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    what did you put in your ballast box?

    Sand, concrete, rocks...what did you use? Also, how much does it hold?

    I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to put in it and how much I need. I was thinking about using play sand (with some PVC tool holders, obviously) but I'm not sure.

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    I put the old sand from our pool filter in mine. The filter holds approx. 250lbs. That amount by no means fills the box. I honestly put the tiller on if I need a lot of ballast, the BB doesn't see much use around my place.


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    I filled mine with Portland cement, and 2-4" pvc pipes for chains, or chain saw, plus 2-2" pvc pipes for tools. I wanted it the heaviest I could get it and figure I either want ballast or not so no need to make it adjustable.
    Last edited by Yamaguy; 01-23-2015 at 11:12 AM. Reason: I used 4" pvc not 3"

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    Just common bricks with a cardboard liner. Must be 600lbs or more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwil6902 View Post
    Sand, concrete, rocks...what did you use? Also, how much does it hold?

    I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to put in it and how much I need. I was thinking about using play sand (with some PVC tool holders, obviously) but I'm not sure.
    What tractor / loader do you have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    What tractor / loader do you have?
    1025R, h120/53", R4's and 72# rear wheel weights.

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    for a 2305.... 4- 2 1/2" PVC pipes for tool holders, rocks for about 8" sand on top of that to 4" below rim, making a space for chain or whatever,
    no idea what it weights, but must be in the 550 lbs range....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwil6902 View Post
    1025R, h120/53", R4's and 72# rear wheel weights.
    I would start with the recommendations listed in the owners manual for the 1025R and H120 loader. JD lists the MINIMUM required ballast for use with the loader. Most rear implements do not meet the minimum ballast weight requirements.

    Approved Tires and Ballast for 1023E, 1025R, and 1026R Tractors

    IMPORTANT: Tires are approved on their rated load capacity.
    Tires of similar size with equal to or greater load rating can be used.



    Ballast Approved Front Tires Approved Rear Tires
    Minimum Ballast Options Tire Size Tire Type Load Index Ply Rating Tire Size Tire Type Ply Rating
    Option 1

    273 kg (601 lb.) Rear Hitch Ballast

    Fluid Filled Rear Tires


    18 x 8.50-10

    18 x 8.50-10
    R4

    R3
    71

    74
    4

    4
    26 x 12.00-12

    26 x 12.00-12
    R4

    R3
    4

    4
    Option 2

    230 kg (506 lb.) Rear Hitch Ballast

    Three Rear Wheel Weights Per Side


    18 X 8.50-10

    18 X 8.50-10
    R4

    R3
    71

    74
    4

    4
    26 x 12.00-12

    26 x 12.00-12
    R4

    R3
    4

    4
    Option 3

    235 kg (517 lb.) Rear Hitch Ballast

    One Rear Wheel Weight Per Side

    Fluid Filled Rear Tires


    18 X 8.50-10

    18 X 8.50-10
    R4

    R3
    71

    74
    4

    4
    26 x 12.00-12

    26 x 12.00-12
    R4

    R3
    4

    4


    A - Ballast Box

    Weight can be added to the ballast box (A) by adding material such as
    sand or concrete. If more weight is required, tractor Quik-tach weights may be
    used.

    NOTE: A ballast box extension is available to increase capacity of
    box. (See your John Deere dealer.)

    A 3-Point Hitch mounted implement may be used as ballast, but it must meet
    weight requirements of the ballast chart. (See your John Deere dealer.)



    CALCULATED BALLAST
    kg (lb)
    SAND (Dry) CONCRETE
    Ballast Box without Extension
    Volume: 0.14 cu m (4.94 cu ft) (0.18 cu
    yd)
    Material 217.5 (480) 315.5 (695)
    Empty Box 58.5 (129) 58.5 (129)
    Total Weight 276 (608) 374 (824)
    Ballast Box with Extension
    Volume: 0.17 cu m (6.00 cu ft) (0.23 cu
    yd)
    Material 306.5 (676) 443.5 (977)
    Empty Box 72.5 (160) 72.5 (160)
    Total Weight 379 (835) 516 (1137)
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