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    The thread about weights vs ballast box triggered a question. Has anyone considered using Olympic weight plates as ballast? Used 45 lb. plates are plentiful and run about .50 - .60 per lb. on Craigslist.
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    They work,, but,, do not look "right"

    Then, you are trying to figure out a mount that does not break after 10 hours,,,
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    Omni actually makes a barbell weight rack for their hitch. Price is reasonable

    OMNI Barbell Counter Weight Rack - OMNI Mfg LLC
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    Weights weight. It doesn't have to be fancy or pretty. It just has to be heavy. I can't remember right now where I saw it but someone bought a tsc drawbar, slid it through a small barrel and filled it with concrete. If I remember right the barrel was laid down on its side so it didn't need a top link. Just backed up with a quick hitch and picked it up. He said it worked great. In a pinch I have a tsc carry all platform. I hooked it up and put the weight I carry in the back of my truck in the winter on it. I have a Heavy Hitch I use when I clean out a livestock shelter I have. It doesn't stick out very far and I need all the room I can get in there. I get what I can with a skid steer but the roof is to short to get it in very far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    They work,, but,, do not look "right"

    Then, you are trying to figure out a mount that does not break after 10 hours,,,
    LOL, yeah they wouldn't look quite as nice but maybe if they were painted JD green.

    Seems the durability of the mount would be the challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeagerHair View Post
    Omni actually makes a barbell weight rack for their hitch. Price is reasonable

    OMNI Barbell Counter Weight Rack - OMNI Mfg LLC
    Thanks for the link. I was sure someone had thought about it and had a solution. The images on the site show 1 inch weights. I may contact them to see if they could do one to accommodate the 2 inch Olympic style weights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck S View Post
    Weights weight. It doesn't have to be fancy or pretty. It just has to be heavy. I can't remember right now where I saw it but someone bought a tsc drawbar, slid it through a small barrel and filled it with concrete. If I remember right the barrel was laid down on its side so it didn't need a top link. Just backed up with a quick hitch and picked it up. He said it worked great. In a pinch I have a tsc carry all platform. I hooked it up and put the weight I carry in the back of my truck in the winter on it. I have a Heavy Hitch I use when I clean out a livestock shelter I have. It doesn't stick out very far and I need all the room I can get in there. I get what I can with a skid steer but the roof is to short to get it in very far.
    I remember seeing that thread. Wish I was that handy!

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    I have 12 one inch plates. They weigh 52lbs. each so 624lbs total, right at the 3 point. I have had no problems with hauling a full bucket of sand. I also hauled my chicken coop which was apparently the weight limit for my 1025 with fork's. I do not have a good picture of weights on the tractor but you can see them in pic of my wife hauling pallets. They attach very quickly and store easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TD1025 View Post
    I have 12 one inch plates. They weigh 52lbs. each so 624lbs total, right at the 3 point. I have had no problems with hauling a full bucket of sand. I also hauled my chicken coop which was apparently the weight limit for my 1025 with fork's. I do not have a good picture of weights on the tractor but you can see them in pic of my wife hauling pallets. They attach very quickly and store easy.
    I like it. It looks as though it is simply a bar connected to the 2 lower points on the 3 point hitch. Is that correct? I struggle with spending a thousand bucks for a ballast solution.

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    You are correct. I Took a 7/8" rod and drilled a hold in each end for the pins. I drilled a 15/16" hole in the center of each plate. I used a piece of pipe cut into sections to keep everything tight together. I took a piece of plywood and screwed a 2 x 2" board on each side to keep them put when not in use. Works well and easy to hook up. It was a cheap alternative to other options.
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