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Max weight for snow plow

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by glennv, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. glennv

    glennv Junior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 12

    I'm buying a plow for my 2001 and was wondering what the max weight the jeep will handle up front. 300lbs? 600 lbs? The truck has a RE 3.5 inch lift so the company is fabbing a custom mount. I'm just concerned about the total weight.
     
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    With air shocks and #400 counter weight, my plow and mount weigh ~# 760
     
  3. glennv

    glennv Junior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 12


    Thanks for the info. just curious, what's a #400 counter weight?
     
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Also known as ballast, a weight added to the rear of the vehicle to counter balance the weight of the snowplow up front.
     
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    Ballast can be placed anyplace. placing it in front of the rear tires is not as effective as counter weight.

    ballast is typically places on the center of balance so as to not change the overall balance of an object or placed over wheels to aid in traction.

    Counter weight is used to COUNTER the weight of something. Elevators use counter weights. It wouldnt do to put the weight on the bottom of the elevator.

    Just ask anyone that fly's planes and ask what happens if you place the ballast in any place except the CG (center of balance).