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Ballast for Plowing

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by wsmm, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. wsmm

    wsmm Member
    Messages: 80

    Just had my plow mount moved over to my 1/2 ton Chevy pickup. Model standard cab work truck, 4.3l v6, 5 speed manual. What amount of ballast would you recommend in the bed for plowing. Should it be over the axle or more towards the tailgate. I'm thing of using bagged saned and then come sping I'll use the sand to fill in my dirt drive. I've always plowed with a SUV before, so neved really needed to worry about additional ballast.

    Thanks,
    Bill
     
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Putting the ballast as far back as possible will help take some weight off the front axle. I would start will 500 lbs.
     
  3. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    We always ran 11 bags of 40KG bagged salt... Right up tight against the tail gate... worked great!
     
  4. PDQ Pete

    PDQ Pete Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    Why not kill two birds with one stone sidewalk crew and ballast. :nod:

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  5. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    i wonder how they go to the bathroom? <a href="http://zaazu.com"><img src="http://images.zaazu.com/img/fart-fart-gas-gross-smiley-emoticon-000602-medium.gif" width="90" height="67" border="0" alt="http://zaazu.com" /></a>
     
  6. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I wonder how they walk, fit in a chair or through a door. They won't have to think about retirement.
     
  7. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I would agree 500lbs just in front of the tailgate should be more then enough
     
  8. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    Get it right - Get 2 birds stoned at once :laughing:

    Good ol trailer park boys....
     
  9. haejinjoe

    haejinjoe Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Wouldn't that be a bit heavy to use in a 1/2 ton truck? I would think the 500lbs would be a better amount for this truck.

    AverageJoe
     
  10. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    not IMO... I can that for a whole year in my 1/2 ton... Its really not that much weight at all when you think about it...

    Heck, I had a snowex V maxx 8500 2 yard salter with 2 yards of salt in my half ton for 2 years to..... I wount suggest that tho...
     
  11. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    that's a good way to get the DOT's attention!
     
  12. Medicjdl

    Medicjdl Member
    from 02893
    Messages: 68

    Yeah I know the DOT is cracking down around here this year. I usually put about 700lbs in mine. That includes the sander though, O and LOL on the fat chicks....