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Building a Steel Drop In Ballast

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Daner, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    Rainy Day here today...So I decided to build a drop In ballast ,so I can drop It In with the skid steer or tractor

    Its mostly all heavy 1/2" thick angle ,some 2x2 square stock and 1-1/4 plate

    I use to just add pcs of steel every winter...and I thought It was getting to hard on the back

    Notice That Its bolted to the bed ,so there no sliding around

    I picked It up with the tractor using the lug In the center...then I moved some pcs of steel around so It was balanced

    The bar sticking up In the air Is a handle to hang on to when your climbing In the bed of the truck

    How much does It weigh?? good question...But that truck has the rear plow It weighs 330 lbs.

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  2. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Good idea and sweet shop!
     
  3. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    more pics2222222222

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  4. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    I scraped the ideia of those mounting tabs...I was to hard to get to the bolts under the bed...you wiill see the new ones I added
     
  5. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I was thinking that it could be deeper and filled with cement.
     
  6. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    new Ballast low center of gravity

    more pics In the truck Installed........all left over pcs from jobswesporttymusic

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  7. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    New Ballast

    If I need more weight I will add old crane track pins...I have lots of them

    But I think Its going to be heavy enough the way It Iswesport
     
  8. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    pic of new mounts

    Ok ,Here's a pic of the new mounts that clip behind the bed

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  9. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Pull plow isn't enough added weight to the back end?
     
  10. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187


    It only weighs#330

    I tryed It both ways last year...I work better with the added weight

    note theres a V plow on the front of that truck
     
  11. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Daner, I would invest in a shackle for that hole on your ballast that you lift from, as that metal will cut that nylon strap you are using.
     
  12. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187


    Your right...and I have lots of shackles hanging up In the stock room

    Good point and good eye

    Daner
     
  13. dmcarpentry

    dmcarpentry Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 234

    how do u like the arctic and what did u pay i am very interested in that setup ?
     
  14. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    The Arctic Is great...and I forget what I paid...check with your dealerpayup

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  15. randym99

    randym99 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Hey Daner.a friend of mine built kinda the same thing for his truck.He didn,t want to drill any holes so he came up with four swinging (cargo bar) screw jacks that swing in under the box edge and clamp between it and the floor.I wondered if it would bend the edge but so far it seems to be working for him.How do ya like your welder? I have the mate to it along with its sister tig machine aand love both of them.Talk to ya later.
     
  16. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    I just wanted to make sure it wont fly through the cab If I hit something

    Years ago I knew a rig welder that hit a tree one morning...the welding machine In the bed was not nailed down...It went right through the cab of the truck...tore the whole cab right off the truck.

    Anyway that MiG machine works just fine for me...Its done some heavy fab work...and I also have the Lincoln tig machine...Have a good winterussmileyflagtymusic