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    My Ballast Box project

    A while back I posted some pix of the dollies I made for some new implements, including a ballast box. Well, now it's time to get the ballast box filled with ballast so I can use the front loader on my 4520 to actually load stuff.

    I am putting a 2" hitch receiver in the box. I've seen a lot of ballast box pix with a PVC pipe in there to hold shovels and the like, but I'm thinking that one of those hitch carrying cargo holders like this Ultra-Tow Premium Folding Cargo Carrier — 500-Lb. Load Capacity | Receiver Hitch Cargo Carriers| Northern Tool + Equipment might be able to carry more stuff to the job site. With sale and coupons, it's in the $80 range now.

    The hitch might also mean I can tow my trailer with small but bulky stuff on it and not have to chain the ball adapter down so it won't pull up. Although that does sound like an assumption accident waiting to happen...

    I got going on the project and remembered to grab my camera just before I started the drilling, so here are the pix. You can see the hitch and plate I had a local welder make up*(I don't have a welding machine). I put the bottom of the hitch 4" below the bottom of the pins on the ballast box. This should have the box 10" above the ground in order to have the hitch be 18" above the ground, about where it is on my truck. If nothing is in the hitch receiver, I can tilt the box up for better ground clearance when working.

    It's a "work in progress" thread, so if anyone has any ideas, let me know.

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    One idea I'm toying with is to put a 6 weight holder like the one on my 318 on the ballast box so I can add more weight. Here's a shot of the holder. I suspect the ballast box will be about 500#, this would let me bump it up to 750# with 40# weights, or, 900# with 70# weights.
    I'll put the holder on the box and submit a shot of that later...

    Any thoughts?

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    Looking great so far Pete
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    As far as adding the weight bracket, IMHO I'd pass. I'd make the ballast box as heavy as I could. I can't think of a scenario where you'd need the ballast to be lighter. Plus the added cost of the weights and the labor to remove and install them isn't very beneficial. Is there a reason you want a variable weight ballast box?


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    I like the bolt up receiver idea. I don't particularly like things sticking out too far behind me so I would pass on the weight bracket. I back in the the fence enough with just the ballast box.
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    (sigh....)
    I wrote up this really long explanation with weights and everything, and when I went to submit it the site says I was not logged in.

    So I'll skip to the bottom line. Unless someone can show that more weight than the standard ballast box is needed on a 4520 with a 400cx loader and a bucket with 2500#s of material in it, I'm leaning towards skipping the extra weight bracket. More cost, worse clearance. All the JD documents just say "use a ballast box", nothing specific such as you see, for example, with the ballasting requirements for an MX-6 cutter.

    The other item of interest I've check is that when the receiver hitch is at 18" above the ground, that is still 4" below the center line of the rear axle. And typically the ball is 2" lower than that. So if a trailer snags, the tractor won't pop a wheelie and turn over.

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    Sorry to hear of your posting trouble Pete...did you happen to try the "restore auto saved content" button in the lower left corner of the text box when you went to reply again? The site auto saves the post as you type just in case this happens.
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    I really need to install a receiver to my ballast box. Most the time I use an attachment that is on my draw bar but there are a lot of times I need to move the trailer when I have loader/ballast box on. be nice to have that option !

    I think I am going to cut mine in flush and run a pipe in to pin it. Just because I know I will bang my shin on it if I don't !
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    I put my receiver tube under the box. Later, I added another set of lower lift pins about 5" below the originals so it doesn't drag when loading on the trailer. ~~ Lowell
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    Quote Originally Posted by grnspot110 View Post
    I put my receiver tube under the box. Later, I added another set of lower lift pins about 5" below the originals so it doesn't drag when loading on the trailer. ~~ Lowell
    Great idea!
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