Trucking potash

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  1. bizbrick

    bizbrick Bobtail Member

    Feb 15, 2022
    Does anyone have any experience trucking potash for the mines? What is the best method? Thanks.
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  3. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    If my memory is right, @Long FLD and @Professor No-Name have hauled potash before. Maybe one of them will chime in.

    When I was working the oilfield in New Mexico, I remember seeing pneumatics coming in and out of the potash mines on Hwy 31.
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  4. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    I’ve hauled it before. You have to avoid building heat or the potash will get gummy. I used top air only to build tank pressure and didn’t have any trouble. I know of guys that used the fluffers and had a sticky mess and I know guys that used them and got away with it. I never wanted to take that chance.
  5. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    I did caustic soda beads with a special built pneumatic trailer with a huge desiccant can. It reacted with the moisture in the air to dissolve into that sticky mess except it was 100% caustic not the 50% liquid solution and could cause severe burns.

    We had to hook our blower inlet to the desiccant can and blow the 'dry' air thru the discharge pipeline for 15 min. to insure it was moisture free before we started to off-load. It did not have aerators, just top and line air.

    We watched the loader clear a plug on his end and you could see the beads that hit the ground melt in the humid sunlight on Jersey summer day.
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  6. Professor No-Name

    Professor No-Name Road Train Member

    Nov 26, 2016
    I used to haul it back in 97 thru 99. We called fly ash, or bed ash. If its the same similar product all ya can do is make sure the bed is dry when hauling it on an end dump. If any of the product is damp at all it's gonna stick. Dump very cautiously!!!!!!!
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  7. Lucky S

    Lucky S Bobtail Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Hopper bottom works good
  8. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

    May 2, 2010
    ludlow MA
    Frameless dump lined with plastic, I’d rather hit myself in the head with a hammer then haul another load of That sht
  9. Ezrider_48501

    Ezrider_48501 Road Train Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    bismarck, nd
    iv hauled quite a few loads of potash fertilizer in a hopper bottom. not really much different than any other load. its a fairly dense product and kind of angular so your have probably 50lbs worth to sweep the corners out when your done. and it contains some naturally occurring radioactive material. so when you cross the us/can border with it, it takes a few extra mins. can freak them out sometimes if they haven't run your plate number yet to pull up your load information cause it sets off there scanners. but over all not really any different than any other hopper load.
  10. NightWind

    NightWind Road Train Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Sunny South, AL
    Hauled it all over the country with a frameless end dump and roll over tarp to keep it dry.
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