Counter weight?????

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by leeddog65, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. leeddog65

    leeddog65 Member
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    What is everyone using for ballst?
    How you locking it in, so its not shifting around

    I use a block of wood, but would like better ideas.................
     
  2. Hydromaster

    Hydromaster 2000 Club Member
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    You had it right in the tittle“Counter weight”

    Some make boxes out of redar that hold sand bags.

    I block off the rear of the box , lay in a few #70 sand bags then park a 2stage snowblower on top.

    I run zero ballest as im not in a roll over situation.

    (Posted as to not disappoint buff)
     
  3. 1olddogtwo

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    I use 200 gallons of fuel for ballast.
     
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  4. BlackBeauty

    BlackBeauty Member
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    I use tube sand from home depot. It's win-win: if.I get stuck I slick one open. Pretty durable bags and easy placement side by side over.rear axle. I've used same bags for 3 years !
     
  5. chrishill3677

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    I use bags of sand or salt I got from Walmart. Cut out a piece of 2x10 and wedge behind wheel well closest to the tailgate. Load all the bags next to tailgate. Counter weight has to be behind the rear axle next to tailgate.
     
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  6. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
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    C channel with lead that plugs into a receiver hitch ~350#
     
  7. BUFF

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    Real pickups with leaf springs, a manual transmission, Steel flatbeds and a big block don’t need counter weight....
     
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  8. Hydromaster

    Hydromaster 2000 Club Member
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    are you out drinking with the 21-year-olds again
     
  9. BUFF

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    Nope.... been drinking since 10am at home.Thumbs Up
    Just had supper and now it's time for some Rye.
     
  10. midnight pumpkin

    midnight pumpkin Senior Member
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    #1 counter weight is an Ebling back blade. I also run about 1,000 pounds of sand/salt in buckets and tools etc.
     
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  11. sota

    sota Senior Member
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    I want to make something like that, but it's bloody expensive.
     
  12. Philbilly2

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    Fuel in a transfer tank was one thing i used

    Tractor wheel weights/ suitcase weights was another

    Water softner salt worked well too... then just put it in the softner when the season was over.
     
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  13. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
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    YEARS ago I got the lead weights from garages (wheel weights) for free.
     
  14. jmassi

    jmassi Senior Member
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    I have a 500# steel plate that i drop in my truck. Works gret.
     
  15. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck Senior Member
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    Depends on the plow and truck, 180#-900#. I use 180# of bagged garden soil, guess where it goes come spring? And spring is near!!
     
  16. PLOWMAN45

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    solid concrete blocks i use like 10 its like 850lbs get you a picture of what i made its behind the wheel wells
     
  17. Mark Oomkes

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    What's wrong with pool salt?

    Ebling backblade on trucks without spreaders. Spreaders loaded with salt on the rest.
     
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  19. BUFF

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  20. PLOWMAN45

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