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Old 01-29-2010, 03:07 PM
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Best Salt to use???? Hurry its getting cold

We are getting a good size ice storm so I am looking at going and getting a pallet or two of salt. Lowes has a 40# bag of Diamond Crystal. It looks like what goes into Reverse Osmosis Systems, but is it the same thing??? I know I sound stupid but we really dont get that much Ice down here. We usually use a road runner brand but its about twice as much. Thanks for any and all help.
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:33 PM
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:39 PM
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Any salt that lowes carries will make you money. I do however recommend calling some sand suppliers. You will get it much cheaper if you buy it by the bulk. Last year we bought it at lowes and we paid something like $7.50 per bag….buying it by the truck load it is $85.00 per ton. With as much ice that you are getting you will use a ton fast!!!!!!!!!

hope you have atleast a tailgate salt shaker???

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Old 01-29-2010, 04:49 PM
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Lowe's Diamond brand "water softener" salt will melt the ice, but used for traction in commercial properties isn't the way to go. Those big granules don't uniformly cover the surface for accurate melt. It is like fertilizing a lawn with golf ball's??? I don't know what you are going to do resi or commercial, but we don't use the bid stuff at all.
One year we purchased the stuff after an ongoing spell of ice took us by suprise. The stuff didn't melt the materials as quickly as needed.
We purchase roadrunner materials in the off season at a better price, but this season, we got some off brand saline products. Sodium chloride, Magnesium chloride, usually the mixtures in the bags. The products do differ in melting time and temperature duration. We are using some materials today from TSC in a white bag with blue writing. The material is mostly Sodium chloride but in larger granule (the size of pellets and not bb's. I don't prefer it to the Magnesium plends but the price was the leading factor this season. The roadrunner blends were 14.00 for 40# at lowe's yesterday. The TSC material is 7.00 for 50# thus spreads a lot further. We are applying to 25 year old well cured concrete sidewalks and parking lots.
I hope you were able to purchase any or most of the products because we purchased ours back in October of 2009. The supply runs short in these types of storms. Sometimes we will sit on 50 bags for a couple of years in storage, then it pays for itself in profit as we sell them at current market price when everyone else runs out. Mostly we use it for our own customers.
On the second note, I hope you have a dump truck to deliver and apply the sand as it is a PITA to remove from customer driveways and commercial parking lots. It isn't an option for us to sell it to a customer. However, it has better traction ability, the mess isn't worth extra liability of hauling around our 20ft. trailer in this ice.
Yeah, this thread should have been on plowsite, but I will cut you some slack. We were hit hard yesterday evening about 6:00 p.m. with the onset of sleet and rain mixed. Thank goodness it turned to hard sleet there afterward. We have an inch of sleet and ice with blizzard like conditions today. The snow is piling up which is unusual for us also.. Take care there in Oklahoma, it has hit you guys more than once this winter.

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