Enter the current weight of the tractor and the total horsepower into the calculator to determine the ballast weight.
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Ballast Weight Formula
The following formula is used to calculate the correct amount of ballast weight for a tractor.
BW = 110*HP - TW
- Where BW is the ballast weight (lbs)
- HP is the horsepower of the tractor engine (hp)
- TW is the current tarctor weight (lbs)
To calculate the ballast weight, multiply the horsepower by 110, then subtract the current weight of the tractor without ballast.
What is a ballast weight?
A ballast weight is something, typically a piece of metal or another solid block of material, that adds weight to a vehicle in order to alter the handling or performance of the vehicle.
In the case of a tractor, it’s normally used to help provide better traction when moving.
How to calculate ballast weight?
The following example outlines how to calculate a ballast weight for a tractor.
First, determine the total horsepower of the tractor. In this example, the tractor has a 300 horsepower engine.
Next, determine the current weight of the vehicle. This vehicle weighs 25,000 lbs.
Finally, calculate the ballast weight using the formula above:
BW = 110*HP – TW
BW = 110*300 – 25000
BW = 800lbs