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    Can a pallet/plywood floor support a 1025r with loader/ballast?

    I want to make a floor for my ShelterLogic garage tent to keep the moisture away from the tractor's frame. A cheap and easy solution is to put down pallets and cover them with plywood. Do you guys think that can support the tractor with its various attachments?
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    That’s tough without doing the math.

    3/4” plywood - I would try it myself. I know exactly what you want to do and I hope something works. Nothing worse than parking on dirt.

    I remember when we lived at our old place - in the spring mud season we had to park our vehicles on planks or they would be frozen in the mud every morning.
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    I have stones down now...1" curshed or something around there. No mud, but when it rains, they get wet. Maybe water underneath condensing on the cold rocks above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    I have stones down now...1" curshed or something around there. No mud, but when it rains, they get wet. Maybe water underneath condensing on the cold rocks above.
    In my opinion there is always moisture coming out of ground - gravel or not. Plus the fact now your shelter is capturing it.

    Have you thought of or tried a tarp? Not a very elegant solution but it may help and it’s cheap enough.....
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    First, put plastic down under the pallets.

    If the middle rail of the pallets is directly under the wheels then you will have no problem.

    If the wheels end up half way between the rails of the pallets then I think you would need to have them covered with 3/4 plywood - not OSB. If the wheels are over the rails then 1/2 ply or OSB would probably be okay.

    Also, depends upon the pallets. Sturdiness of pallets varies greatly. If you were to use those blue pallets (forget what they are called) then you wouldn't need to use any plywood over them.
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    Thanks! I'll give that a shot.

    I also have a big shed, traditional construction. I plan to clear it out this summer. How can I tell if its floor can support the tractor? It's one thing if I crack some pallets, another if I break my shed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    Thanks! I'll give that a shot.

    I also have a big shed, traditional construction. I plan to clear it out this summer. How can I tell if its floor can support the tractor? It's one thing if I crack some pallets, another if I break my shed.
    Hard to say unless we know how the floor is constructed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    I also have a big shed, traditional construction. I plan to clear it out this summer. How can I tell if its floor can support the tractor? It's one thing if I crack some pallets, another if I break my shed.
    No way to know that without looking under your shed. If it's typical shed construction, they built a platform using 2x6s, 16" on center and covered it with 3/4" PT plywood. That may either be set directly on the ground, on piers or they may have run 3 or 4 4x4s underneath and set it down on those.

    If that's what they did, you'd probably be fine just laying down another layer of 3/4" plywood to disperse the load around. If the floor joists are perpendicular to your tractor, you could possibly lay down 2x12s and drive the tractor on top of those too. I just don't like doing that because I'm kind of a klutz and it leaves me something to trip over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W9GFO View Post
    Hard to say unless we know how the floor is constructed.
    You mean like joist spacing? I can go measure that later, if I can figure out how to look under it. But I assume it's standard/meets code for sheds, whatever that is.

    How do you generally tell if your shed floor can support your tractor? Just drive in and hope for the best? :P
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    I think you really have to take a close look at how your shed was constructed. Can you see lines of nail heads in the floor? that might tell you how far apart your joists are spaced...

    If it's a simple frame of 2x4's or 2x6's with 5/8" plywood on top and the joists are ONLY supported at the ends (no support in the center)... it's kind of iffy...

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    But, if there are several 4x4 or 4x6 stringers running the long way, with 2x6 or 2x4 joists spaced every 12" or 16", topped with 2 layers of 3/4" plywood.... Then that's different...

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