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    2520 Ballast Box Build

    Im very new here but figured I would throw up a build thread for building my ballast box for anyone that cares! These first few are getting it tacked together and starting to take some shape. The steel is 3/16" thick. I had it cut where I bought the steel at so I wouldnt have to handle 2/3 of a sheet of 3/16 steel. I am doing all the welding with a Hobart Handler 125EZ. Its a pretty small welder but it will burn through 1/8 plate very easy and penetrates 3/16 great. I have welded a lot with it, mostly 1/8, 3/16, and 1/4, and never had a weld get broken.
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    Here are a couple of the lid I made for it. The box got partially painted, then I got anxious to fill it and got sand all over in the paint. So its all been sanded down smooth again and the box is repainted. Ill get some pictures of it in fresh paint soon. The lid is an angle iron frame and the lid is just plug welded down to that frame, since its not a structural piece. I wanted to keep warping to a minumin so it would still fit, so I just made some plug welds instead of fully welding the lid to the frame. The bolts that attach it are 1/2 grade 8. The nuts are welded inside the angle iron. The top perimeter of the box is 3/16 wall 1 1/2" square tubing. The lid is just a piece of 3/16. I filled it with 10 60# bags of sand. The box empty was heavier than I could move around, probably pushing 300#. So Im looking at around 850# minumum.
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    2013 JD 2520. H130 W/ 53" bucket. 62D. R4's. Home Made Ballast Box. Home Made Tooth Bar. 6' Howse Box Blade.
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    And thats all the pictures I have for now. I also welded a 2 1/2" piece of square tube, 3/16 wall, into the box to slide a hitch into if I needed it. Ill get a picture of that and it repainted soon. Also just got my teeth and shanks to build a tooth bar if anyone is interested in me making a build thread on that as well. I wont be starting on that until next week though when I have a few days off again.
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    Justin.
    2013 JD 2520. H130 W/ 53" bucket. 62D. R4's. Home Made Ballast Box. Home Made Tooth Bar. 6' Howse Box Blade.
    2002 Chevy Duramax, the other toy.....

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    Thanks for post, good looking build, looks like you added a hitch as well?

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    Great job Jess!

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    jessman388, As far as I'm concerned post up all the build post ya want. Build posts are always good and I think everyone can learn from them, the good and bad.
    Thanks.

    I like the idea of the D-Rings (Assuming there is one on both sides).
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    Thumbs up Welcome to GTT!

    Excellent first thread! The build quality looks great!


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    Welcome from New York, nice build, thanks for sharing.
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    That looks really nice and strong too. I was going to build one myself but then along came a gift certificate from family and the $50 deal from Deere. I couldn't pass up just buying one for a hundred bucks. Not that it matters bur I was going to use 1/4" angle for structure of the box (I have a bunch of scrap) and then just cover it with 1/8" plate.

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    Great job on that box! You will not regret adding the hitch.

    BTW,those of us that build our own boxes have to stick together.

    jessman388, As far as I'm concerned post up all the build post ya want.
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