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WAY too light

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mcwlandscaping, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    ive had my plow on a few times lately, and when it is on, the back end is VERY light. I spin the tires just turning a corner after a stop sign without even trying to do it. Fisher site says i only need 400lbs of balast for it but i don't know if that is enough. Reason i want to get other opinions is that if it is substantially more weight i need, then ill find the cleanest way of getting that ballast. I don't want to just keep shoveling sand in until i get to where i want to be!! So, anyone have any opinions weather or not 400lbs will be enough ballast in the back or if i need more, about how much more do you think?....

    thanks
     
  2. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    have you driven around with the plow and 400# in the back yet
     
  3. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    It's not just the amount, it's where it is. get that amount in the right spot, and try it out.
     
  4. cjasonbr

    cjasonbr Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 635

    Put the weight behind the back axle. Get the tube's of sand at the local grain store. Cheap!
     
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    The more ballast the better, Pick -ups are notouriusly tail light anyway. My Dodge won't move until i throw a loaded salter in the back, then it's a beast.
     
  6. meathead1134

    meathead1134 Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 170

    I've got close to 1K lbs in the back of my truck in the winter. Go to home depot and get tubes of sand, very cheap and clean and easy to put in and out. I also have a big plastic tookbox that I fill with sand for more weight and if I get stuck I just put out some sand. Most of the time I am able to plow in 2 wheel drive beacuse of the weight
     
  7. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,715

    Keep putting in weight till it looks and drives the way it should.
     
  8. jkitterman

    jkitterman Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    What is your truck and plow setup? If you post it, some others may have the same and will be able to comment.
     
  9. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    he has a 7.5 fisher mm1 on a gas k2500 chevy. Mike put like 1000lbs in the back and she is good.
     
  10. Groundwork

    Groundwork Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 56

    MCW,
    I have the same truck as you and when I was running my 8' Fisher I had 8, 70lb tubes of sand (580lbs.) in the back of my truck and it seemed to work for me. A few more would would'nt hurt. Actually you need to get a v-box and then you won't need to worry about ballast, plust there is more money in salt.payup
     
  11. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    Their recommendations are usually quite low. I found that even though they recommend only 600# in my truck, it is better off with at least 1000 lbs.
     
  12. Brian's Lawn

    Brian's Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    how cheap exactly are these?
     
  13. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    About 4 dollars 5 80 :D


    RCGM
    Brad
     
  14. meathead1134

    meathead1134 Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 170


    what he said
     
  15. jcesar

    jcesar Senior Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 492

    I put 750lbs in the back of mine, with a 7.6 Western Unimount. Seems to work well.
     
  16. Brian's Lawn

    Brian's Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    alright thank you