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Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by 91AK250, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,657

    i was finishing up tonight, from the 6" of snow overnight... now the last 2 days have been in the 40s which turned everything into a skating rink of ice..and no one salts here..so its ungodly slick out.

    i went to push into a pile at my grandmothers house and dropped over the edge of the driveway and thats all she wrote...i wiggled the plow as i rocked it...wasnt working since it was glare ice..so i got looking in the garage and found a bag of salt so i put a ton around the rear tires infront an behind...alittle around the front tires but it was mostly snow...after rocking it i finally got her out..took about 20mins tho i ALMOST got my grandmas AWD 300c with blizzaks out to pull it out...but that woulda went over like a lead ballon.

    BTW- i've never used ballest before..an tonight the truck was loaded to go to the dump tomarrow..full of trash and im AMAZED at how much more traction i have with some weight back there..i allways run in 4x4..but the rear likes to go side to side on me..tonight not nearly as much..i'll be looking into a good safe way to add weight:jester:

  2. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,657


    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    i always run ballest, even tho my truck doesn't drop much with no weight in the bed when i raise the plow, its night and day how much better it pows with weight, i run anywhere form 600-800 pounds in the bed.

    also this is what i use, you can buy it at any home depot/most hardware stores, they range form like 40-60 pounds each depending on which ones they have.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2008
  4. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,657

    thanks! i've been looking at different options, i'll have to take a look at home depo tomarrow. im just worried about keeping bed space and keeping it tied down incase of a wreck..
  5. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    If you have a bed liner there is slots for 2x4 2x6 etc. drop one in there and SCREW it down. If not then just make a quick box to put IN FRONT of the tubes to the front of the bed to hold them in place. Easy as pie.
  6. buttaluv

    buttaluv Member
    Messages: 83

    Man, I like that truck, I've never commented before, but it is a nice looking older truck....
  7. Danscapes

    Danscapes Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    I'd say you need different tires if you get stuck in that little of a rut.
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    I would never even think about plowing without these up against the tailgate of pickup!
  9. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    Nothing like getting stuck on a pile at a church where you can't cuss as you dig yourself out. :gunsfiring:

    Weight makes a huge difference.
  10. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    theres about a billon guys who do. u put them up against the gate it keeps them from falling out the back.then u build something that keeps them to the back. i am not one of them i cant see over my gate so it comes off and i have a 2x10 or 2x12 that i put in. i carry cast grates thou. thou this year they keep breaking my hold downs

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    i take my tailgate off in the winter so i can see better when backing up, and i just use a 2x4 in the slots in my bed and the bags dont even move.

    pics horrible but you get the point.
  12. OakhillsSnowdiv

    OakhillsSnowdiv Member
    from mass
    Messages: 75

    thats to bad , love the truck BTW
  13. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    hey AK,

    What kind of wings are they?
  14. theguynextdoor

    theguynextdoor Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    Ballast is key. I made a frame to hold my ballast in the bed because I take the tail gate off to see better. The frame comes right out if i need to take it out and it just fits in the grooves for 2x4's. I plowed without the sand in one time, it sucked. I can drive much better in snow without going in 4x4 with ballast and the front end doesnt drop to much with the plow. I have about 500 # in the back. Probalby could use a few more bags.
  15. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,657

    i got them from the local boss dealer, they also installed them..they work amazing and are very stout!

    the tires are pretty good, they are older BFGs with 95% tread. as i said it was a ice rink...it wouldnt have matterd if i had studed tires it was so bad..once i put some salt down to get atleast ALITTLE traction it pulled itself right out.

    i was a bit sad it was the first time this year i got stuck, luckly i got out on my own though hehe:bluebounc
  16. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    i carry a 30 ft come along 20 ft of chain and a tow rope hopefully never have to use them. but time is money
  17. KINNCO

    KINNCO Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    Are plow guys the only people that carry cameras:waving:
  18. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,657

    that was the funny part, once i got out and looked..i went to grab my camera and was like ****! i frogot it!...luckly my buddy had his :) haha
  19. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    almost any phone u buy anymore has a camera
  20. KINNCO

    KINNCO Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    Yeah haven't made that jump yet. MY NEXTEL SUCKS. I'm looking to ATT
    for phone,web and weather radar.