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Ballast Idea

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by William B., Jan 16, 2005.

  1. William B.

    William B. Senior Member
    from S.E. IA
    Messages: 978

    Saw this advertised during Trucks today. Do not know how well it would work if you had to carry a snow blower or something else in the bed.

  2. Plow King

    Plow King Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Are you going to mix the water with antifreeze...or?

    It would freeze if you didnt.
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,923

    put a case of jell-o in it and give the kids some straws!!!
    the things some people will think of!!
  4. ChipsEarthWorks

    ChipsEarthWorks Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 105

    It says it only adds 340 pounds of weight to the back of truck. Personaly with a hd 2500 ram your better of putting no weight in at all and deal with having no traction. Good idea for the smaller trucks of the averege person who dosent plow of sand but I do not think it will work on the hd trucks like we use
  5. I personally think a couple packs of roofing shingles works better than any. They can be laid flat from the cab to the tail gate and still provide a solid floor to carry a load.
  6. trying to make

    trying to make Member
    Messages: 41

    I thouhgt I was the only one carrying shingles.I would carry something else if I were not using my Blazer though.Wet shingle wrappers pi#% me off.

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    I've been using cement blocks!
  8. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Water weighs 8.5 pounds a gallon.
  9. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    Reading the FAQ''s on it, I see you can double the weight by going up to 6" of water in it instead of 3". That should be plenty.
  10. catskill

    catskill Junior Member
    Messages: 26


    am currently running nine 70pound bags of tube sand...works for me and they are only about four bucks each.carefull with those cement blocks simplowguy i was coming though an intersection in route to a customer last week,cab lights are on and a 8ft fisher plow on the front.this ***hole in a white minivan
    pulls right out in front of me,i had my 4year old son with me (buckled up).i got on the binders and avoided hitting the dork,but man did that torque me up.the thing that makes me wonder what was going through his little brain,i had the green light,2002 f250 superduty is not exacty a compact car he had to have seen me and still pulled out.
    sorry,had to vent a lil' :gunsfiring:
  11. Cfdff85

    Cfdff85 Member
    Messages: 84

    I posted a forum a few days ago asking if anyone saw that show, or knew about the bladder. LOL I heard Stacy say you can still put about 500lbs on top so your bed is still usable I'm liking on trying it out.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2005
  12. Ole JIM

    Ole JIM Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    Weight in BED--Cement Blocks

    I have used cement blocks for yrs--I make a thin steel 1/16 wedge on rear of my wheel well so I have a 90* vertical angel--& install an 8 inch plank from side to side fill that area w/ my blocks--smooth side UP!--each block weighs aprox 45 lbs--works Great--& their easy to remove if Needed? & their NO problem loading & un-loading my Snow Blower--& If?? I do hit some-thing? I don*t have to Worry! about them Sliding around! & even If? the Do Freeze In? An Easy Tap w/ stick of stove wood will Break E*m Free!--I have built an TT unit for a second Tier of Blocks-but--to Date have never used it!--truck rides Good & Plows Great!--Best I have Found! & I have Tried just about Every-thing?--Ole JIM--
  13. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I saw that bladder thing in a catalog too last week. Don;t like it. It claims freezing will not harm it, but it's not enough weight. 300 lbs may be fine for a half ton like a 'Yota, but not a full size truck. I have a wood frame that fits between the wheel wells and is chained to the back tie down cleats to hold my 10 60Lbs tube sand bags from sliding forward PLUS 2 totes with salt and sand salt at the gate for spreading adding another 200 lbs or more. Some times I have over a half ton of sand/salt in the back- and in a pinch I have extra sand in the tubes.
  14. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    if we get a heavy enough snow and need weight in the pickups we just use snow and load it up with the skidsteer....