I'm spreading salt on my inclined driveway by hand.
But coverage is uneven and I am waste a certain amount of salt.
First thing that comes to mind are those hand-crank seed spreaders, but
salt and seed are different enough that I don't feel like taking a
chance and just buying one.
Does anybody have something that actually works for them ?
I have used a hand-crank seeder and it works fine when I want an even
application of deicer to the pavement. Thing is, I usually want to add
extra to icier spots, so I end up applying by hand in those spots anyway.
There's little difference between rock salt and bug granules . Buy the hand
crank unit . Salt may not feed as quickly as the granules due to average
particle size , but then I can't remember ever using but the lowest 2
settings on mine . Crank slower for a narrower swath .
If you truly want a uniform dispersal AND have a sizeable driveway,
consider a "*Drop* Fertilizer Spreader". Something like:
Other "spreaders" throw the seed/fertilizer (in your case, salt)
and, as such, leave heavy and light spots. A drop spreader LAYS
DOWN a layer so it's only going where you want it (no risk to
killing nearby flora!) -- sort of like mowing a lawn.
The other advantage (for folks with big driveways) is that it will
carry a fair bit more than a hand spreader -- and is more convenient
than carrying a bag of salt with you (in your arms) as you walk the
driveway, walkway and sidewalks.
Downside is it doesn't work on unshoveled areas! (wheels need traction)
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