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Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by shanta74, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. shanta74

    shanta74 Member
    Messages: 72

    i need to put a lot of ballast in the back of my truck. i was wondering what a good ballast would be. i want some thing that is small and compact but very heavy.
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    I used sand bags my self.
  3. Mick

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

    Concrete blocks

    Bags of sand or salt

    Plastic tubs filled with sand

    A full V-box

    Steel I-beams

    and My favorite -

    Buckets of Magic Salt
  4. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,797

    Tractor weights, they even come with a handle on them!
  5. shanta74

    shanta74 Member
    Messages: 72

    thanks for the help i will probely use sand bags since they are easy to move on and off considering i use my truck to haul scrap steel to the recycling centers and cars to the junkyard and also im joing to use it to plow this year
  6. Ole Tower

    Ole Tower Senior Member
    from MAINE
    Messages: 210

    ---I Use Concrete Blocks they Weigh 40 lbs each & by placing a Plank in the Rear of Your Wheel wells their Easy to handel--to Put In or Remove--in a Really BAD Deep Storm I fill the Entire Bed & never have had a Problem BALLAST Wise!--OleTower--

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    i have always used the sand tubes myself, i believe they weigh like 60 pounds each if i remember correctly. something like 4-5 bucks a tube.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2007
  8. shanta74

    shanta74 Member
    Messages: 72

    i am also looking for a good brand of 16.5 inch rim winter tires
  9. CNY Plow

    CNY Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    R U Serious

    you had the solution all the time.

    Lets see ... hum.... pull junk off truck... put sand bags on truck....go plow...pull sand bags off truck...load junk back on truck...go to scrap yard.

    got it!!!
  10. CNY Plow

    CNY Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    i don't know pricing where you are, but i can go to most of our local supply yards (stone yards) and load a pickup full for $7 - hand loading, not using their equipmant. they're usually accomodating to contractors in this area. check 'em out in your areas.
  11. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    got 2 55 gal plastic barrels fill with water both are around 1200lbs got them like 3 buxs a barrel i stole a one from work that we had degreaser in it
  12. RipT

    RipT Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    LIBERATED !! LIBERATED ! ! Not Stole

    Just like we "Liberated" Iraq

    Solid concrete blocks works for me.....especially since they were free.
  13. shanta74

    shanta74 Member
    Messages: 72

    thanks for the help i am going to use sand bags i found a place were i can buy the bags empty and fill them for free at the stone quary that my dad works at



  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Wet sand will freeze and the tubes will become torpedoes.

    You will want to use dried sand and a water proof bag inside of your sand bag.
  15. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    The problem I found with sand bags is they rot. 1 - 3 seasons and the bags are gone and the sand is everywhere. For me I have no place to dump the junk once that happens. Sooooooo, I've gone to water softener 50# bags. Then in the spring they get walked down to the softener and all is happy.
  16. RipT

    RipT Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    Yeah....some years ago I got several seasons from tube sand bags, the more recent ones desintegrated in less than one season exposed to the sun.
  17. shanta74

    shanta74 Member
    Messages: 72

    i work at a school and we just had our flat roof repaired and they took all of the peble stone off that was used for drainage and are giving it to anybody that wants it. i was wondering how that would work in empty sand bags. the stone is smaller than 1a's
  18. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    thats what im doing this coming season. half cores in the back corners of the bed. one straight up one laying down. tow straight up on the one laying down. another laying down. two more straight up on that one laying down. then one straight up. lined up like that on each side in back corners and i picked up some nice long 5/16 bolts to run through the open core sides to bolt them all togther so they dont move.
    leaves the center and front of the bed open and a opening of about 33" on the tail to still have access to load things (snowblower/sand). 16 of them all together.
  19. CNY Plow

    CNY Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    I don't know why it wouldn't work as ballast.
    By-the-way, it's not on the roof for drainage it's there for Ballast.
  20. PhantomRacer

    PhantomRacer Senior Member
    from boston
    Messages: 128

    When I swap to snow tires.. I just throw my summer tires in the truck bed for ballast. Works fine on my 94 chevy with my snowbear!