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    Ballast box or Suit Case Weights?

    Hi,
    Just purchased my 1025r in December and since I have not even owned a lawn mower for the last 21 years I am getting up to speed on this tractor stuff.
    New to us house in NEPA with 2 1/4 acres, mostly woods but I did get the 54" MMM so we will see how mowing is in the spring.

    I have the FEL with Artillian pallet fork frame and the front Quik-Tatch Hitch Adapter for the JD front plow. I got just the extension hoses and for the 3-4 plowings I have done this setup works great.

    But my question concerns rear ballast. I have fluid filled rear tires and 50lb tire weights but all the reading I have done seems to say I still need more rear weight. So, a ballast box or suit case weights?
    I would get the Heavy Hitch 3 point attachment, this gives me a 2" receiver also so I think this might be best? I do not have any 3 point attachments and I don't think I will be getting any right away.

    Thanks for the help and I have been spending alot of time reading and learning from everyone here.

    Kevin
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    I vote for ballast box I use mine as a toolbox too
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    I ballast mine using 4 suitcase weights at the back of a TSC carry all. If I have the weights turned backwards and with a 15 gallon sprayer half full on the carry-all, it will raise the tires off the ground when I remove the FEL. I'm cutting my overall weight down by using the suit case weights 4' back from the 3 point. Keeps my total weight down for yard travel. Helps getting around on my hills also.

    If you want total weight, the ballast box will give you the most opportunity and cheaper. You can rig it to carry stuff also. Lots of posts on this. The Heavy Hitch multi-tasks also with the hitch and being able to adjust the ballast easily, but the weights are pricey.

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    I vote for the Heavy Hitch (actually the 'super heavy hitch' which holds up to 16 weights).

    I recommend getting the storage cart with it. I find that the ballast is compact, easy to store, and more 'flexible' than a ballast box.

    For instance, If I want to run the tiller without the loader, I can put the weights on the front end of the tractor.

    Overall, the Heavy Hitch is a 'top of the line' solution to the problem. Other options are less expensive. This option provides the best of everything.
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    I use suitcase weights for front and rear ballast.
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    I have a backhoe to ballast , but I also have a weight bracket and weights that I made myself , as for me , space is a premium . And BTW

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmarks View Post
    I vote for the Heavy Hitch (actually the 'super heavy hitch' which holds up to 16 weights).

    I recommend getting the storage cart with it. I find that the ballast is compact, easy to store, and more 'flexible' than a ballast box.

    For instance, If I want to run the tiller without the loader, I can put the weights on the front end of the tractor.

    Overall, the Heavy Hitch is a 'top of the line' solution to the problem. Other options are less expensive. This option provides the best of everything.
    The only thing lighter is you wallet!
    Quote Originally Posted by ejb69 View Post
    I use suitcase weights for front and rear ballast.
    My way of doing it too. Don't have the Heavy Hitch yet but have my own way of putting the weights on the back. I don't like the size of the ballast box. Sticks out the back to far for me.
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    I have the Heavy Hitch for my X595 and loader.At the time they didn't have the one that will take the 42 and 70 lb suitcase weight,or 16 42lb. Some don't like the 70lb weights but if you have the cart it's not a big deal. https://heavyhitch.com/store/categor...3-point-hitch/
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    I use an Omni hitch, which is similar to the Heavy Hitch with eight 42 pound suitcase weights.

    Welcome from northeastern Pennsylvania also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    I use an Omni hitch, which is similar to the Heavy Hitch with eight 42 pound suitcase weights.

    Welcome from northeastern Pennsylvania also.
    Yep welcome from NEPA, near Scranton. Don is about 30 miles north of me. I bought a home made used hitch that holds 16 weights. Only have 6 42 pounders. Looking used but nobody gives um up!

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