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    The PERFECT Ballast Box???

    So sometime during this cold, long, lonely winter I'm going to fab up the Ballast Box to end all BB's. So far the features I'm planning are:

    Angle Iron Frame with 1/4 or 3/16 metal walls

    Filled with Portland

    Box large enough to properly ballast my H310 Loader - I'm thinking 2000-2500lbs.

    Caster wheels x4 to move it around when off.

    Tubes/Pipes on the side for shovels, etc

    2-5/16 gooseneck ball up high

    2" bumper pull ball down low, but offset so that I can see it when backing up to trailer.

    Anyone have any other things they'd put on there perfect multitasking ballast box??

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    wow...
    but a few things
    fridge for beverages
    stereo
    chair and sun shade for breaks to enjoy above

    perhaps a square box type indent in top for chains or other non round type items
    Kens bolt on hooks??

    sounds like a great project. enjoy the build oh yeah green paint, yellow flames.....(OK I am getting carried away, sorry)
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    I like the flames idea...... I'm doing it.

    Are you thinking a tray type thing for chains?

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    2014 JD 5075M (just barely pre T IV emissions), H310 with bucket mounted grapple, HLA powertine forks, 8' HLA snowblade, Schulte SDX-840 Snowblower, Rhino 12' Flail, 6' Sweepster 3pt PTO broom, hydraulic toplink from CCM, LED lights front and back, big pile of 3pt implements.

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    Gator 825i S4 - NOW WITH TRACKS!!!

    2014 pre-emission 997 with 60" deck

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    now that I have a cozy cab, nothing really....

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    Yes exactly
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    I'd like 2 drop in "pins" in each rear corner that would engage the handles of my large wheeled trash and recycling containers please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fdmars View Post
    ....enjoy the build oh yeah green paint, yellow flames.....(OK I am getting carried away, sorry)
    Hey, I patented that idea.....



    Jer, go for it, flames and all. I can't wait to see it. Maybe have a fitted lid over the portland for a better finished look?
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    Fire extinquisher? First aid kit? IDK.

    I guess you mean a 2" receiver, sounds like you have it all planned. I was gonna say hard rifle case, but that needs to be closer to the loader arm. I so want to do that on mine.
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    A tool box with seperate compartments and a lid to keep the rain off of the chains. A place for chains, pins, clevis etc. Chainsaw holder.

    Depends on what you all need to take with and have available. We cut a lot of wood so probably a grab hook for a chain to skid logs.
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    I kicked around this very project idea for a while but other things came up.

    My frame was going to be 6x3x3/8" angle around a pre-made box with 3/16" thick sides. The lower hitch pins need to be supported on both sides. I planned to put two pieces of channel on the bottom so the box could be picked up by a forklift if needed and fill the box with steel. I wanted the box to be as compact as possible, yet still heavy enough to work on the 5320. The physical dimensions of my box were just a little smaller than a small JD ballast box, but weighed about 1,800 lbs without any frame or supporting structure.

    Trailer hitches are a good idea, chain storage is good too. It's really hard to go wrong with storage in general.
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