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    new guy question

    I am very new to tractor ownership and I have a new 1025r. I bought it equipt with a loader and a back blade attached with a ballast box tied into the bucket. I have the ballast box out in my yard ready for the cement for weight and I do not have a hitch attachment so it will just go on the 3 point. Should I prop this up on something and level it before filling with ballast?
    Is the process of attaching it that difficult. My question may sound stupid but like I say I'm very new to this.

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    Welcome to GTT odis.
    Many here fill the ballast bot with something removable Stone/Sand etc...
    If filling with concrete, I'd level the box both ways before filling.
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    You'll probably want it as close to level as you can get it if you're going to pour concrete into it just to get a decent, level finished product. That isn't critical to it's functioning but... you're going to be staring at it for the next 30 years so.. I dunno. Maybe that's just me with my OCD. If it was crooked it would drive me nutso.

    Without a quickhitch you'll have to muscle things around a bit to get it on the 3-pt hitch but it's do-able.
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    Would some kind of movable dolly make it easier?

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    Welcome to GTT,
    Before filling with concrete, seal the seams inside with tape or caulk or the liquid will seep out and make a mess!
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    Quote Originally Posted by odis View Post
    Would some kind of movable dolly make it easier?
    Yes, or make it permanent. You can attach casters to the bottom of the box which will make it easier to roll around.
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    I built one for my brother and filled with concrete. Before putting in the concrete I drilled a hole in all four corners of the box and then set 1 1/2" PVC pipe in the corners to hold a rake, spade, hoe, etc.
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    You could always use suitcase weights that way their removeable to make putting the box on and off easier,you can use them for other things like hanging on your blade for more weight or on the front for counter weight.They have them in 42 and 70 lb.
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    Thanks for the responses, as I said I'm new to this and I think that this year what I will do is put the box on and then fill it with sand. If it doesn't feel heavy enough I will only fill the bucket half full. I have a bad back and don't relish struggling with a box full of set up cement. I have a welder, chop saw, torches and a pile of scrap steel and a box full of industrial casters. I'll build somthing this summer so it will come off easy this winter to replaced by my back blade. It snows where I live.

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    Set the ballast box on one of these. This makes it easy to move around.

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    Personally, I didn't fill mine with concrete. I put 2B stone in mine.

    2B stone weighs 105 lb. per cu ft.

    The empty box weighs 88 lb.

    According to JD, the ballast box should weight 601 lb. and the rear tires filled.

    601 - 88 (empty box) = 513 lbs of additional weight needed.

    If you use 2B stone, 513 ÷ 105 = 4.8 cu ft. of 2B stone.

    I made my ballast box weigh about 450 lb. If I am using the FEL with forks or moving buckets full of stone, I hang 4 - 40 lb. suitcase weights on the box side.
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