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how much ballast

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Jeepjimmy, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Jeepjimmy

    Jeepjimmy Member
    from ny
    Messages: 57

    96 ram 2500 reg cab 8ft bed. western unimount 7'6 not a pro plow. after yesterdays storm. im going to need some kinda ballast. how much weight would be a good choice?? thinking two cesspool covers i can get. or one of those huge cement blocks for making a wall for stones. any idea on amount of weight? im not really sure how much i should really add to make that difference.
  2. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    400 - 500lbs should be enough
  3. stg454

    stg454 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I run 600# in my Dodge 2500 Quad Cab Diesel with good results.
  4. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Why do you need ballast for that little weight? I run many trucks and dont have any ballast in any of them. Lots of deep heavy snow too.
  5. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    Dodges have a bit of rake and weak front ends. So it helps. Plus the extra weight allows you to plow in 2wd longer
  6. RacingZR

    RacingZR Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 400

    With tht setup I would run 500-600 lbs. Eve that will barely squat the truck but should help level you out. I run around 1200 lbs. with my 9.5' XV.
  7. jjklongisland

    jjklongisland Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    I used concrete curb stops... The ones I have used are 400 lbs each... The fit right behind the rear wheels and dont move... They worked great for me...

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    For standard plowing 600-700#. When faced with a mountain of snow, 10"+ then 1500-2000lb. Your truck will perform much better and not get kicked around by the snow piles so much. NTM plow most of the time in 2wd.
  9. zjm

    zjm Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    I use a 4' dia. road slab 950# plus my tools,chains and snow im figuring im at about 1100-1200#'s.Pushes like a tank. My truck info is in my sig..
  10. UglyTruck

    UglyTruck Senior Member
    Messages: 210

    I try to run at least 1000#. i know guys that dont run any ballast and i have run none at times also, but the truck pushes much better with enough weight to balance out the plow.