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Balast Idea

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by stevesmowing, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing Member
    Messages: 78

    I've always used sandbags in the past. However they are a pain to take in and out and only last a few years before deteriorating. I just installed an electric hoist in my shop the other day. It made me start thinking about plowing ballast. 6.6 ubic feet. This should give me around 990 lbs total I think. I would cast eye bolts into the top of it for easy hookup and rigging. Anyone else do something similar to this?
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2009
  2. icudoucme

    icudoucme Senior Member
    Messages: 367


    I used an engine lift to pick up a couple concrete blocks I made. I forgot to use rebar so they only lasted a few weeks.. This year I found a railroad tie and cut it into 2 sections that will fit in my bed. I welded a couple flanges onto the tie to make picking it up easier/quicker. You'll like it. Good luck!
  3. EIB

    EIB Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    dump insert, salt spreader, and about a ton of salt
  4. jwwieberg

    jwwieberg Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    sand bags

    I get used truck inner tubes, cut them in half and fill them with sand from the sand box then tie them with baling wire. They will last forever and free. They weigh 70 - 100 lbs.