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    Ballast Box vs. Heavy Hitch ?

    For a 1025r what's your preference, a ballast box, or a heavy hitch? If a BB what do you use for ballast. If a Heavy Hitch which model hitch and which size weights? I think they make 42 lb. and 70 lb. The HH seems like a good idea. Looks like the weights are easily added or removed and the tow hitch is always ready for use.

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    I have the Omni mfg transformer, which is similar to heavy hitch. I use 8 suitcase weights, giving me about 500 lbs with the transformer and 3ph on the rear. I like this approach because I can still tow or drag, and the transformer also accepts a basket on top. Easy to remove the weights too. In the summer, I remove the weights and put the basket on. The basket holds a ton of tools or whatever you might need with or without the yard cart. The weight box is cheaper though.
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    I'll second the omni transformer and suitcase weights. Have been using them for about a year now without issue and find plenty of uses.
    1025r TLB w 60D MMM & Independent Lift
    SN 114287 Built April '13 received 8/21/13
    180 degree thermostat
    Omni Transformer w/ integrated weight bracket
    Single Point
    Ken's Bolt on hooks
    Artillian Forks (42")
    Full Compliment of Wheel Weights (340lbs)
    Custom Seat Springs

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    Not familiar with the Omni but I'll google it. Which size weights do you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcreek View Post
    Not familiar with the Omni but I'll google it. Which size weights do you recommend?
    I have the 42lb weights. If I had to do it over, I'd have Omni set the hitch up for the 70 pounders (raised weight bracket) and run some of both.

    TRANSFORMER Platform with Integrated Weight Rack - OMNI Mfg LLC
    1025r TLB w 60D MMM & Independent Lift
    SN 114287 Built April '13 received 8/21/13
    180 degree thermostat
    Omni Transformer w/ integrated weight bracket
    Single Point
    Ken's Bolt on hooks
    Artillian Forks (42")
    Full Compliment of Wheel Weights (340lbs)
    Custom Seat Springs

    Kubota 326H 72" deck ZTR

    Stihl MS361, FS250R

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    Must be missing something, but it looks like the tow hitch receiver has to be added to the transformer. The photos of the transformer platform by itself don't show the receiver but the photos of it in use do show one. What's the deal? And would you have to special order one capable of holding the larger weights? Can the weights be hung on the forward face or only the aft face?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcreek View Post
    Must be missing something, but it looks like the tow hitch receiver has to be added to the transformer. The photos of the transformer platform by itself don't show the receiver but the photos of it in use do show one. What's the deal? And would you have to special order one capable of holding the larger weights? Can the weights be hung on the forward face or only the aft face?
    The receiver is included....it is mentioned in the description.

    The weights fit fore and aft and when ordering all you have to do is ask for the weight bracket t be raised (which is free). Lead time is all about the same.
    1025r TLB w 60D MMM & Independent Lift
    SN 114287 Built April '13 received 8/21/13
    180 degree thermostat
    Omni Transformer w/ integrated weight bracket
    Single Point
    Ken's Bolt on hooks
    Artillian Forks (42")
    Full Compliment of Wheel Weights (340lbs)
    Custom Seat Springs

    Kubota 326H 72" deck ZTR

    Stihl MS361, FS250R

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    We originated the Heavy Hitch over 8 years ago and have a number of different models to work with 42#, 70# and even 100# weights depending on the style. We have models that will handle over 1100# if needed.
    Last edited by Heavy Hitch; 04-10-2014 at 10:03 PM.

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    The heavy hitch is a good way to go, IF you also use the suitcase weights on the front of the tractor.
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    2011 1026R / H120 / 60D auto-connect, independent-lift mmm / 54" snowblower / 4' KK Pro rotary mower / KK 4' tiller

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcreek View Post
    For a 1025r what's your preference, a ballast box, or a heavy hitch? If a BB what do you use for ballast. If a Heavy Hitch which model hitch and which size weights? I think they make 42 lb. and 70 lb. The HH seems like a good idea. Looks like the weights are easily added or removed and the tow hitch is always ready for use.
    Do you have an iMatch or plan on getting one for your 1025R?

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