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    Ballast box hooks

    Has anyone tried bolting on a set of Ken's Hooks on their ballast box? I was thing of the strong channel iron in the top, it could be either the front piece or rear piece. Just curious as I have a 61" HD bucket and don't really want to drill into or weld on it just yet (maybe after it get beat up a little bit). I plan on the Artillian grapple and it had chain hooks built into it so I really don't need it up there either. My ballast box is always on if doing loader or grapple work so it seems like it may cool to pull logs out with or getting unstuck in the need should arise.
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    Pulling that high up may not give you the results your looking for and could be dangerous. Just a thought.
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    I will only pull logs from the drawbar. Any side tension when pulling from a 3-point implement could easily bend the linkage - 3-point hitches are designed to pull straight only.
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    I'd think the angles would be all wrong for doing what you're describing. I don't know that I'd want to try getting unstuck by pulling on a ballast box attached to the 3pt either. That's a lot of heavy tugging on moving parts. If that's an actual concern, mount a 2" box receiver under the PTO and mount a hook down there where it's low and connected to something very solid.
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    You guys make great points, thank you. I hadn't thought of the side forces or pulling from up high. I will put a clevis in my drawbar and call it good. Thanks again
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    2015 2032R with turf tires & H130 loader, 61" HD bucket
    Ballast box (filled with rocks for now)
    IMatch hitch
    LR2060L landscape rake
    Artillian grapple
    Artillian 36" forks
    Befco wood chipper
    Little Giant PTO leaf blower
    Hydraulic snowplow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Pulling that high up may not give you the results your looking for and WOULD be dangerous. Just a thought.
    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I will only pull logs from the drawbar. Any side tension when pulling from a 3-point implement could easily bend the linkage - 3-point hitches are designed to pull straight only.
    Totally agree. (fixed Gizmo2's)

    Anytime you pull above the rear axle center line you are asking for trouble.
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    Now you could bolt a pair of KBOGHs to the sides of your ballast box. One each side, opening facing down.
    You could then hook a chain hook to hook and use your loader to move the ballast box when it is not mounted on your
    tractor (provided your tractor/loader could handle the weight of it WITHOUT rear ballast)
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    Well, thanks everybody for making me loose a sale

    But seriously, I agree with what's been posted, the box is not a good place to pull from in most cases.



    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    Now you could bolt a pair of KBOGHs to the sides of your ballast box. One each side, opening facing down.
    You could then hook a chain hook to hook and use your loader to move the ballast box when it is not mounted on your
    tractor (provided your tractor/loader could handle the weight of it WITHOUT rear ballast)
    Rather than hooks, I'd suggest the clevis mounts and shackles for that purpose, it would be a bit safer in case the box turned.
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