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How much weight?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by KubotaJr, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. KubotaJr

    KubotaJr Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    After getting my new plow installed i plowed my drives without ballast for the last major storm we had. I was sliding all over the place, which wasnt very smart on my part. Anyways my question is how much weight should i put in the bed of my F250, i have a 8ft curtis. I was thinking maybe about 500lbs. Any input would be appreciated.

  2. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing Senior Member
    Messages: 718

    about the same weight as the plow or a little less what is the weight of the plow?

    I have 600lbs in the back of my f-150 my plow is 596 punds....about the same as the plow
  3. KubotaJr

    KubotaJr Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    The plow weighs roughly 700lbs, so i should basically put the equivalent amount of weight in the bed.
  4. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing Senior Member
    Messages: 718

    what is the rating on your truck?

    700lbs your going to feel that in the back. try just be sure not to over load your truck also look in your manual and on the website of the plow manufacturer.

    I paid about $31 for the 600lbs in my truck..
  5. KubotaJr

    KubotaJr Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    Im thinking 600 should be good anyways. Ill probly use sand bags since i have a dozen or so at the house.
  6. WINTER 3

    WINTER 3 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 80

    I would put at least what the plow weighs. My trucks plow better when they have more weight in them
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    The dude has a 3/4 ton...he could put 1000 pounds back there and be fine!!!! Just make sure you keep the weight behind the rear axle.

    98 F-150 4x4 w/timbrens
    Meyer ST 7.5
  8. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    I have a diesel 04 F250 and plow empty all the time without sliding all over. Infact I have great traction, and my plow and mount weigh in at around 700 lbs. Do you run in 4 x 4?
  9. GTMS

    GTMS Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    check your plow mfg's web site. My plow is 870 pounds and calls for 355 lbs of ballast
  10. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I too use zero ballast
  11. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Every plow/truck combo is different.

    I use a 2/3 rule. Plow weighs 1100lbs, put ~750 in the bed. Thats a miniumum though. We will add more as necessary.

    I just got an 08 F-350 Diesel with 8'6" Western MVP Plus. Without ballast i swear the back tires are almost off the ground wesport.. Have about 850 back there now, much better.
  12. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    I dont know how your truck can be much differen't, an MVP pro plus weighs in at around 900 lbs, 200 lbs more then mine but the front of mine doesn't even squat!
  13. Tommy10plows

    Tommy10plows Senior Member
    Messages: 345

    Weight issues

    So, why don't any of you use chains in the conditions you describe?

    I chain the fronts because that is where the weight is, but if it is really bad I can chain all four wheels. Nothing will stop me then.

    Merry Christmas to all of you. Enjoy your families, and have a peaceful day.

  14. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    Its illegal here.
  15. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    ditto, no chains or studed tires.
    if it gets real bad the DOT and city trucks run chains though.
  16. midwestsnowguy

    midwestsnowguy Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 36

    studded are allowed in michigan, your tire has to have a certain amount of tread gone on it before you can put them in and only between certain dates. all me trucks are studded, and DOT has never had a n issue with it.
  17. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    The 6.4 is quite a bit heavier than the 6.0.. I have coil springs too. Not thrilled about it. Hopefully switching over or at least making some changes in the spring. Its more of a personal truck at the moment, being new. I would rather run the older trucks first.
  18. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    ballast is the key for anytruck ive been playing with my ballast i got about 1200lbs . rough guess prob 750- 850 check with curtis dealer or there website
  19. NLS1

    NLS1 Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    I use 825 lbs at the back in a rack I made. I figure that's about what the blade and stuff weighs, so why not counter act it? Here is the link to the pictures of my rack, they are down a ways. Now that the weight is farther back, I only use 825, not the 1000 that I stated in the beginning of the post. The farther back the more effect it has.
  20. Michael M

    Michael M Member
    Messages: 80

    Check with curtis, but at least match the weight of the plow. I have about 1000lbs in the back. No problems