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What is the safest thing to use for ballast?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by coolgreen, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. coolgreen

    coolgreen Member
    Messages: 53

    I use sand bags, but I'm concerned about them becoming projectiles in the case of an accident.

    Has anyone come up with a way of securing weight to the bed of the truck?

    I saw a post on here where someone was using cement blocks. They got into a crash and one of the blocks flew through the back window, then the windshield. I've been wary of those sand bags in the back ever since.

    There has to be a safer way.
  2. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,248

    Sand bags are the safest. Build yourself a brace in the back of the bed and secure them down. I use a pallet adn a couple of 2x4 on each end that hug the wheel wells and set the salt on the pallet and bags tuck right in between the pallet and tailgate. when i first started doing it I was not salting as much so i had to put more back there. Now with the weight of the tailgate spreader and the snow blower and salt I put a couple of sand bags back there still. just so when I get low on salt from being out for a long time. I still have good traction. I can get you a pic of the it today....
  3. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239


    i would go with the 2x4 brace's my self ,but if you dont mind spending the coin boss make's a nick one BALLAST RETAINER KIT
    Use the ballast retainer kit to hold sandbags securely in place in order to provide enhanced vehicle performance.

  4. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    I use concrete blocks (solid manhole blocks 70lbs apiece)..I made a(treated) wood frame 2X6 or 8..I ran one board in front of the wheel well to in side of truck bed & one in back ran one on each in side wheel well front to back length wise screwed together depending on the block size you can run one a cross the wheel wells my blocks are16X8X8 put a piece of rubber mat under it ...I have no problem with them sliding...The boards a cross the front & back wheel wells help hold it in place....By the way use the pink blocks they are water proof...I can get 5-700 lbs. of weight.in it..... No bags to get wet & freeze...
  5. M&A Property Maintenance

    M&A Property Maintenance Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    You could always pick up a back rack to prevent anything going through the window
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I put a bed mat down and none of my sand bags or ice melt have ever slid around. The rubber keeps most everything from sliding.
  7. iowaplowboy

    iowaplowboy Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 37


    I use #70 sand bags. I drive like a bit psychotic, and have never had a problem. But if you're worried, drill a hole on each side of the bed (in the floor) and put in a couple of rings and attach a ratchet strap across the bags. A couple of half inch holes would be big enough, and if you keep them out of the main beams you have a couple of extra drain holes that will keep your bed from rusting in the warm season.
  8. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    You could always troll a local bar at closing time and grab up a few fat chicks with out much problem!!!:D:D
  9. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,885

    dont you guys just use 50lb bags of salt? you are out plowing why not have something you can use if you need to?
  10. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    sand bags are probably your best bet but anything in the back area is a projectile when you get in accident...
  11. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    the cement blocks i frame and bolt together with threaded rod. Brace it against the sides of the bed and run 2x6 toward the front of the bed. They arent going anywere unless i flip the truck. And then the whole thing would come out in one piece (all threaded)
  12. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    I use cast iron grates off of like storm sewers. lots of wood hold them in place. I got hit by a fully loaded 3 ton dump last winter. They jumpd tore a whole in my bed then slid out of the truck. i have no idea i dont recall to much of it. I dont recall blacking out but ill tell you it wasnt fun pick up 500 lbs of grates off the road in a snow storm. But once i got my truck back it was pretty much the same thing and they didnt move all winter. So needless to say it would take alot alot of unsafe driving to move these and kill some one.
  13. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Put a truck tool box back there and fill it up with sand or salt. Fasten the box to the bed rails or the bed of the truck.
  14. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    this is something i actually thought of but I WOULDNT DO. The center of gravity is higher, plus the bed rails integrity isnt really that strong to but holding that much weight. I would be afraid of bowing in the bed .
  15. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

  16. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    A pile of sand in the back would probably be the safest. But if you are scared with sand bags get a back rack that covers your whole rear window.