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What type sand to mix with

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by G.McNeill&Son, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. G.McNeill&Son

    G.McNeill&Son Member
    Messages: 48

    Mixing sand/salt myself is new to me. I have been buying mix but its getting way to expensive. I have been getting pricing and asking around. I have been told to use double washed sand to mix with salt. I have been calling around and some places only have traction sand. Is it the same. What is the correct type of sand to mix with
  2. Dewey

    Dewey Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    I buy my sand out of the pit.... Screened..Nothing fancy.. I've been doing it this way for years... I mix the salt in the pit as I load ... I think as long as its dry and no large rocks or pebbles you'd be set....
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    we used washed sand when it is available...sounds like traction sand to me tho
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Washed would be nice, I would think it would clump less. My favorite sand is what we call "Sharp sand" or "Septic sand". No pebbles, just consistently size grains. Generally very clean too. Some nice of the Good Lord to dump a few hundred thousand yards here and there. :nod: Just scoop it up, no screening required. I especially like the sand on freshly plowed paved lots. The small particles give tons of color. The customers love the color, think you are putting truckloads of sand down. But when you are trying to gain traction on heavy ice, the pebbles are nice because they stay above the surface longer. Once place runs some stuff off the crusher. Small grains mixed with larger pieces, maybe 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch. The large pieces are very sharp. Give great traction, but it's usually wet. Between being wet and such sharp edges it can pack in the spreader very easily. Shoveling out the spreader is no fun. :realmad:
  5. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    I am so glad we don't have to deal with sand around here.

    Seems like a lot of areas are ok with it. :confused:
  6. 4700dan

    4700dan Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 329

    Concrete sand works best
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Not much choice with gravel drives/roads
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I heard that.
  9. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Different areas call it all sorts of different names.By me,it's road or concrete sand from a gravel bank,screenings or stone dust from a rock quarry.What you want is a large grained,sharp particle type sand,NOT a soft type sand like mason or dead sand.It's more important that it's gritty vs.washed once or twice.
  10. G.McNeill&Son

    G.McNeill&Son Member
    Messages: 48

    Tuney443 thanks for the info. What state are you out of, Im out of southern Mass The guy I used to buy my mix from told me he was using washed sand. Every pit I looked into is calling it traction sand. Does that sand right to you. I know with mason sand it's to fine and sticks to the sanders alot.
  11. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Yeah,sounds right,maybe just a gimmicky thing calling it that though I'm thinking to charge more,since it's most likely nothing more than concrete sand.Why don't you just go there and ask for the price sheet and then look at all the piles of sand.If there's 2 different piles,but yet they are the same product[no matter what they are calling it],get the cheaper priced one if it's everything I already mentioned.I'm not far from you,Poughkeepsie,NY.