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    Ballast Box Question

    I just recently ordered a new ballast box through my local dealer after a hairy moment moving some timber. I have looked at a lot of post and was curious to get others thoughts. What is the optimal filler for a ballast box? I have seen some that fill with sand, gravel or dirt and others with concrete. I have some reservation about using concrete just from the fact that it is permanent. My thought is to put a plug in the bottom of the box from the outside so that I can easily empty the box after filled and wash it out and allow to drain. I have thoughts of possible using the ballast box as a carry all as well when not needed for ballast. This idea was prompted by those that have welded tubing inside the box for lawn tools and such. My thought is to fabricate a rig for my chain saw and edger on the outside of the box. Any and all thoughts are much appreciated!
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    Why not get something more useful like a Heavy Hitch or an Omni hitch and hang suitcase weights on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ransx77 View Post
    Why not get something more useful like a Heavy Hitch or an Omni hitch and hang suitcase weights on it?
    I actually was looking at the OMNI heavy hitch and carry all but with shipping and everything it was twice the cost of the ballast box from the dealer. Plus I would then have to purchase suitcase weights as well. The cost on the ballast box was just shy of $300 and I can fabricate most everything else I need with the materials laying around our shop.
    *JOHN DEERE 2038R w/ 220R FEL-72" AUTOCONNECT MMM-270B BACKHOE-8"-16" BUCKET-KBOHC-IMATCH QUICK HITCH w/KBOHTH-BALLAST BOX-42" ARTILLIAN FORKS-FRONTIER RC2060-FRONTIER RB2072-LANDPRIDE CA1556-LANDPRIDE FSP 700-LANDPRIDE PD25-12'-24" AUGERS-EA 60" GARDEN BEDDER-EA 72" HD LAND PLANE-NORTHSTAR 55 GAL SPRAYER-TUFF TOP SCR-44-COUNTYLINE CARRYALL
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    I filled mine with steel plates, HERE is the thread. Steel leaves allot of room for other things. It takes up about 1 inch per 100 lbs, and keeps the weight nice and low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    I filled mine with steel plates, HERE is the thread. Steel leaves allot of room for other things. It takes up about 1 inch per 100 lbs, and keeps the weight nice and low.
    I agree. I have been adding steel to the bottom of mine as I get this 2.5" thick stock from my friend that works on machinery. Above that I have 4" rock that is temporary. I use mine as a carryall as well so would like the space. A ballast box 1/3 full of steel weights as much one full of concrete. So if you use steel you could have a lot of storage room left.

    You can also get lead from a local tire shop from old wheel weights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ransx77 View Post
    Why not get something more useful like a Heavy Hitch or an Omni hitch and hang suitcase weights on it?
    That is the route I am going. I bought the Heavy Hitch. and if I need more weight than I can hang onto it, I will use my hitch carrier and load that one up with sandbags (those truck sand tube seem to be optimal for this purpose. The close to 400 lb of the heavy Hitch and the weights, and the 500+ (the weight of the carrier) give me close to 1000 lb, no weight box can match this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudsoner View Post
    give me close to 1000 lb, no weight box can match this!
    A JD ballast box full of steel is over 2000 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    A JD ballast box full of steel is over 2000 lbs.
    That is the first time I hear that somebody puts steel into the ballast box. Everybody else seems to use either gravel, sand or concrete.
    But I don't like a ballast box because it is just a ballast box, nothing else. A hitch device (either Heavy Hitch or the Omni carrier) is flexible, you can load it up as match as you want, you can use the same device to handle other chores, you can bring your weight very close to the tractor by hanging the weights inside, and you can add a hitch carrier that can carry all kinds of stuff and weight! And I bet that the price is not that much different from that of a ballast box, but you gain a very wide range of flexibility!

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    I made a heavy hitch. Not hard to do if you can weld. Works well for me as I dont have a loader on my 1026 & I use the suit case weights on the front when useing the brush hog.

    Sand or stone is cheap & EZ way to go. Bricks or concrete block would work and be less messy to remove. Lead is getting hard to get as some are useing to cast bullets.
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    I havent done the math but I would think a heavy hitch loaded up with 600-700# of suitcase weights would cost double what a weight box with ballast cost???

    I dont know. Just seems to me that would be the case.

    I dont need to tailor my weight needs either. I just need a lot of weight when I run the loader or none at all.

    I like the heavy hitch but backing up to a weight box when I add the loader is easy.

    Hudsoner you talked about using it for other things. So do you manually add the weight each time you want weight?
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