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    Front ballast?

    To compliment the "Rear Ballast" sticky, I thought we could toss around some ideas about front ballasting for us snow plow/blower users. If you do use a ballast box you are slinging weight way too far to the rear for decent front traction when your front implement is on the ground. Not too much trouble when using a blower, but a plow could be far more effective at an angle with more weight on the front wheels. I know I won't have any trouble with rear traction (rear chains + 4WD), but I'd like a simple and effective way to add 200# or so up front for plowing. (1026r) In my case liquid ballast in any of the tires is out.
    2013(12) 1026r TLB 54 QH front blade, 54D Auto Connect deck, ballast box, carryall

    '04 GX335, 48C, Johnny Bucket Jr., PowerFlow W/7bu. bagger, 42 snow blower, 48 Plow, JD front dethatcher, 10 Cart, Little-Brown Henway, Stihl 026P/20", Stihl 241/16", Stihl BG 85 blower, Stihl KombiMotor 110 w/string trimmer/brush cutter/edger/pole saw/hedge trimmer, Snapper 21" WB, Snapper 8/24 snow blower

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    A real heavy duty cutting edge, need traction....raise the plow just a touch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    A real heavy duty cutting edge, need traction....raise the plow just a touch.
    Yes, been doing that with my GT all along. I'd just like to "square up" the front weight a little. Seems a bit much to lever all that BB weight waay out back there.

    Plowing with smaller trucks I always liked my weight square in the middle of the wheelbase. Good performance with plow up and equal traction with blade down and way safer in a head-on event. 10 wheelers really don't matter, a sander or load in the bed gives great traction and little deflection. (Unless you catch a hidden culvert!)
    2013(12) 1026r TLB 54 QH front blade, 54D Auto Connect deck, ballast box, carryall

    '04 GX335, 48C, Johnny Bucket Jr., PowerFlow W/7bu. bagger, 42 snow blower, 48 Plow, JD front dethatcher, 10 Cart, Little-Brown Henway, Stihl 026P/20", Stihl 241/16", Stihl BG 85 blower, Stihl KombiMotor 110 w/string trimmer/brush cutter/edger/pole saw/hedge trimmer, Snapper 21" WB, Snapper 8/24 snow blower

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    I too have been thinking about this. I was wondering if 2 weights per side could be added to the front quick hitch with a simple bracket. I need to do some checking with mine after I order out some weights. The big thing I was looking at is making a dethatcher to mount where the blade would. I need the weights to balance out the three point bagger.

    I do not know if all front hitches are the same as I have a 2305. There is a partial round recess for a 5/8 bolt at the top, a hole for a 5/8 bolt several inches lower, and a hole for a 1/2 inch bolt a few inches forward. I have a simple design in my head, jsut don't know if it would clear an angled blade. The blower should be no problem as they don't angle.

    Might have to drop a note to Artillian or Heavy hitch....
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    While I was chaining up the GX in the shop today I was looking out at the 1026 and wondered about some suitcase weights attached to the loader masts. In my book that would be the perfect point to add a couple to each side...
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    2013(12) 1026r TLB 54 QH front blade, 54D Auto Connect deck, ballast box, carryall

    '04 GX335, 48C, Johnny Bucket Jr., PowerFlow W/7bu. bagger, 42 snow blower, 48 Plow, JD front dethatcher, 10 Cart, Little-Brown Henway, Stihl 026P/20", Stihl 241/16", Stihl BG 85 blower, Stihl KombiMotor 110 w/string trimmer/brush cutter/edger/pole saw/hedge trimmer, Snapper 21" WB, Snapper 8/24 snow blower

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