While waiting for my 3046R/320r/72" 4 in 1 bucket to be delivered, I'm trying to read and learn as much as I can about proper operations.
I've read about ballast and plan to have a full box of concrete (probably with ext) on the back when using the loader. If I understand correctly, that is intended to offset the loader weight at maximum lift on level ground.
The capacity of the bucket is 4.5 cubic feet, or 1/6 yard. That amount of Class 5 weighs about 475# and the empty bucket weighs 425#. About 900# FULL, so things should be in the "safe" range.
I'm guessing that a considerable margin of safety could be gained by taking a half a scoop of dirt when operating under less than ideal conditions. Probably easier, safer and less strain on equipment than trying to add even more weight to the back.
Is my thinking correct or am I missing something?