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Best form of ballast...

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Merc1100sc, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    Whats the best form of Ballast to run???

  2. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908


    This has been talked about alot... do a search...

    You will find a lot of people use some sort of bags material... salt, sand, water softener sand. Also it probable is not a good idea to not use something too solid like cinder blocks...

    I use the tube sand you can pick up at local stores. I place them tight against the tailgate and use then built a sort of L-shaped cover out of wood. The cover locks into into of the grooves in my bed-liner so it the bags cannot slide around.

  3. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    Yeah, I was thinking sand. i figure go to home depot and buy a few bags.
  4. meathead1134

    meathead1134 Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 170

    Cheap enough there. I paid less than 3 dollars a piece
  5. SnoFarmer

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

    Some thing dense and heavy??
    How about using "Insert name here" to sit on the tailgate!!!:drinkup:
  6. sixspeed

    sixspeed Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    She's probably in the cab of the truck!!! :)

    Sand in 5 gallon buckets. My bags always rip or froze together making it a b#tch so i started dumping them in 5 gallon paint/drywall mud buckets. End of problem. A couple of PT 2x4's drywall screwed together and a ratchet tie down and they stay put...
  7. I use these

  8. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    haha.. thats funny
  9. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    they come in 40 or 80# bags? cant remember
  10. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    I believe mine were 60# bags....
  11. gino

    gino Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 94

    i bought mine at wally world. #70 Bags.
  12. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    I put 2 tarps over the wheel wells, and place 12 bags of 50# salt on top, and then wrap the tarp over the salt. That way when im all done, I can just pull the tarp and all the bags come out at once.
  13. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    10-12 bags of De-icer (60#) tarped and as they are used to spread, we go out to the shop and load up more...:waving:
  14. btrussell

    btrussell Member
    Messages: 65


    I use plastic tubs (20 gallon rubermaid) and I used to go to the beach just down the road and put about 150 lbs of sand in each. The other day i went and bought fillable sand bags and took the sand from the tubs and put about 60 lbs in each bag and now I just stack the bags inside the tubs. The bags make it easier to take out and put in and Im thinking of maybe getting a single large tub to use instead of the 3- 20 gallon ones. Anyway I use a racet strap to hold them tight against my tailgate. Works well for me. Just my two cents.
  15. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    My family was in the jewelry business for 60 years but we closed shop a couple of years ago. Anyway, we have several thousand tap and die sets that just sit on the shelves (worth 2-3 grand a piece years ago, but are only worth scrap now) and the larger ones weigh 160+ lbs. so this winter I'll just load 4 of those bad boys in the back, and there's over 600 lbs.
  16. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    ok, went to the Depot last night and bought 420# worth of sand bags.. did make quite a difference. the truck rides better and doesnt squat as much up front when the blade is lifted.. also easier to drive around in 2wd w/ the plow on.. my question is, is 420# enough for an 05 ext cab 2500hd w/ a fisher 8.5V?
  17. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    My dealer here recommends 800 lbs of ballast weight with a plow. I think we run 720 and it works great! But if it's working for you why load on more!
  18. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    seems good, but, i guess the more the better as long as its not hurting the truck, which i wouldnt think 550-600#'s would. would it?
  19. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    Fisher recommends 450# of ballast for your truck and plow setup. I would do around what they recommend.
  20. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    good point