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What to use to weigh down the truck?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by LR3, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. LR3

    LR3 Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    I bought a pickup to plow with this year. I am not putting a salt spreader in the back and I'm wondering what you guys use to weigh down the back end of your truck. I don't want it banging around in back as I'm pushing into piles or accelerating on dry roads. Thanks for any help.
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    V box spreader?
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    A bbw ? :)
  4. f150skidoo

    f150skidoo Member
    Messages: 46

    Look on Craigslist for someone getting rid of 24"x24" patio stones. They weigh around 90lbs a piece, lay them down flat so your bed is still use full.
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    What do you use the truck for while in the winter. That might help in determining your options
  6. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Go to Home Depot and buy bagged plyground sand. Easy to handle, won't bang up the truck bed, and when( not if) you get stuck you'll have some traction by the shovel full in the back.
  7. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    I stack a row of 20 inch "green" Red Oak rounds across the back. Easy in, easy out.
    But I was thinking of filling 2 or 3 walmart sourced plastic storage bins (the blue ones with the snap on covers) with salt/sand mix. Should be able to ratchet strap them in the back by the tailgate.
    Or maybe build a 2x6 frame to sit in the space behind the wheel wells to hold them.
  8. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,478

    A 2 x 12 in the slots behind your rear wheel wells, and then a bunch of tube sand.
  9. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Be careful of salt. If you're plowing gravel it'll pull the frost out and make a muddy mess.
  10. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,220

    That's what I did. 6 to 8 bags.
  11. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    I use a half a pallet of side walk salt.
  12. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    That could be useful when you're falling asleep in the middle of the night.
  13. LR3

    LR3 Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    That's a great idea. Thanks. Two, actually.
  14. LR3

    LR3 Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    Do you use the salt or is it just there for the weight? I really don't want salt in the back even though I have a Rhino liner.
  15. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    I occasionally use a bag or 2 as needed but its mostly there for the weight. Its a win win for me.

  16. Diesel Dan

    Diesel Dan Senior Member
    Messages: 219

    2x12" in the slots and some rocks or concrete block laying around is what I use.

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    get a couple parking stops
  18. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    or a really heavy bumper..:laughing::laughing:

    93dodgew250cummins likes this.
  19. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931


    some of our guys that don't spread take our bagged salt, stack sometimes an entire skid in a full bed pickup truck,, some even put a sheet of plywood overtop and still can load in their snow blowers on top and strap them down.
  20. ponyboy

    ponyboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,104

    Please post more pic of that old girl reminds me of my dads dodge think 93or 94 it was a lemon cuz the side window had an air leak but that thing ran strong when he traded it in couldn't kill that thing