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What are you using for ballast?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JDiepstra, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Hi guys. We all know it is imortant to use a ballast. What are you using? And how much does it weigh?

    I used 400# of bagged sand behind the axle last year. I am looking for a little more!
  2. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    cement blocks 480 lbs
    snow blower 140 lbs.
    sand ???lbs.
  3. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Salt spreaders!! Anywhere from 500lbs to about 12k lbs. :gunsfiring:
  4. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,621

    I have a 6 lead ingots that bolt on to a C channel that plugs into my receiver hitch. about #500
  5. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    I use the lowballers that I've "removed" from the business... :gunsfiring: :D
  6. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,372

    I usualy put some sand in the back about 100lb, or sometimes I will stick my ATV in the back wich weighs about 700lb.
  7. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Just make sure you aren't overweight!

    I use sand/salt mix in a couple of plastic bins. I figure that way if I need some sand for traction somewhere, I have it readily available. Plus the snowblower, crap in my tool box and accumulated snow from the storm...
  8. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    I use a concrete wall cap from a commercial wall. It is 12"x24"x48" and has a hook on the top it weighs 1350# and works great, all I have to do is through it in the back with a chain and skidloader
  9. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Leaning towards sand -bags and salt, since I have to salt some business and sidewalks...
  10. Stud Bro

    Stud Bro Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Rock salt in storage totes
  11. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    about 600#"s of sand bags over the rear axle, then bagged salt and snow blower between wheel wells and tailgate... so its probaly well above 1000#'s at the start of the night.
  12. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I use sand and salt bags. You may need to salt if you get stuck sometime.
  13. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    Last year: 800# ish, combination of salt bags and some other crap.

    This year: salt bags, and a bunch of fieldstone i have left over from a job.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2008
  14. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    I will be using tube sand, and probably a couple bags of salt just in case I need them to get unstuck :)
  15. bharry20

    bharry20 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    i use the other winter transportation in the pickup. comes in handy if you have a serious breakdown and need to retrive parts and tools if someone can't get to you, easy to load, just back up to a snow bank, though it isn't the easiest to unload by yourself, but can be done.

  16. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    i use somewhere between a empty V-box and a V-box with a ton and half of bulk in it LOL

    MRUSSELL Member
    Messages: 67

    we use a full pallet of salt in each of our trucks at the start of each snow
  18. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    I use sandbags, seems to be the easiest thing that ive come across since i dont have a spreader. I put a 2x8 in the pre- made slot in the bed to prevent them from sliding forward and to keep the weight as far to the tail as possible
  19. roadstar

    roadstar Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 4

    I use 550# of IH tractor weights between the wheel wells and the tailgate.
  20. Three fish totes with sand and/or small gravel. One storm last year I plowed with a pallet of bricks in the back; I figure it was about 2200 lbs. With all that weight, I never needed to turn on 4WD!

    This year I'm hoping to find a 1" thick piece of plate steel to put behind the wheel wells. Then I can run a couple bolts through the bed of the truck to hold it in place. The plate should end up somewhere between 400 and 500lbs and won't take up barely any space at all.