New to a tractor. I've only used skidsteer in the past or a Bobcat B300 4 wheel steer mid-sized backhoe for the last year (love it but no cab).
Converted it to SSQA using JD parts. I intend to use it to lift truck snowplows off trailers etc. Used it for the first time this weekend without any counterweight.
Lifted a plow weighing approximately 950lbs. [Note tractor would be used on plows weighing up to 1320lbs.]
1) Not sure if tires are filled - is best way to check to just see if there is a valve in the tire?
2) It was noticeably light in the rear, struggled to make traction on dirt w/ frost. Hit a bump and RR tire came off the ground had to lower the plow. Let it settle and was OK after that until next bump. Thankfully wasn't moving far with it. I also didn't try tilting out too far away from pins, but obviously that would only make it worse.
So, I need counterweight. Friend suggested a 3 pt kit and suitcase weights, but it seems the price for the weights is high and don't want to take them off my skidsteer. So I found a guy selling a block of concrete in 2 sizes with mounts for 3pt. Not sure which I should get - is there any reason not to just get the heavier of the two available (below)? Thx for input!
850 lbs ($275)
1300 lbs ($375)