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    Effects of ballast weight on yard

    After reading a recent post about wheel weights and tire fills, I was reminded of my latest concern with my new tractor - ballast.

    How much ballast weight, wheel weight, etc. is too much weight for the common lawn? I'm trying to avoid purchasing suitcase weights and hardware only to find out that my front tires are destroying my yard due to excessive weight.

    All other threads I've searched don't discuss any potential damage to beautiful, luscious blades of green like my yard.

    Any lessons learned or experience is appreciated.
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    What tires do you have?

    That has EVERYTHING to do with PSI footprint

    These tires produce a VERY low psi pressure,,,



    The front tires are 8.5 inches wide, the rears are 15.5 inches wide,,,,
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    With my 1023e on the stock tires, there are parts of my yard I can't mow even when dry because the pressure ruts up the ground. I gave up on mowing those areas and mow with ~160lbs of front ballast on the tractor. I do still leave ruts in some areas if it's rained within the last week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by williaty View Post
    With my 1023e on the stock tires, there are parts of my yard I can't mow even when dry because the pressure ruts up the ground. I gave up on mowing those areas and mow with ~160lbs of front ballast on the tractor. I do still leave ruts in some areas if it's rained within the last week.
    I do not think we have had more than a drizzle of rain since I purchased the 650,,,

    Maybe it is a jinx??

    AND I might be surprised what it does to the lawn??
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    I've got the turf tires similar to yours, CADPlans - from the dealer that way. In the picture provided, they don't appear to be the same exact size - similar, but doesn't look to be the same.

    The weight displacement from the back tires doesn't worry me as much as putting more weight on the narrower front tires.

    Williaty's circumstance seems to be what I'm worried about.

    I appreciate the replies.
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    Every additional pound negatively affects your yard. How much is dependent on the tires you have, the soil conditions (what type and moisture level), and the type of grass that you have. I only mow with zero added weight.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Milharri View Post
    Every additional pound negatively affects your yard. How much is dependent on the tires you have, the soil conditions (what type and moisture level), and the type of grass that you have. I only mow with zero added weight.
    FWIW, even though I mentioned how much better the tractor drives with a little extra front weight, if my yard didn't resemble a ski jump arena, I wouldn't add the weight. If I had a flat yard, I'd mow as light as I could get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by williaty View Post
    FWIW, even though I mentioned how much better the tractor drives with a little extra front weight, if my yard didn't resemble a ski jump arena, I wouldn't add the weight. If I had a flat yard, I'd mow as light as I could get.
    Oh. I agree that sometimes weight is a must. Just not where I live in the panhandle of Texas... It's a bit flat to say the least


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    I have no intention of mowing while weighted. I'd add the additional weight to the front of the tractor for moving heavy items (logs, rocks, etc.) with my 3 point carry-all.

    Unfortunately, I'd be moving these articles across/through my yard.

    With the replies I've seen, sounds like I should start as light as I can and go from there. Much appreciation for the help. I'd still be interested in hearing if anyone destroyed their yard with too much front-end weight - if it's happened.

    ....or maybe I could drive through the neighbor's yard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Deere View Post
    I have no intention of mowing while weighted. I'd add the additional weight to the front of the tractor for moving heavy items (logs, rocks, etc.) with my 3 point carry-all.

    Unfortunately, I'd be moving these articles across/through my yard.

    With the replies I've seen, sounds like I should start as light as I can and go from there. Much appreciation for the help. I'd still be interested in hearing if anyone destroyed their yard with too much front-end weight - if it's happened.

    ....or maybe I could drive through the neighbor's yard.
    My advice would be to not drive in the same tracks. Make new ones every time. One pass shouldn't hurt. It's when you end up making a road that hurts the grass from my experience.


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