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Ballast

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Mr. Horsepower, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Mr. Horsepower

    Mr. Horsepower Member
    Messages: 39

    I just moved up from having a HomeSteader on my Explorer (8 years no issues) to installing a Western HTS on my 07 Tahoe. I'm going to want to put some ballast in the back for traction and a little counter balance. What would you guys use for ballast.

    It's a carpeted rear area as opposed to a pickup bed, so I don't want to throw an old
    I-beam in there.
     
  2. bighornjd

    bighornjd Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    Lay a tarp down first then maybe stack some bags of sand or salt back there. If you get stuck, it can be used to help you get out, or if you don't use it you may be able to find another use for it once winter is over. I would think you probably wouldn't need more than 4-500 lbs at the most. Good luck.,
     
  3. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I would think 300 - 400 lbs would be plenty
     
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Let the kids ride in back while you are plowing.

    A few bags of sand should be fine.
     
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    bags of sand and a few of salt too
    whatever the plow weighs is what I would use for ballast
     
  6. Mr. Horsepower

    Mr. Horsepower Member
    Messages: 39

    Thanks everyone for the advice. I picked up some 60lb bags of sand. Easy to load and unload and also to "adjust the ballast. I guess I'll know how much I really need after the first snowstorm, which if the last few years are an indicator, should be around the first week of December.

    Thanks again
     
  7. JeepTJ

    JeepTJ Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    In my Cherokee, I put my sand/salt combo in one or two covered, 18 gallon RubberMaid containers. It keeps most of the sand out of the Jeep and I use it to spot sand driveways or sidewalks. I get the sand/salt from our town's winter sand pile (free to homeowners). At the end of the season, I remove the containers and store them outside, next to the shed.

    You may also want to consider getting one of those cargo floor liners for the back of the Tahoe. They are easily removed and washed clean. Something like these:

    http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/performance_sm/chevy~cargo_liner~performance.html

    Fran
     
  8. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Try to get the weight as far back in the cargo area as possible. Not easy in a Tahoe of course. But the weight will still help.
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2010