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Looking for plowing tips

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Polarisjunky, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. Polarisjunky

    Polarisjunky Junior Member
    Messages: 3


    I am new to the forum and looking for some plowing trick and techniques. I have read thru all 41 pages of the jeep forums.

    I currently have a 72 CJ 5 with a 304-3 speed manual. I believe it is a 7ft meyer plow. I have not seen another like it on any other jeeps. I currently have about 900 lbs of sand in the back.

    I only plow my drive way at my cabin in Northern Michigan.

    I would like to know if I have too much weight in the back?

    I am thinking of going with tire chains to help with traction. Thoughts?

    This pic is before adding any weight. Now it is level when the blade is lifted.

    Thanks for the help


    72 CJ5.jpg
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,395

    Should be good with that amount.
    More is gooder....up to a point tho.

    Have you plowed with the weight yet?
  3. Polarisjunky

    Polarisjunky Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have plowed with the weight. I still tend to spin out side ways or the plow blade would track toward the blade angle with the truck following in that direction.

    I wanted to add chains to help with traction.
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,395

    You might want to look into skinnier tires.
    Looks like they are on the wider side.
  5. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,797

    x2 on that one.

    Tires that "float" on mud also "float" on snow. And the term "float" when it comes to traction for plowing is another term for suck Thumbs Up

    Tall and skinny brother tall and skinny
  6. 32vld

    32vld Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 622

    Instead of 900 lbs of ballast how about being it is only your own driveway why not just go out every 2 inches and plow with the storm.
  7. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,797

    You understand the concept of ballast is to offset the weight of the blade right?

    Something as light as a jeep, I can say that I would never think of not having ballast for shear safety reasons.
  8. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    I used to plow with the same set up . Never put that much weight in it though.Had skinny snow tires on it and it would do the same thing , Jeep would push sideways off the pile . Best bet is to plow with the storm if possible . Chains on all four would help . Miss that old jeep .
  9. Polarisjunky

    Polarisjunky Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I don't live there, so I cannot plow with the storm. I try to get up there every week or two. I may look into purchasing a tractor with a loader in the future. I had some help last go round. My first time getting stuck. Did I mention I am a rookie at this.


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  10. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,094

    Narrow tire's like a 7.50-15 with an aggressive tread will be a huge help. The CJ being light to begin with the wider tire are killing you, keep the ballast in it.
    If you chain up the tires you have on it be aware the Dana 30 is a small diff and the 304 under the hood will start snapping half shafts in the diff and you could also snap the front drive shaft if you're not careful.
  11. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    900 lbs ???

    Wow !

    I have a 3/4 ton diesel dodge, and I only run 500 lbs in the back. IMO, you're way over the capacity of that vehicle and are asking for breakage issues from all that beef in the back.

    Or maybe those older jeeps are tougher than I would imagine wesportwesport