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My ballast weight project

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by mrwinter, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. mrwinter

    mrwinter Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 45

    Hear is some pic of my latest snow related project. What I did was take a 2x12 and make a L shape box to fit in the bed of the truck. The steel plates are from an elevator counter weight they have v cuts in the ends to make it easy to move. The plates are bolted together with 5/8 threaded rod and sleeved with 3/4 PVC . Also the plates sit on a 2x3 that has been lined with 1/2 rubber. The weights are also separated with 1/8 " orange kydex. I have 700# of weight only 150# in the pic, this project cost me a can of red paint all the other materials came from work enjoy Adam




  2. caddytruck89

    caddytruck89 Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    I use sand. It comes in bags. seems kinda dangerous to be riding arround with steel plates in your bed. A few years ago i got t-boned in my plow truck. Those sand bags where every where. I couldn't imagine if those were steel plates.
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I like it. Looks like it's pretty well secured to me
  4. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 981

    I hope no one needs to use the elevator at work. :help::realmad:
  5. caddytruck89

    caddytruck89 Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    Am I missing something?? It appears like the steel plates are bolted to the wood, and the wood frame is just sitting on the bed floor. I never really payed attention to securing cargo in the bed of my truck before that accident. Just some food for thought. My hitch reciever a good 70ft away 100lb sand bags 20-30ft. Not critisizing your work at all, real nice. Just seems kinda like a liability. With laysuit happy people everywhere, could you imagine if that ever flew out and hit someone. You would be living in a van down by the river
  6. mrwinter

    mrwinter Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 45

    Do you think the same thing when you see 1000# sander in the back of a truck? The plates are bolted together and lock into the side of the pickup bed the are used for plowing only.
  7. mrwinter

    mrwinter Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 45

    I love to tell people that the stairs aren't broken:waving:
  8. caddytruck89

    caddytruck89 Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    I knew you would take it the wrong way. I am just speaking from an expirence i've had. Don't take it personal. It is a good idea, and nice work. Just not 4 me.
  9. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Hey Caddy,

    I live in a van parked by a river! What's wrong with me living out of my van? You got a problem with people living out of vans? Them are fightin' words! Don't make me come down your way in my house...errr...van and give ya a beatin'! wesport

    Oh, nice pic! lol :laughing:
  10. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Looks good.
  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827


    I like it...I might rip the ballast idea off.

    Good Job.
  12. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    Could you get me some of them weights? id be interested in that
  13. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    Sounds like a good country lyric..."livin' in the van...down by the riverrr....oh yeah baybeee..." man it better snow soon...
  14. mrwinter

    mrwinter Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 45

  15. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    Looks good, I use sand bags too.
  16. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    Its from a chris farley movie...
  17. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    put a frekin strap across that thing....a strong one at least..

    I second the "flying out of bed" comment.......IT HAPPENS.....t bone the truck and you now have a 700lb projectile...

    at least strap it down....................nice idea........looks very clean....

    but if 700 lbs of steel came through your back window when you rear ended someone and killed you it might be worth the 20.00 strap

    or if some stupid soccer mom cuts you off and that thing goes out the bed and through her mini van with 10 kids in it......well..
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2009
  18. asps4u

    asps4u Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    Or what if this happens? http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=90584 I agree, strap it down. I do like the idea though.

    Looks simple & compact enough without having to stack a bunch of sand bags like I do. And don't worry about the people not being able to use the elevator now, they probably could use the exercise anyway! :laughing:
  19. mrwinter

    mrwinter Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 45

    What soccer mom is driving with 10 kids in a snow storm? maybe a skier mom with 10 kid if ,she cant see me with my 50" Whelen 9 edge god bless us all LOL:laughing: I had planed to strap (not pictured) it down but Im waiting to rob our truck driver for 3" heavy duty one. Why buy when the job supplies:D
  20. Mister Plow

    Mister Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 138

    It's actually from SNL. Chris Farley plays a motivational speaker.