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Front gvwr?????

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  1. jrodgers

    jrodgers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    How do you work out what you can have as far as a plow goes with your front Gvwr from what it looks like if I have a front gvwr of 4670 geez I can have like six plows on my truck can someone fill in the blanks for me???
  2. karl klein

    karl klein LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    you must take in acount the motor and every thing else over the front rules what i did was went to a truck stop and weighed the front axle then minused that from front axle weight then take in to acount people accs i might cary
  3. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    go to a public scale,weigh the truck-with you and your passenger,ready for the road-sbtract the weight from the 4670 and you've got your front axle payload.Take that # and multiply it by .7 and that will give you a rough weight limit for the plow assembly.I use .7 because most of the plow is hanging 4 ft out on front of the front wheels,this actually pulls weight off the rear wheels and places it on the fronts- in addition to the total plow weight.A 700 lb plow will usually add 1000 lbs to the front end and pull 300 off the rear-get it.So even though you may have a 1000 lb front payload-the plow limit is about 700-unless you add ballast behind the rear wheels.what kind of truck is it?
  4. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 691

    Good explanation John.

  5. oldmankent

    oldmankent LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    John, I'm a little confused by the wording in your explanation for figuring out Front Axle payload. Want to run it by again with some numbers? Thanks.
    Jrodgers, on your door post there should be some numbers after your VIN. There are probably two numbers. They are weight ratings for accessories on the front of your vehicle. They only apply though, if you have an empty vehicle. And, you can go over the weight that the numbers say if you add proper ballast to your rear axle to take weight off the front. Ex. My truck has a FGAWR of 4600 lbs. My permanent accessory weight allowed according to sticker is 245lbs. My temporary accessory weight allowed is 400 lbs. so, supposedly I can put somewheres around 645 lbs. on the front of my truck safetly(according to Ford) Maybe even more weight if I add ballast in the rear. Your manual should tell you how to interpret the two numbers and where to look for them on your sticker. Good Luck.

    p.s, i have a Ford, and do not know if sticker set ups are exactly the same for different vehicles. should be pretty close though

    [Edited by oldmankent on 03-07-2001 at 05:07 AM]
  6. jrodgers

    jrodgers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    The truck is a 2001 Chevy 2500hd with a diesel. The total weight is 9200 and the front axle weight is like I said 4670 I think. I wonder how big of a Meyer plow I can put on it Meyer doesnt have a listing for my truck on their website. I say Meyer because that is the type of plows I use now and like to keep the same brand for parts compatability reasons and I just know them well.
  7. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    In regards to John's post, you only want to weigh the front axle, not the whole truck.


    This truck will handle the Meyer plow with no problems, save yourself any further work determining whether it will carry it....IT WILL. But if you do weigh it, let us know! How do you like the Duramax? Do you have the Allison too? Ext., Crew, or Reg Cab? Short or long bed? Sorry for the questions, but this is my dream truck! Take care of it!!

    Good Luck

  8. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 691

    The new Duramax Deisels all come with the Allison tranny... and so do the 8.1's.

    As far as weighing your truck, since you're already at the scale, weight just the front, then the whole truck, and then just the back. It'll give you a better overall picture of things.

  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943


    Dont mean to correct you but....
    Dont forget the ZF-6 speeds!

  10. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 691

    Oh yeah... thanks! I was only thinking along the lines of automatics.


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