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Question about weight for plowing?

Discussion in '<a href=http://www.plowsite.com target=_blank ?>Sn' started by Kraco_1, Jan 29, 2001.

  1. Kraco_1

    Kraco_1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Can someone tell me if it's better to have weight over the rear wheels or behind the rear wheels? And how much is enough? I'm knew to the forum here so I hope it's not a stupid question, I'm also knew to plowing. Thank's...Kraco_1
  2. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    I would think over the wheels.
    On how much depends on what size vehicle you have.Anywhere from 500lbs.to 2000lbs.or more
    Just my 2 cents....
  3. Kraco_1

    Kraco_1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Ok thanks Mike, and btw it's a 2001 Chev. 2500 ex cab. I was thinking of useing about 6 cinder blocks but I guess I better get some more if I need that much weight. Thanks again for the help. Kraco1
  4. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    I think with that wheelbase,you would need a little more weight than the blocks.Maybe someone is running that same application you are.Good Luck
  5. sly

    sly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

  6. Kraco_1

    Kraco_1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Hey thanks for the help on this and i'll re-think what I'll use for weight. Maybe a few of you guys could tell me what you use for weight? Thanks....Kraco_1
  7. plowking35

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

    Well it varies around here. Most run a spreader of some sort with material in it, or the bed of the truck. So that pretty much takes care of the weight issue. I have a sub that runs just a truck, we weight him with a bucket of snow during the storm, and that does him fine.
    If that doesnt work, try befriending a person or business with a fork lift, and have them load a 1/2 skid of your choice in the back, and when done, just return the material. Use blocks or bricks or something along those lines. Or use bagged salt on a skid, that way when you need it, its already there.
  8. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    The farther beyond the rear wheels the less weight you will need.

    Watch out with cinder blocks they can put a healthy divot in the back of the cab when they come loose. Fill some burlap sacks with sand instead.
  9. Plowboy

    Plowboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    my method was hardly scietific, I just kept adding salt behind the rear wheels, untill my truck was at the same ride level with the plow on as it is when empty. THe less weight you can carry and still get the job done is the correct amount of weight, less #'s in truck = less wear and tear on everything. My truck f250 reg cab takes about 1000# to balance everything out. some guys I know don't carry any and others carry 2k+ in the bed

    just my thoughts
  10. Kraco_1

    Kraco_1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Ok thanks guys for all the good tips, sand bags sound like a pretty good idea so I guess I'll try that. I got an old army air mattress, I thought about filling with water but not so full that when it froze it would break. But then I thought if I needed to get rid of it before spring I'd be in trouble. lol.... Well anyway, thanks again....Kraco_1

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