What to Use for Weight in a Snow Plow Truck

Weight Considerations

With the continuous motion and the sometimes back-and-forth nature of plowing, it is important that whatever weight is chosen to be added to the back of the truck, it should be so placed as to not slide around. Weight that slides around in the back of the vehicle can do significant damage to the vehicle.

Types of Weight to Consider

When considering weights that are less likely to slide around, a variety of options can be considered. Options should include considerations on how the weight will be secured, if it is likely to break or spill as a result of the plowing efforts, or if it is easily removed if necessary.

The best weights are made of soft materials. Ideal solutions could be sand tubes, sand bags, bags of salt or other similar weights. A good way to do distribute this weight is through use of multiple bags of the materials of roughly 40 to 60 pounds each. This will allow the weights to be removed without too much difficulty, if needed.

Liquid-filled containers can be considered, but will typically freeze during cold weather operations, and become solid. Without proper securing, these can easily slide around.

If properly secured, weights such as cement blocks or heavy metal plates can also be considered.

Filling the bed of the vehicle with materials such as sand or gravel is also possible. While this can be more convenient if the vehicle has a dump box to empty itself when the weight is not needed, it can make for another good option for weight in a plow truck.

Dangers

Using hard weights or weights that are no secured can not only cause damage to the vehicle, but it could also cause injury to the occupant. If sudden stopping is needed, or it happens as a result of running into a hard object while plowing (such as a snowbank or a curb), items in the bed of the truck may shift violently enough to penetrate the passenger area of the vehicle. When using a truck for snow plowing, the weight of the plow on the front end of the truck will cause the rear end of the truck to feel "light;" this can result in lost traction on the rear wheels. To counteract this loss of traction, weight added to the back of the vehicle is necessary.