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Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by Lee-Way, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. Lee-Way

    Lee-Way Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Is there a method for figuring the right amount of ballast ?
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I never use any ballast and I have a 2004 crew cab super duty with the V-10 pushing a sno-way 8'2" v blade. Never use ballast in any of our trucks.
  3. Lee-Way

    Lee-Way Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    I think I'm going to try it this year. Last year it would build up under the front axle and pack tight. :cry:
  4. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    I've heard it should be pound for pound to your plow. I've used more of a 60%-70% plow weight as ballast. I use 50# water softener salt bags - then in the spring I put 'em in the basement.
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Great idea Scott. Plus if you need it to melt ice it will work in a pinch.
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Ballast will improve your traction, and relieve some of the strain off your front axle.

    I never plow with-out it, My a*& end gets too light.:blush2:
  7. stangman35

    stangman35 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    On my 04 dakota my plow was a little over 400 pounds,i put 400 pounds of rock salt in the back.Helped a bunch.

    Used some on the sidewalk when I got home to.

    It will prolly help your ball joints live a little longer.
  8. pelt35

    pelt35 Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    I had a 04 F-150 with a Sno-way and I put an old tire filled with concrete in the bed over the wheel wells. I weighed the tire and it was 700# and leveled truck just right and provided great traction as well, I also installed a safety cable thru the ring in the center for a hold down for safety reasons/
  9. RYDER

    RYDER Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    I have a Snow-Way 9cf salt spreader on the back of my 03 F150 and I put 10-12 bags of salt in the bed to use in the spreader. works great!!
  10. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Each plow manufacturer will have figured how much ballast you need based on your truck and configuration. Consult the plow manufacturer web site.
  11. #1 plowtech

    #1 plowtech Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Hi Leeway,

    Sno-Way uses D.O.T. Regulations. They use the 65% of total vehicle weight over front axle, and 35% over the rear. That is with driver in vehicle,gas,(coffee cup),etc.

    I strongly urge the use of ballast. It is basic mathematics when it comes to installing a snowplow on the front of the vehicle,you need to compensate. Thats why you have D.O.T. Regulations.

  12. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    The regulation is "Front axle weight can not exceed 65% of gross vehicle weight" ands all manufacturers better be adhering to the FVMSSA limits or they are not only opening themselves up for massive fines but incredible liability damages as well.
  13. #1 plowtech

    #1 plowtech Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Westerns, (Douglas Dynamics),"back page" on customer info pack-

    Western Products makes snow and ice control products which are considered motor vehicle equipment. Installer is ultimately responsible for determining and correctly labeling vehicle with addition of snowplow or spreader selections. No product selected and installed shall render inoperative the vehicle's safety compliance.

    Basically, do your homework, and make sure the equipment your installing/purchasing is "right" for the vehicle. There is much more on the line than just some weight over the ass end. Good Day. Plowtech:)