldn't freeze. My problem is I don't have water where I keep the machine and it would have to be brought in. Any other ideas? Is washer fluid likely to cause rust?
  2. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    I don't know about any solution to help with the salt, I just presure wash the truck and plow when done plowing
    if it's to cold out I go to the local car wash
  3. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    I always use a pressure washer with hot water.
  4. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    thers a product i bought called CHLOR-RID ...i have a gallonbut i didn't use it last year. i think they were a sponsor on here. i'll see if i can find a link
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010
  5. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

  6. pheasantfarmer

    pheasantfarmer Member
    from MN
    Messages: 37

    You could also put a fluid film on it before the season i hear that helps alot!
  7. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing Member
    Messages: 78

  8. KMBertog

    KMBertog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    pressure washer with hot water and a good detergent is all we use. good for washing the beds of our salt trucks as well.


  9. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 95

  10. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,372

    My uncle has a heated preasure washer that he uses to wash all of his plow trucks. He said that the heated preasure washer cost alot but, it's worth it.
  11. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    I agree, well worth it. How much will a sandblast and paint job cost for the machine in a few years when it becomes a bucket of rust? I'm sure much more than a solid hot water washer.
  12. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    Salt Away, one gallon lasts years makes 512 gallons of Salt Away....try it on ebay: salt away and get their mixing unit that plugs into your hose. We use first with regular water and then use pressure washer and lastly re-apply fluid film! Makes for new looking and operating equipment!
  13. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    I'll second that. This product works awesome. We also use their lubra seal product twice a year to spray down all sanders,chains, truck body frames etc. If you combo those two products, it greatly reduces rust, and sander chains never lock up over the summer. The products aren't that cheap, but work well.
  14. Dan85

    Dan85 Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    This is encouraging to hear. We just purchased these same products, and I had yet to hear any feedback about them. The salter chain seemed to run without any issued when we turned it on last week, so far, so good. *knock on wood*

    We also undercoat our trucks and equipment prior to the season as well.

    - Dan
  15. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    A little vinegar solution works well too. Spray it on, let it sit, and pressure wash it off.
  16. john mc

    john mc Member
    Messages: 70

    I also use salt away. with the power washer on low psi 1,500. I still have rust but i bet it would be worse. I also use fluid film and its the balls . my roller conveyer chain never locks up anymore. I also put in in a spray bottle and spray the truck
  17. bossplowguy

    bossplowguy Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Whats 13 bucks a gallon compared to a rotted out turd of a skid loader? Protect your investment. Also like said in a previous post hose it down with fluid film, I just got done doing 2 of my trucks tonight.
  18. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 95

    We use the lubra seal as well - like you said not cheap, but the way I look at it neither is the equipment.
  19. icudoucme

    icudoucme Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    Salt-a-way is cheap when you break it down per gallon. it works well and is easy to apply.