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    How many bags of porter concrete can fit in a JD Ballast Box

    Just picked up a brand new 2032R back in November. Plowed with it all winter and decided I need to add some weight. I’m getting wheel weights and next will be to fill the ballast box. I’ve been reading on here I need a minimum of 506lbs of ballast. So my question is how many bags of porter mix you guys have gotten into that box. It looks like it’ll fill up fast once I put some pvc in there for tools and chains. Any help will be very appreciated.

    Thanks in advance and of course I’ll be posting some pics

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    Hey, 660.

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    Sorry, I have no answer to your question.
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    If you're referring to "Portland Cement" you'll need ~8-9 50# or ~5 94# bags depending upon whether you add the PVC pipe sleeves.

    Some folks use sand, pea gravel, concrete or cement. Others use solid, precast, cement pavers.

    Here's some reading material with opinions and more information:

    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...llast-box.html

    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...nd-cement.html

    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...llast-box.html

    Ballast Portland Cement for Ballast Box
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    Here is my thread on filling mine, there are TONS more like it if you search some

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    Thanks for all the help. Still trying to get used to the format of forums. This is the first one I’ve been on in a long time. Love all the info on GTT. Gives me a ton of ideas for the new 2032
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    Love the handle - that's a big saw!

    I think I may have accidentally created a PM instead of posting like I intended from my phone...my apologies. Little icons, bad eyesight and ignorance are not a good combo. I'll be lucky if anything I typed is spelled right...

    My thoughts were, as expressed in a post that didn't show up here were to watch the water content of the mix or regardless of the potential capacity of the box, you will fall well short and the water doesn't add much mass, just volume to the mix. I have an extension on my box and should be able to fit 9 bags in the box/extension (5 + 4) but fell short due to a few wet loads early on (I think 7 bags, it's been a while..)

    Mix the cement as dry as you can while still getting it wet. No soup. Strength is not so much an issue, mass is.

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    I used 10 50lb bags. I used three pvc tubes and capped the bottom of the tubes. The most important thing is seal the seams of the box with silicone. I went over mine inside the box several times and let it dry before I filled it. If you don't the moisture will leak thru and stain the outside. I have a buddy that happened to and he's repainted it several times still not happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stihlman660 View Post
    Just picked up a brand new 2032R back in November. Plowed with it all winter and decided I need to add some weight. I’m getting wheel weights and next will be to fill the ballast box. I’ve been reading on here I need a minimum of 506lbs of ballast.
    While GTT is an excellent source of information from experienced owners, I would encourage you to consult your 220R owner's manual for the proper recommended minimum 3PH ballast.

    2036R (EU), 2038R, and 2032R (MY17 and After) Tractors
    Minimum Rear Ballast 368 kg (811 lb) rear hitch ballast
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    jgayman thanks for that. I just looked a the manual and I was way under. I’ll have to beef it up a little. Looking now to use some scrap metal I have kicking around and finish it off with sand or runner crush so I have some material to use if I need extra traction in the winter. Will definitely post pics when the project is complete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stihlman660 View Post
    jgayman thanks for that. I just looked a the manual and I was way under. I’ll have to beef it up a little. Looking now to use some scrap metal I have kicking around and finish it off with sand or runner crush so I have some material to use if I need extra traction in the winter. Will definitely post pics when the project is complete
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