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what do you guys use as ballast?

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by serafii, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. serafii

    serafii Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    i was at the shop today, pulled out the plow and threw some ballast in the bed.

    got a whole bunch of work to be done to the plow. these new plows are made soo cheap compared to the old speedcast models. the moldboard and the ribs are soo flimsy.i gotta reinforce the outter ribs because ive been straightening them out atleast twice a year.

    while i was there i also threw in some ballast onto the bed. hopefully it'll be enough. all i gotta do to the truck is turn the t-bars 2-3 turns.

    i got a quote to sanblast and paint the plow/mount. the guy wants $300. definitely better than taking 2-3 days off work to sand/grind it down and paint it myself. only down side to it is that it wont be fisher yellow anymore. he uses a standard yellow, that he uses on all his other blast/paint jobs. its almost like the yellow from an old CASE loader.

    i was just wondering what you guys use as ballast and how much. lets see some pics.





  2. serafii

    serafii Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    the last one is a picture of what it looked like when i took it home from the dealer.
    poor thing went thru war


  3. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,372

    The blade looks like it's brand new now. Nice ballest set up also.
  4. serafii

    serafii Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    the plow looks like it caught a beating, the last picture is from 2006 when it was new
  5. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,372

    I just read that woops sorry. You should post some pictures after it got painted.
  6. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    A SnowMan pull plow. Works as ballast, too, among other things it does.
  7. Welderguy24

    Welderguy24 Member
    Messages: 87

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ What he said :nod:
  8. serafii

    serafii Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    im hoping the paint shop is open tomorrow so i can bring it in, if not its going in monday and should be ready by the end of the week.

    i wouldnt spend money on a back plow for a pick up with i have my new holland with a 7'-11' pull plow on it. although i love those ebling plows.
  9. docsgmc

    docsgmc Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    home depot ....sand bags...$1.50 for a 20 lb bag
  10. OHSIX6OH

    OHSIX6OH Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 25

    I have been using the 70lb. sand tubes from Lowes. They work great and gives you something to throw down on the ice . Only pissah is they sometimes will freeze up solid :)
  11. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    I use sand also ....
  12. leepotter

    leepotter Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    I got 500lbs of sand bags.
  13. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    I don't plow but I still use sandbags for ballast
  14. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    Bags of salt or tractor weights. Sometimes both.
  15. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    loaded sander/salter. plus bag salt plus snowblower

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Very creative with the ballast. I use my ebling
  17. serafii

    serafii Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    Thanks, I'm just waiting for my fall clean ups to be over then I'm gonna be adding about 10-12 40kg bags of salt
  18. timberjack

    timberjack Member
    Messages: 96

    I use a 100 gallon slip tank, it stays on year round, bolted down to the bed. Though it's just above/ slightly ahead of the rear axle, but imagine the extra 800-900 pounds helps anyway. I make sure i load up on fuel when there's snow forecast.

    Last edited: Nov 6, 2010
  19. habart30

    habart30 Member
    Messages: 58

    I use 10-12 concrete blocks. May seem funny, but in Michigan its cold enough that snow fills the bed of your truck, and stays there all winter. The snow compacts the blocks so they don't slide around. Worked great for me last year :)
  20. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    I have four 5 gallon buckets at the tailgate 2 full of concrete and rock and 2 are salt buckets. Plus the snow blower, 6 bags of salt, spare tire, and all my tools in the bed box, I figure I am somewhere around 800 to 1000 lbs.