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    Did you fill your ballast box with bricks? If so, speak up!

    So it's time to fill my ballast box on my week-old tractor. I'd been considering using sand, but it'd be easier to unload bricks from it if I ever needed to. Bricks, cement bricks at least, should be denser than sand, which is another good thing. However, I'm concerned that the sand will have enough higher of a packing efficiency than bricks that I can actually get the box heavier using sand. Speaking specifically about the BW15073 ballast box that is used for the 1-Family tractors, how many bricks of what size, shape, and weight did you manage to fit in and what was your total weight once you were done?

    The book says I can fit 528lbs of dry sand for a total of 616lbs of ballast. Has anyone matched or exceeded that with bricks in the BW15073?
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    I loaded mine with 105 concrete bricks which gave me 590 lbs. I later added the ballast box extension and 16 more concrete bricks to bring it up to 690 lbs. Sitting in the top of the extension I have a large tool box that holds all of my tow/grab chains and hitch parts and that weighs over 70 lbs. bringing my total to around 760 lbs.
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    Yup, filled it full up with bricks and topped it off with a custom toolbox in the extension. Don't have a shot of the bricks but here is the toolbox. I used common bricks and packed in as many as I could. I first lined the box with cardboard.
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    I'm waiting for the day that someone fills their ballast box with iridium ingots and posts that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I loaded mine with 105 concrete bricks which gave me 590 lbs. I later added the ballast box extension and 16 more concrete bricks to bring it up to 690 lbs. Sitting in the top of the extension I have a large tool box that holds all of my tow/grab chains and hitch parts and that weighs over 70 lbs. bringing my total to around 760 lbs.
    So that's slightly better than sand in terms of density. Can you give the dimension of the bricks and what they called them at the store? Do you happen to remember about what you paid for them?

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    I'm using paving bricks as I just had them lying around. Don't know how many, but it's full and heavy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by williaty View Post
    So that's slightly better than sand in terms of density. Can you give the dimension of the bricks and what they called them at the store? Do you happen to remember about what you paid for them?
    Sorry for the late reply, had to wait until I could dig up my notes.

    I bought the concrete bricks from Home Depot (SKU 655776). They currently show as $0.35/each which is what I paid. They measure 7.75" x 3.75" x 2.25" and are advertised as 5 lbs. although mine weighed in at 4.375 lbs. each.

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