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to much weight?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by QKSnowRemoval, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. QKSnowRemoval

    QKSnowRemoval Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    This is kinda stupid question but, can you have to much ballast weight
    ? And if so does it affect how the plow scrapes? I ask this due to the fact that western site say i should have only 170 but as of now i have 10 sand tubes that are 60 to 65 a peace so that 600 to 650 of ballast weight. Is this good or bad even tho western says i only need 170 and this is on a 1500 with hts plow, o by the way the plow weights 425 450
  2. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 938

    Having ballast in the back of your truck should in no way affect how the plow scrapes because its the weight of the plow that creates the "down preasure" for scrapping. So no ballast cannot affect your plows scrapping ability. UNLESS you have a chain lift system and did not leave enough slack in the chain for the plow to touch the ground.
  3. overtime

    overtime Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    I put 800 in back of mine. Boss said I should have about 660.
  4. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    The Ballast picks the front of the truck up to be more level. It doesn't pick up the plow. Not to mention that it gives you much more traction.
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    No problem with more weight. More makes plowing easier too. The only way it would affect scraping is if you put so much weight in that you raised the mounts on the front of the truck. That would be alot. I think what you are running is fine.
  6. QKSnowRemoval

    QKSnowRemoval Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    well thankx for the great insight guys, btw i know how ballest works but i didnt know about how much u could put in.
  7. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Just to give you an idea, my ideal ballast weight is supposed to be 450 pounds. I carry about 1300 pounds of salt in the back of my truck to kill two birds with one stone, ballast, as well as salt for my lots.
  8. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    We run 980lbs in the back of our f-350 and it does great, I think your fine.
  9. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I run around 800-900 lbs of ballast.