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    Liquid rear tire ballast and mowing

    I'm thinking about adding liquid ballast to my rear tires for better traction when snow blowing. I'm worried this may make the tractor too heavy for mowing. Anyone here mow reguarly with loaded tires? How much weight does ballasting the tires on a2720 add?

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    If I do this I'll probably do it myself. How much fluid is required?
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    This chart is from rimguardsolutions.com. Hope it posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayh View Post
    How much weight does ballasting the tires on a 2720 add?
    I had my 2720 rear tires filled with washer fluid and it added ~180 lbs. per tire. (22 gallons per tire)

    I don't mow with my tractor but the ground doesn't have to be very soft before you can clearly see tire tracks.
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    i personally prefer removable weight / ballast to loaded tires. I have a ballast box on my 1025 for snowblowing and it's very convenient, takes 5 minutes to put on or off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhooper View Post
    This chart is from rimguardsolutions.com. Hope it posts.
    Thanks I was wondering how much ballast I added to my 4044M filling all 4 tires. Rear 13.6 x 28 610 lbs each tire total 1220 lbs. Front tires 8x16 125 lbs each 250 total all ballast adds up to 1470 lbs of extra weight. I need this for moving hay and plowing snow good. I also run a full set of heavy duty chains in the winter. There about to come off next month. I never notice any real damage the tires did to the pasture driving around. If it is soft the cleats pattern will show no problem cause the extra ballast, tractor weight and loader makes the tractor with out a load pushing 6,000 lbs. I could never plow our hills with out chains when there is ice under the snow. Been plowing snow here for 22 years and always used chains and loaded tires to get around good. The 4x4 is new to me and I love it!! Nice part of adding fluid for ballast is that the extra weight is on the ground not bolted to the tractor or being held up with the 3 point. It is what I believe called un/sprung weight being inside the tires only. That way there is not a extra strain on tractor parts. I use a rear blade most of the time and leave it on the tractor. I bet it weighs another 800 lbs for ballast till it is on the ground but helps when using the loader having 2000+ pound of ballast on the rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayh View Post
    I'm thinking about adding liquid ballast to my rear tires for better traction when snow blowing. I'm worried this may make the tractor too heavy for mowing. Anyone here mow reguarly with loaded tires? How much weight does ballasting the tires on a2720 add?

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    Iíve had the rear tires loaded on my 2520 since the day I bought it. And yes, I mow with it. Donít see any issues myself.
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    Iíve got the tires filled on my 1026r. I also have 2 sets of steel weights. I had intended to take the steel weights off for mowing. But I havenít done so as I havenít noticed any damage to my lawn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayh View Post
    I'm thinking about adding liquid ballast to my rear tires for better traction when snow blowing. I'm worried this may make the tractor too heavy for mowing. Anyone here mow reguarly with loaded tires? How much weight does ballasting the tires on a2720 add?

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    I mow about four acres with my 3039R with rear ballast in the tires. It does leave a foot print after it rains. According to the chart "sbhooper" posted, each one of my tires weighs 310 pounds filled with Rim Guard. Since I have the H165 loader I wanted to make sure I have enough ballast.
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    If you do a lot of loader work and use of your 3 pt hitch then yes add the liquid to the tires.If not then I would look into the removable weight.My x595 I have the Heavy Hitch with the weight that I can take on and off as needed.I only need it for loader work.The rest of the time I just have wheel weight.
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