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How much ballast?

Discussion in '<a href=http://www.plowsite.com target=_blank ?>Sn' started by Remsen1, Jan 12, 2001.

  1. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    How much ballast should I have in the back of my truck? I have a 95 Dodge 1500, short box with plow package (heavy springs in the front, raising the plow lowers the front of the truck by about 1-1.5") The plow is a Meyer's, not sure of the weight and I haven't measured the width, but I think it is 7.5' or 8'. My idea was to line the bottom of the bed with cinder blocks, this would give me weight and a flat surface so that I could still put things in the back. If done right, they wouldn't shift around to much. I have a bedliner so scratching isn't a concern. Anything else that I should keep in mind?
  2. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,489

    You got the ballast.
    Meyer's plows make great ballast.
    Now you just need a plow.
  3. frogman

    frogman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    I've got a 2500 (long bed) and, at a minimum, keep 5 bags of salt (400 lbs) and a spreader (I think 125 lbs). No probs.
  4. DaveO

    DaveO LawnSite Member
    Posts: 238




    Check out Fisher's new web site. They have a lot of tech info onhand. The ballast figure may be a little on the heavy side for you, since the Meyers blades are lighter.



    [Edited by DaveO on 01-12-2001 at 12:42 PM]
  5. RB

    RB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 306

    Hey John,

    Stop slamm'n the best plows and pumps made -- MEYER!


    I've only plowed storms less than 3" so far. lol
  6. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,489

    You're right.
    Best danged ballast on the market today.
  7. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    This plow came with the truck. I'm not exactly happy with the Meyers plow either, but I've made a few adjustments to it and it seem to be working good now. It is giving me a good idea of what to look for when I buy a new plow.
  8. JCurtis

    JCurtis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 292


    Heres another idea of what to look for when buying a new plow.

  9. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870


    The amount of ballast will depend on where in the box you put it: 1000lbs if you put it up front, 500lbs. if at the tailgate. Split it and put 700-800lbs. over the axle.

    Granted, Meyer isn't my favorite brand either, but some of these guys must have difficulty reading sales reports because Meyer has sold more plows than anybody else except Western.
  10. plowking35

    plowking35 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S.E. CT
    Posts: 1,687

    Just because they sell alot of plows doesnt make them the best.However I will saythat their plows 8' and up are alot better built than the 7.5' and down.

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