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Will water softner salt work ??

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Eyesell, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    This may be a stupid question, but my brother-in-law has 6 pallets of water softener salt he wants to give me, will this work on ice like rock salt and will a BOSS tailgate spreader spread it.

    He said the pellets are bigger than the typical rock salt I buy from him, but instead of trying to see if the spreader will spread it I'm more concerned 1.) will it still melt the ice the same as rock salt and then 2.) will the spreader work ?

    Thanks in advance :redbounce
  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I think the answers to your questions are yes it will work. My biggest concern would be people trying to walk on it because of the size. It might be like trying to walk on small rocks. A few years ago a friend put it down because he could not find rock salt and it seemed to work fine.
  3. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Yes, I've used it in the past when there was a rock salt shortage. Be carefull spreading, the larger pellets shoot out of the spreader at a pretty high speed. As mentioned above, they might present a bit of a hazard walking on them, however they do melt down pretty fast....
  4. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    This is all the guy I worked for last year would use. Said it was cheaper.
  5. THE BOSS 1975

    THE BOSS 1975 Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Break it up smaller

    you could use it but i would look at the safety concernsif someone was to step on it and fell could they say it was the size of the pellets and threw them off balance ?
    i would use it but try to break it into smaller pellets!!!:help:
  6. finnegan

    finnegan Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    mix half and half and you should be fine...
  7. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    Other than it being like walking on marbles till it gets chewed up.....
  8. RadHog

    RadHog Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    that is all we use....... 80 pd bags for $3.00 No problems at all
  9. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    There are several different types/sizes of water softener salt. I've seen some as big as peanuts and some not much bigger than #1 rocksalt.

    The Boss spreader will have no problem spreading either size. The bigger the better as there would be NO bridging like you have with smaller particles.

    Sometimes water softener salt comes down in price when you buy pallets at a time. Big problem is, most stores only carry 40lb bags.

    Wish they'd bag salt in 65lb bags.

    80's get pretty heavy, and 50's take forever to fill the hopper.