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    JD Ballast Box question

    I will be taking delivery of a JD 2032R the middle of April. I ordered a ballast box as part of the FEL package. On the Artillian Forks web site they advertise a ballast box trolley. In their picture they show a short JD ballast box.
    Here's my question. Many of you have mentioned a JD ballast box w/ extension. Is the extended box a factory option, or is the short box being fabricated with an extension in the aftermarket?

    Thanks, Dan

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    Deere sells an extension kit to bolt onto the standard Deere ballast box. I believe the part number is BW15074.

    Since you are ordering everything new, your dealer can order a ballast box WITH extensions for you as an all-in-one kit as well. The part number for that is BW00488.
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    The extension is a JD factory option.
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    Is the standard JD ballast box really inadequate ballast to handle most general loader work? Dirt, gravel, etc.
    Your thoughts please.
    I would rather be safe than sorry!


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    I use the standard box (no extensions) with my 2032R with no problems. I filled mine with 400# of pea gravel so between that and the box, it's probably about 500# total. (I also have my rear tires loaded).

    If I was doing more heavy loader work I'd change out the gravel with concrete and add a little bit more weight. Deere recommends Fluid-filled rear tires and 350 kg (772 lb) of 3-Point Hitch Ballast. and you can just about get that with concrete. If you want to get there with gravel/stone, you pretty much have to use the box extensions.
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    Thank You for the good information JimR. Not sure I want to go the rear fluid route to prevent ground rutting when mowing on softer ground.
    I will be calling my JD dealer and ordering the box w/ extension kit. Hopefully that box filled as well as the weight of the iMatch hitch will be adequate to handle the 53" bucket.
    Is Pea Gravel best fill recommendation? Don't want to go concrete route, want to stay with something removable.

    Thanks, Dan
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    Not sure of the total weight you want back there but Heavy Hitch has a sixteen weight hitch that would give you up to 700 lbs of weight. That would be sixteen 42 pound weights plus the hitch. Since it uses the suitcase weights it is more expensive that the ballast box but I like that I can take it off by hand. I just used mine yesterday (I have a 1025R and eight weights) and had no problems.

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    I have the JD ballast box and think it is a good fit for you without the extensions. I used it this way on my 1025R and it was plenty. I lined it with bricks and then put my 7 42# suitcase weights on top of that. Yesterday I installed the extensions on it as now I need more ballast on my 4066R. I have had the 4066R for over a year and have yet to use the ballast box as most of the time I have the 1500# rear finish mower on the tractor and that suffices. However, during the winter, I find that my 8ft hyd angle rear blade is lacking as a ballast and need to rectify the situation, hence the extensions. I have a couple of old 200# wheel weights to put in there plus some old brake rotors, bricks and the suitcase weights. I am thinking about dropping by the scrap metal place and see what I can scare up there. I have noticed when I use the loader (hitch receiver installed) to move my gooseneck trailer with 1500# tongue weight, I sometimes have to use 4 wheel drive as the rears do not have enough traction even with wheel weights installed and the rear blade on it, so I am getting the ballast box ready for use and needed the extensions for additional weight capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DubyaDan View Post
    Is Pea Gravel best fill recommendation? Don't want to go concrete route, want to stay with something removable.
    I'd be hesitant to call it "the best". I used it because it was cheap and easy. (under $30 and 20 minutes of work)

    You could also use scrap steel, standard barbell weights, car tire lead weights or almost anything to fill the box. If I had the time and equipment, I'd collect tire weights from local garages, melt them down and make ingots to stack in the box. Heavier materials that don't leave air space will get you more weight in the box. (so you might be able to get more sand in a box than pea gravel and more pea gravel that rip-rap, etc...)

    If you have a scrap metal yard nearby you might be able to find plate steel to use too. It's really a matter of what you have access to and how much you're willing to spend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DubyaDan View Post
    Is Pea Gravel best fill recommendation? Don't want to go concrete route, want to stay with something removable.
    I have a 2720 and use the ballast box with extension. I put small concrete bricks in mine and was able to get the recommended weight. While the contents are removable I'm not sure how much of an advantage that is. I mean, unless I was selling the box and needed to empty it for transport I can't foresee a situation where you would want to empty it. The extension gave me a place to put my chain box which itself weighs around 80 lbs.

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    Keep in mind that JD recommended loaded tires or wheel weights in addition to the ballast box. The loaded tires will stabilize the tractor, the ballast box off-loads the front axle. If you plan to use pallet forks JD recommends an additional 180 lbs above the normal recommends ~700 lbs.

    It's all about being safe and not damaging your front end.
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