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How Much Ballast?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by pete_4410, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. pete_4410

    pete_4410 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I run an 01 f550 with a 9ft fisher mm1 and i wanted to know how much ballast i should have?
    the only thing i have right now is two dump tailgates in the back that weigh a couple hundred pounds each is that enough?
     
  2. mackclmodel

    mackclmodel Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Does it have a dump body ? If so a yard or two of sand
     
  3. pete_4410

    pete_4410 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    yes it has a dump body but no tailgate. the tailgates i have in the back are to small and came from other dump bodies. i could put pallets of sand with ratchet straps.
     
  4. mackclmodel

    mackclmodel Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    That should work, how's the rubber on the truck ?
     
  5. pete_4410

    pete_4410 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    not the best it could use rear tires.
     
  6. mackclmodel

    mackclmodel Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    What do you plow ? Lots or streets
     
  7. pete_4410

    pete_4410 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    i only plow streets
     
  8. mackclmodel

    mackclmodel Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    For Taunton ? Have the loader guy give you a 1/2 bucket and put the hammerdown. The cops won't brake your balls for not having a tailgate
     
  9. pete_4410

    pete_4410 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    ok and you don't think any of it will fall out
     
  10. mackclmodel

    mackclmodel Senior Member
    Messages: 164


    I asssume the truck has a 8 or 9' dump body, it shouldnt be a problem if it is take a shovel and trim it up a little. Get ready for some serious money your looking at almost 2ft of snow for taunton area payup
     
  11. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    The sand with ratchet straps dosnt sound bad but im no where close to expert.
     
  12. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Just dump bulk sand into the truck and shovel any a foot or so away from the back edge of the bed. You'll be fine. The more weight the better.
     
  13. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    when my 4x4 went out i put 500 lbs of salt and a couple hundred of snow. feeling the difference it made i wish i was a little closer to 1000 lbs. probably a bit much for my truck, but when i do have a bigger truck i plan on always having around 1000 lbs.

    plastic 55 gallon drums are great for it. 3 of them gives you around 1200 lbs of water, and is easy to dispose of in the spring.
     
  14. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I highly advise not doing the 55 gallon barrels. Tried that when I bought my first truck. Can't see in the rearview mirror if you use it. I personally don't use it much as I'm used to pulling trailers constantly, but sandbags you'll be fine with.

    I put 1500 pounds of sand in my 3/4 ton with or without the plow on it, if I'll be putting the plow on and taking it off at least. Otherwise if the plow is off for a long time or I'm going on a trip I only have 200-300 in the bed. Makes me wonder if someone put 1 ton suspension on my truck.
     
  15. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Who even need a Ballast for that truck The dump body should take care of the ballast
     
  16. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    lay them on their side.
     
  17. Chris112lee

    Chris112lee Member
    Messages: 64

    Why would you even run ballast?
     
  18. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    it makes a HUGE difference. iv been having to go without 4x4 lately. the only way iv been able to is using ballast. so iv seen first hand exactly how much difference it makes. plan on having my 4x4 back this weekend. and ill never go without ballast again.
     
  19. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    One of my dump trucks doesn't have a spreader this year so for the blizzard we put 3 rectangular boulders in the bed totaling about 3600lbs. Made a huge difference. Monday morning, I had him dump them at the shop so he could use the truck for snow relocation. He ended up having to plow all morning instead. He could see a huge difference and was really wishing for the weight back.
     
  20. pete_4410

    pete_4410 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    How much weight should i run in the back. im not running and mc blade just a normal hd.