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How much ballast?

Remsen1

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Barneveld, NY
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?
 

RB

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Hey John,

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

Ron

P.S.
I've only plowed storms less than 3" so far. lol
 
OP
Remsen1

Remsen1

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Barneveld, NY
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.
 

JCurtis

LawnSite Senior Member
Remsen1,

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

FISHER
 

Kent Lawns

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Midwest
Remsen1,

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.
 

plowking35

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
S.E. CT
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.
Dino
 


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