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what's the best way to charge for bag salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by snowbuster1, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. snowbuster1

    snowbuster1 Member
    Messages: 84

    just got my first salt spreader a snow ex mini pro 575. just curious on the best way charge.
  2. tattood_1

    tattood_1 Member
    Messages: 98

    I add some to the price of each bag.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  3. APT Snow

    APT Snow Junior Member
    from mi/oh
    Messages: 2

    I use 80# bags and usually charge $20-25 a bag spread.
  4. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 702

    WOW......that's like $500-$625 a ton!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek:
  5. snowcrazy

    snowcrazy Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 409

    I actually use the 50lb bags of haylite......... Most folks mark up the salt 50%. So if you get the bag of salt for 5 bucks then its 10 bucks per bag spread......... I buy my salt 3 skids at a time 2 get the discounted price of $4.25 per bag and I get $10 per bag spread. Makes it worth while when I wake up to go do the stip malls and spread a skid of salt. I have about $220 in a skid and after bill for $500 for the skid spread. Crazy part is, I know several folks getting $12 per bag spread and getting the salt at the same price as im getting it. Good for them. Make dat money!!!!!!
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I get $25 per 50. payup

  7. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,415

    Same here... $25, sometimes $30, per 50 lbs. spread

    Ah, that math is so confusing sometimes... :D
  8. Fourbycb

    Fourbycb Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    I have 2 brands of bagged salt I use, normal salt spreaded customer cost is 18.00 a bag the better salt for deeper snow pack or colder temps spreaded is 24.00 per 50# bag
  9. Cmbrsum

    Cmbrsum Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Wow. wow wow. you guys make a killing on salt. Even if it casts you more for salt. Bag salt I buy for $3.46 per 50lbs. bag. and spread for $0.17 per lbs. that's $8.50 per bag. and I make decent money at that. I still get $0.17 per lbs for my bulk salt. That costs me $23.00 a ton. However i guess living in Utah helps make salt a little cheaper.
  10. SnowGuy

    SnowGuy Senior Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 201

    We charge $240.00 to $300.00 per ton applied (.12 to .15 per pound) for bulk salt. Depending on size of lot, shape, cars, etc.
  11. capnsac

    capnsac Member
    Messages: 73

    we charge $35 per bag spread. That's the going rate here.
  12. pats plowing

    pats plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    I am confused on your pricing for a small lot or residential. My minimum for salting is $25. If a house takes 25# of salt, are you charging $8.50 for salt that costs 1/2 of $5, or are you charging $8.50 + stopping fee or $8.50 per 50# with a minimum fee that you have not stated. For one place that uses a full bag, I get more like 40+ and it takes less than 10 minutes to do.
  13. bristolturf

    bristolturf Senior Member
    Messages: 435

    $0.18-.20/lb applied bulk or bagged. It depends what truck goes to that stop sometimes. IT might have a vbox on the back or a tailgate. Minimum charge for salting is automatically $25.00 for spot salting an things like that.
  14. StormRanger

    StormRanger Member
    from NorEast
    Messages: 72

    .18 - .20/lb as well. I will spot salt some driveways, I'll charge $4 for some, but thats for like 20lbs, thats plenty of salt for a little 2 car driveway.
    Its not that much hassle for me to push a button as im leaving. Mostly for my senior citizens.
  15. ctbman

    ctbman Member
    Messages: 76

    Charge for bag salt

    In milwaukee we charge $.35 per pound
  16. Cmbrsum

    Cmbrsum Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Yes $8.50 for 50 lbs. I sell in 50 lbs increments. and not other fees. so yes if i only dump 50 lbs i only get 8.50
  17. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Sell based on the value of your service not the cost

    We sell bagged salt for .48 per pound applied with a truck spreader and labor charge on top of the material if we are not plowing.

    That's how we do it.
  18. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Prices will vary drastically from area to area. The size of the lot and the amount of ice events you get/ year will make a big difference in price. The thoughts of 500-$1000/ton salt is very unrealistic around here unless your spreading a few bags a night.
  19. dynogt16

    dynogt16 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Good info. shows we are in the ballpark here.