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how much ballast should i have ?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by gmcsirrra, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. gmcsirrra

    gmcsirrra Member
    from maine
    Messages: 78

    I have a gmc sierra 1500 ext cab how much weight does everyone think I should have ? thanks
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    40,000 lbs. Minimum!!
  3. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,123

    600-800 pounds behind the rear wheels will do wonders.
  4. Green Feet

    Green Feet Member
    Messages: 44

    If it is a Fisher or Western, their websites will tell you based on your truck and what plow you have.
  5. remac

    remac Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I have a Sierra 1500 too, with a Western poly plow.

    I put in 10 60# bags of tube sand behind the rear wheels.
    It made a big difference in traction especially if front end
    got lower when pushing snow off a driveway crown.

    Be sure to put in some kind of bulkhead to hold the bags
    other wise they slide all over the place and don't help.
    If you hit something they can become missiles.

    I think Western had some simple designs that would work.
    I have a bed liner with slots for 2"x whatever boards and 63" long.
    The boards slide in better when bedliner is warm but they don't move.