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    Good dolly for ballast box

    I got one of the cheep dollies from TSC last year for my ballast box. But itís tiresí brackets have started to crush so I need something beefier. So it should support 1500 lbs or so to be safe, Iíd estimate my ballast box is 800-1000. Thatís not too hard to find, but most have very small wheels. While it will be used on concrete in my shed, there is always some dirt the tractor dragged in which makes moving a 1000 lb item on tiny wheels a PITA. Anyone know of a dolly that fits these requirements without costing hundreds like the few Iíve found do?


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    Scroll down to the "Ballast Box Trolley".

    I think that the guy that designed and originally built this thing was PURE GENIUS!!
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    Scroll down to the "Ballast Box Trolley".

    I think that the guy that designed and originally built this thing was PURE GENIUS!!
    That is a cool idea. Can you bolt it to a ballast box that is already full of concrete? Not quite clear how it can attach. Itís wheels appear kinda small.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamone View Post
    That is a cool idea. Can you bolt it to a ballast box that is already full of concrete? Not quite clear how it can attach. It’s wheels appear kinda small.
    You sure can! My ballast box weighs around 800 lb. and it rolls just fine. I opted for the 6-wheel version which I highly recommend. As you can see the box sits down in the dolly frame so very little height is added. This also makes the dolly very stable. The dolly attaches to the bottom of the ballast box with four jam bolts (visible on the ends of each long side).

    I've had my dolly for 4 years and it still works and rolls perfectly.















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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamone View Post
    I got one of the cheep dollies from TSC last year for my ballast box. But itís tiresí brackets have started to crush so I need something beefier. So it should support 1500 lbs or so to be safe, Iíd estimate my ballast box is 800-1000. Thatís not too hard to find, but most have very small wheels. While it will be used on concrete in my shed, there is always some dirt the tractor dragged in which makes moving a 1000 lb item on tiny wheels a PITA. Anyone know of a dolly that fits these requirements without costing hundreds like the few Iíve found do?


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    I had the same experience. I eventually built my own dolly with better casters. I also inclined the deck so that I didn't need to play with the top link adjustment when i was picking the ballast box up with the imatch hitch. That worked so well that I have adjusted my other implement dollies so that each implement rests at the correct angle to make them esier to pick up. The only cost to me was for a set of casters. The other option would be to just add new casters to one of the 1,000 pound rated Chinese wooden dollies from HD or Lowes.

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    I made my own dolly out of 3 pieces of scrap 2x6 laid side by side and then glued and screwed plywood to each side which made for a strong lamination. Then bought some cheapo $20 casters from Amazon which was a big mistake since they flat spot over time with weight on them. Then repurchased better castors from Service Caster for $50 which have been perfect for the 700 lb box. https://shop.servicecaster.com/

    Sure is handy to easily move it right to the tractors quick hitch or to a tight spot along the garage wall.
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    I use a 1250lb wheel dolly from Northern Tool for my ballast box.





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    I think Iím just going to buy better casters to mount to the existing wood platform I have. Thanks for all the ideas.


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    That artillian thing is fancy but $$$ and the way I have my hitch adjusted for max lift it wouldnt be tall enough for the arms all the way down. I have not seen those metal frame ones. I'm sure like all that type of "harbor freight" stuff the casters would be the weak point not the feame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamone View Post
    I think Iím just going to buy better casters to mount to the existing wood platform I have. Thanks for all the ideas.


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    I see various caster wheel types in the posts here. I also see different surfaces to be rolled over. What would be the best caster type for a concrete floor? Also, is bigger diameter better?

    For my ballast box dolly, which has gray rubber casters, the rolling is good on concrete, but when I drop the box in my barn aisle, which is rubber mats over concrete, the casters sink into the mats and rolling is difficult.

    Also, is it best to have 4 pivoting casters? Or just two that pivot? And brakes (or locks)?
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