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    Filling my ballast box

    So I've got my ballast box full of rocks/boulders but its not quite enough. I've still managed to lift the back end off the ground on occasion. I'm getting ready to fill it with concrete but I have a couple of questions.

    I've got 3 80# bags of quickcrete that have been in my garage forever, I plan to use those but I'm guessing I'll need probably 3 more? I just have the standard box, no extension. When you guys did yours were you able to mix it in the ballast box or mix it in a wheel barrow and then shovel it over? I haven't played with quickcrete much other than setting some fence posts.

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    Clayh you could probably do the first couple in the box then the rest shovel in from your wheelbarrow. I just did mine and used 7 80# bags. I filled mine so there was a couple inches left which I could use to store stuff. I also sunk three pic tool holders as well. If you search the forum you can get some good ideas. Have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayh View Post
    So I've got my ballast box full of rocks/boulders but its not quite enough. I've still managed to lift the back end off the ground on occasion. I'm getting ready to fill it with concrete but I have a couple of questions.

    I've got 3 80# bags of quickcrete that have been in my garage forever, I plan to use those but I'm guessing I'll need probably 3 more? I just have the standard box, no extension. When you guys did yours were you able to mix it in the ballast box or mix it in a wheel barrow and then shovel it over? I haven't played with quickcrete much other than setting some fence posts.

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    "rocks/boulders" may take up too much room with too much empty space between them. 3/4" stone in mine and its fine, and adjustable.
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    I filled mine with crusher run stone, very fine. Seems ok, but I need the extension to get closer to full rated ballast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonton View Post
    I filled mine with crusher run stone, very fine. Seems ok, but I need the extension to get closer to full rated ballast.
    You have a bigger tractor also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    You have a bigger tractor also.
    Yes, I do, good point. Hence the need for the extension. I was just suggesting the crusher run stone as an alternative to concrete. I think it would be enough ballast for him, but I could be mistaken.
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    I have railroad tie plates and zinc ingots stacked in my BB. Its very close to the max amt that my machine will lift and its not much more than 50% full by volume...leaving me room in the box for chain/rope, chainsaw, tools, etc. Paver bricks are heavy and stack nicely in the BB too. I don't quite grasp the permanency of filling a BB with concrete...then never being able to empty the BB and move it manually if the need were to arise.
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    I really like the ability to vary the weight. In my case anyway. I don't always need to have the box maxed out.
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    Steel weighs exactly 3X as compared to limestone rock.

    AND,, if you need a piece of steel for a project,,, you can always look in the ballast box,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonton View Post
    Yes, I do, good point. Hence the need for the extension. I was just suggesting the crusher run stone as an alternative to concrete. I think it would be enough ballast for him, but I could be mistaken.
    Yeah, I figured that and totally agree. Didn't want clayh going out and getting overkill equipment.
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