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Proper ballast weight?

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by Lake Affected, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Lake Affected

    Lake Affected Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I have a 2004 F-250 Superduty with an 8'2 Power V...do I need a specific amount of weight back there? I usually have 4-500lbs in bags of salt. Too much, too little or enough?
  2. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    that should be perfect. center it over the axle or just behind.
  3. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Thats about what I run, And it works out good for me
  4. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    07 F-350 CC SB, No weight in the bed , no problems pushing. Truck weighs nearly 8800 with out the plow. Plenty heavy, I would think.
  5. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Depends on your cab configuration.
  6. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I run about 900 lbs to offset the weight of the plow......plows like a tank.
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I would double or triple it. All the way back to the tailgate. Plowing will be much easier, and 2wd mostly.
  8. SnoPro Inc

    SnoPro Inc Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    Have an 8ft western straight blade on the front of a 97 250 pstroke. we have 1500lb's in the ass end. i plow most things in 2wd. Part of it is I get called when the other guys get stuck, just hope i dont get stuck :p
  9. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I would add 400 lbs more
  10. cameo89

    cameo89 Senior Member
    Messages: 669

    I carry around 1400 lbs including salt spreader and 50 lb bags of salt. I also do most of my plowing in 2wd w/ new tires.
    8-900lbs seems to be a good number.
  11. procutsnow

    procutsnow Member
    Messages: 49

    The weight needs to be behind the rear axle to act as ballast, if it's over the axle it's just weight.

    I run 900# and as others have said it helps tremendously, 2wd most of the time and it rides better with the plow on and off. Good luck.
  12. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    The old rule of thumb used to be to add at least the same amount of weight as the actual weight of your plow??? And the comments about it being all the way back behind the rear axle is correct. The actual weight of the truck has nothing to do with the weight distribution to the rear wheels and lots of trucks actually are almost helpless in 2 wheel drive with out the proper ballast. The arch in the rear springs seam to have alot to do with it, and if they set the back end of the truck way up in the air its almost certain it will have very poor traction....................... when you think about weight distribution and think about the amount of weight the engine and plow have down on the front end of the truck it is amazing they do as well as they do. If there is no ballast in the body, then the center of gravity is shifted way forward now, compared to where it was, without the plow hung out there ?????
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2011
  13. snowbelt5

    snowbelt5 Member
    Messages: 51

    i have the same truck and that is definatley not enough wieght. espesically with the diesel. I usually add about 1200 lbs of brick in the back and works perfect. keeps good forward momentum for parking lots too when your pushing heavy snow.
  14. Lake Affected

    Lake Affected Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Good info here, thanks guys.