Bulk Up this Winter with Russo

Preparation is what separates the professionals from the part-timers when it comes to snow and ice management. Ask any pro and they'll tell you, buy your ice melt in bulk. Not only is it more cost effective for your business, but it keeps your crews out on jobs longer. Whether you're looking for pallets of premium bagged product or truckloads of bulk rock salt, Russo has the largest selection of ice melt solutions in the Chicagoland area. When the ice hits the fan, Russo has what you need, when you need it. Visit your local Russo location and speak with a sales rep to discuss your bulk ice melt need today!

Russo Bulk Salt Advantage

  • Salt on Demand: Same or Next Day Delivery & Pick-Up
  • HUGE Savings per ton Compared to Packaged Salt
  • Available in Rock Salt, Treated Rock Salt, or Blended

Quality Packaged Ice Melt Products

  • Large Selection of Blends and Compositions
  • In Stock and Ready-to-Go at all Russo Locations
  • Single Bag & Pallet Pricing Options Available

Speak With Your Local Russo Sales Rep

Elgin: (224) 268-3035

Frankfort: (779) 333-7000

Hainesville: (847) 752-0420

Naperville: (630) 219-2440

Schiller Park: (847) 678-9525

Preseason Order Discounts

Now through October 31, 2017

Please contact a Russo Sales Rep for preseason pricing and terms.

Default video quality is 480p. Check it out in HD to get the full effect!

Refer Customers & Get Loads of Free Salt

As one of our valued customers, we appreciate your business and would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in Russo’s new seasonal referral program! We are asking our customers to share their positive experiences dealing with Russo’s Bulk salt sales with their friends, colleagues, and partners in the industry.

Who is a Referral?

Anyone who has never purchased or is a non-current Russo customer.

Non-current customer = no purchases have been made from Russo’s within the past 3 winter seasons.

There is no limit on referrals, or loads of free salt!

But only one free load is eligible per referral.


November 1, 2017

Referral forms with your bulk salt quotation.

December 1, 2017

Purchases must start and be in a consistent pattern for both Customer & Referral.


Credits apply to the value of regular salt only, not mixed or treated. Only material will be credited, not freight. Both your account and the referral account(s) must be paid in full for salt before April 15th, then credits will be refunded. Credits will be refunded after April 1st 2018. Referrals cannot use Russo as last resort based on supply/demand of material. See deadlines.

How it Works

Step 1

Share your Russo referral code with your contacts. As many as you like!

Step 2

Your referral speaks with their local Russo Sales Rep & purchases a minimum of 10 full loads (220 tons) or more of bulk salt.

Step 3

Russo will credit one of your purchased loads back to your Account!

Step 4

Credits will be refunded after April 1st. Please review terms for more info.

Comparing The Different Blends of Ice Melt

So you might be thinking “What’s the difference between all of these bags of ice melt anyway?” That’s a good question. There are many variations and blends of ice melt, and just because they have a common goal, doesn’t mean that they are all the same. So which one should you use? Well, that all depends on the surface, the surrounding area and your budget.

A common thought is to just use the “strongest” ice melt, and a lot of it. A powerful ice melt might do a great job of keeping a walkway clear but it also might contaminate a pond, erode a surface and be tracked indoors only to ruin your carpeting. With that in mind, you need to find what ice melt best works with your situation. There are basically five common ice melts that comprise 95% of the market: sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride and acetates.

Here is an overview of the most commonly found ingredients for ice melts, ranging from what is the typically cheapest to most expensive melts:

Sodium Chloride (NaCl): Also called rock salt, this is one of the most abundant chemical compounds found on the earth. Sodium chloride is by far the most common because it’s inexpensive and readily available. It will melt snow and ice effectively at temperatures down to 16 degrees, but performs best in the mid-twenties. Sodium chloride contains 67% chlorides and about 30% sodium.

Magnesium Chloride (MgCl2): Thought of as a premium deicer because of its effectiveness, Magnesium Chloride it is a naturally occurring chloride compound, much like sodium chloride. In commercial form, magnesium chloride contains 34% chlorides and 18% magnesium. It’s gentle on most surfaces and vegetation, which why it has gained a wide popularity in the last few decades with its low environmental impact. Another positive about Magnesium Chloride is that is also doesn’t have the tendency to track-in. Magnesium chloride deicer can be found in pellet, flake, and liquid solution forms and will melt snow and ice effectively down to -13F.

Calcium Chloride (CaCl2): Another naturally occurring chloride, much like sodium and magnesium, calcium chloride is by far the most recognized premium deicer because it has been widely used in the US for over 100 years. Like salt, calcium can be messy when it’s tracked in, and its toxicity is the highest of all chloride-based deicers. While it tends to be a little harder on surfaces and vegetation, it has long been established as the lowest temperature deicer, melting ice down to -25F. This powerful deicer comes in pellet, flake, and liquid forms.

Potassium Chloride (KCl): A naturally occurring chloride like the other three, potassium chloride is actually used very little as a deicer these days, and rather as the principle potassium source in fertilizers. It is 60% potassium and only 37% chlorides, so while it’s very easy on the environment, it is also fairly ineffective as a deicer, only melting ice down to +25F. Though the plus of this melt is that people tend to like it because of the fact that it’s so environmentally friendly, but because fertilizer prices are increasing, so is Potassium Chloride.

Acetates: Most commonly found in three forms, sodium acetate, calcium magnesium acetate, and potassium acetate. Acetate deicers are not chloride based. They are organic chemical compounds that break down naturally in the environment and leave little-to-no impact. They protect surfaces and structures from damage, because of this lack of chlorides. These benefits come at a higher cost because the main ingredients used to make acetate deicers (acetic acid, dolomitic limes, and potassium chloride) are expensive and in short supply at this time. Available in dry and liquid forms, acetates are commonly used on structural concrete, parking garages, and airports where chlorides are banned due to the corrosion potential.

Others: There are a vast amount of products but only represent a very small portion of the market: Urea, ammonium sulfate, glycols, and formates are the most common ones but again these are in pretty small numbers because of their costs or performance relative to the five mentioned above.

Overall, each ice melt type works well enough on it’s own, but with the right combinations of these products in the correct portions, you can form synergies that are very effective. Lets say you added a liquid deicer to rock salt (sodium chloride), you could lower the working temperature another 10 degrees and use 30% less product to do the same job. Talk with your local Russo Power Equipment sales representative for more tips and tricks for using your salt.

While to many people it may seem like there are way too many products to choose from, but if you spend a little time talking with one of our local Salt representatives at Russo Power Equipment and ask “what am I buying here” you can quickly separate the choices and they can help find the right ice melt that best suits your needs. Find your local Russo Power Equipment and talk with a sales rep today here.