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.