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Who has the Best Ice melt out there

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Sun's best, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Sun's best

    Sun's best Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    So I work for a casino in CT ,I'm wondering who has the best out there ,We try to apply before the storm ,And then brush off the sidewalks ,And then reapply again .Bescause we can't have any snow on the walks without people crying ...So whats the best out there now .We use Landscapers choice .....Thanks
  2. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    That's kind of a loaded question. There are really only 4 or 5 main ingredients that go into a sidewalk application. What happens is that companies take this and do such things as add color tracer for visual application assistance, they vary the quantity of the mix and then add their special marketing twist.

    For something like a zero tolerance sidewalk at a casino ..... You might actually want to consider Going to a liquid application. This means the salt is ready to work immediately, you can pre-treat the ground and these blends can stave off snow accumulation longer ... sometimes up to 2" while allowing for easier snow shoveling or re-application. The liquid at first glance may seem more money but, you use less product.

    Try some of the blended mixes that have Calcium, sodium and beet juice OR a Calcium only brine mix. You can buy in 5 gallon, 55 gallon or larger and then apply by using as simple a method as a 2 gallon pump sprayer.

    If budget is no limit then maybe freeze guard for solids - very cool stuff, pet and ground safe and works great ... about $18 for 50 pounds and has low tracking. Otherwise, your looking for blended package goods - forget the name and look for the ingredient mix.

    Lanscapers Choice I believe is based off of CMA which has a melting point of only 15-20 degrees where as Sodium Chloride is around 5 degrees, Calcium Chloride around -20, Magnesium around -10, Potassium Acetate around -15. We thought about CMA until we read this. The upside is it's safer around water sheds, grass and carpeting.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2009