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    Another Ballast Box Post

    It was time to address rear ballast so I recently purchased a new JD ballast box. I knew I was pushing some work with my loader last year and just took delivery Monday of a new Artillian grapple. It was time to apply a bit of common sense. I want to thank all those who kindly posted their ballast box builds as I borrowed something from everyone

    I wanted to install a 2" receiver so I drilled horizontal and vertical holes in the receiver to pass rods through.

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    I then welded angle and flat iron to the rods for extra retention. The flat iron in the picture is leaning, but I straightened it when I poured the Quikrete. I also added another piece of matching angle iron under the receiver after I took this picture. I positioned the receiver as close to level as possible when I tacked the rods. I was able to fine tune the leveling once poured. I decided to go this route vs. fabricating an external mounting plate. I am a novice welder so I thought it best to hid my work in Quikrete.

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    I inserted one 4" tube for chains and 2 2" tubes for tools. I poured seven bags of 80lb Quikrete. I drilled drainage holes on each side for water although my plan is to store the unit indoors. I felt this was cheap insurance. I purchased a thin rubber mat for the flat top of the Quikrete which I need to cut yet. I also made a small black seal to put around the receiver to cover up the cuts. I need to decide if I want to remove a couple inches off the pvc as they are a bit tall.

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    Was a blast to work on. Again I want to thank those who posted their projects as there is nothing new here. I borrowed from everyone. This is one of the great things about GTT.

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    I think it looks good I am lucky, I just have gravel in mine for now. never even gave any thought to putting a receiver in the back like that when I had my old neighbor build mine. still can, just have to go back. and I got in a hurry the day we shoveled the stone in-yelp forgot the plastic pipe-have it here waiting I big garage-put the stone in the box at my son's house. I like the bigger pipe idea for ur chain in their.

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    Big Jim,

    I almost put two of the 4" pipes only as I figured I could store not only chains or straps but also a bunch of tools at once like shovels. I usually carry an ax and a couple mauls when cutting wood and they fit in the larger pipe together. Fun to think about, now I am ready for Spring to actually use it.
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    Nice clean job Gebada22.
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    Great job, I will be building mine in a few months after I get the Spousal Unit and tractor moved up North. I love these posts since it just gives me more ideas to try.

    Since the moving company charges by the pound they would probably prefer my to add a box full of concrete to my move.
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    Nice Eh! How much does it way now with the concrete in it?
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    Great job thanks for sharing it and the pics
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    Very very nice,

    I thought about putting a receiver on mine but I use it with my 1026 and the 3PH lift capacity is nearly maxed out just to lift the box let alone a trailer so never did it.
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    I am not sure of the exact weight, however, I am guessing 680 To 710lbs. 7x80 plus the weight of the box. I am excluding water from theses figures along with the receiver and welded metal. The box is listed at 88lbs, but is much heavier. A previous post by a GTT member listed the raw weight of the box at 145lbs. He actually hung it on a scale empty and posted the pictures. I laughed about the 88lbs with the dealership as a couple guys loaded it. They concurred that 88lbs was incorrect.
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