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Ballast?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by DareDog, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,438

    last year had 5 sand bags in back of the truck worked great. well put them away for summer and few of them ripped. where do i find the bags? or do they not sell them? or was thinking using buckets? or other ideas for ballast? needs to be easy to remove them.
     
  2. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    5 gallon buckets with top work well and are easy to remove, only problem is they will slide around bad in the bed. Would take a few straps to keep them in place
     
  3. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    Home depot, in the cement aisle.
     
  4. Triton2286

    Triton2286 Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Well where did you get them last time?
     
  5. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,438

    last year was first year than i ran ballast and i got them from my uncle not sure where he got them.
     
  6. Triton2286

    Triton2286 Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Why not ask him first?
     
  7. Snoviper

    Snoviper Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    Lowes also has 60lb bags of multipurpose sand. They also usually carry 70lb bags of traction sand. The 60lb bags are $3 to $4.
     
  8. Wide Right

    Wide Right Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Yep, go to Lowes. Picked up 2 additonal bags this weekend. Definitely a little pricey though. Came to like $12 and change for 2. :mad:
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Frozen grass from a job last week,works good.

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  10. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,933

  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  12. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Are you always this friendly? Geez, give it a rest man.
     
  13. Triton2286

    Triton2286 Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    I'm sorry what was that?
     
  14. TwiceStroked

    TwiceStroked Member
    Messages: 38

  15. ppkgmsy

    ppkgmsy Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 73


    Her in VT, just about every hardware and building supplies store sells them. I use 60lb bags for ballast. They're easier to carry than the 70lb. I like bags because if I get stick on ice, I slit one open and I've got sand for traction. I move them indoors during the off-season so they often last a couple years.
     
  16. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    I use 40lb bags of water softer salt. At the end of the season I take them over to the daughters house and give them to her.
     
  17. Pirate8067

    Pirate8067 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    For $4.50/bag Home Depot has them right out front this time of year.
     
  18. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,438

    went down to lowes they had 3 pallet fulls, was thinking buckets with tops but it would be 75 cents cheaper than the sand bags so went with the bags. bought 5 of them should be enough.

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  19. 07PSDCREW

    07PSDCREW Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    I bought 10 80lb bags of Quikrete from lowes. It's low profile and was cheap. 26.00 I put each sack in a heavy duty plastic bag. They stack in the corner of my garage when not in use.
     
  20. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,933