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weight for the back of the truck

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by pfeiff, Oct 11, 2005.

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  1. pfeiff

    pfeiff Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 5

    I have a 95 dodge ram 1500 4x4 and i need to add some weight to the back. how much weight should i add and what should i use? I have about 20 cinder blocks left over from a addition, would that be good enough? Thanks
     
  2. murphyslaw

    murphyslaw Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    well to start what are you doing with this rig, are you plwing or just driving around town, if plowing what plow are you using, how heavy is it. I run an old style meyers steel plow and with my 3\4 ton trucks and i use around 1,000 lbs. of counter weight. never had a prob with traction. and it levels the trucks.atleast 200 of the thousand lbs is salt(just incase i have a traction problem).
     
  3. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
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    I don't know what you have for a plow but a good place to start would be to go to Fisher Plows website. They have a place on there where they let you input your truck,then select a plow(pic their version most similar to yours)and they will tell you how much ballast to use.
     
  4. finnegan

    finnegan Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    i think hes asking what everyone uses for ballast- i use 400 pounds of steel pipe cut in half and chained down in the bed
     
  5. 2004 f250 psd

    2004 f250 psd Member
    Messages: 57

    hi i have f250 & 8' hiniker c plow it's 830lbs and i have 1000lbs of salt in the bed +500 in the spreader so a total of 1500 lbs
     
  6. stumper1620

    stumper1620 Senior Member
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  7. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
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    No he's asking what & how much he should use, not what others are using. How much more precise than a Mfgs guideline do you want to get? What you like, I might not. I thought that would be a good benchmark. :gunsfiring:

    p.s. I use 40 lb bags of icemelt or pelletized lime.
     
  8. TRUE TURF LAWN

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    20 50lb bags of salt works.
     
  9. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
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    Generally, plow manufacurers will recommend 3/4 the weight of the plow be used for ballest. I find that its best to use as much ballest as the weight of your plow. I would go with 500-600 LBS in the bed of a Ram 1500. Cinder Blocks do the job fine, they are also easy to secure in the bed, just run a chain or stronger rope through all of them and anchor to the sides of the bed so they dont go anywhere.
     
  10. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Why are we putting weight in the back of a 4x4? :confused:
     
  11. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
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    I hope you are kidding, considering that your profile and signature indicate that you do have some experience plowing.
     
  12. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Yes, but I've never had to put weight in the back of a 4x4...Only 2wd 1 tons.
     
  13. finnegan

    finnegan Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    so you dont kill the suspension on you truck by hanging a 1000lbs. on the front of it:nono:
     
  14. TRUE TURF LAWN

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    i never put weight in i dont have this problem.
     
  15. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
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    So this way you kill your front from having 1000 pounds up there, and kill your rear by have a few hundred pounds back there...Makes no sense to me but ok.
    :confused:
     
  16. TRUE TURF LAWN

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    so you hever heard of timbrans!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  17. TRUE TURF LAWN

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    and theres no plow on the market that goes on a pick up truck that weighs over 1000lbs.
     
  18. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Well the Blizzard 8611 weight is 1470lbs.
     
  19. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Sorry, I was just letting you know. :jester:
     
  20. RYDER

    RYDER Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    I would use some bags of sand and some bags of salt.
     
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