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    Subsoiler to Ballast "Box" / Weight Bracket for $150? ... lets see...

    I bought this Sub-soiler on Facebook Marketplace for $55 .. the plan was to use it and weld some EMT conduit to the back of it to bury 1500 feet of dog "fence" wire.
    (Coming soon...)

    Other than that idea, this thing was probably not something I'd ever use for much... So, out comes the pencil and napkin...

    I am going to add $72 worth of Steel, and $24 worth of 4X8X16 concrete block to make a 3 point ballast for my 1023e

    The 3 point frame weighs 68lbs, the new steel 65lbs, and each of the blocks weighs about 34.5lbs

    I will probably use 15 of 'em for 650lbs total ... but if I use 12, the total weight will be 547lbs...I haven't decided yet.
    The loader manual says 601lbs, minimum, with fluid filled tires like mine or 517lbs if I also install my wheel weights.
    I don't know that I need (or want) to exceed the minimum by too much...

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    Some pics of my progress.

    I started with a pretty clear plan in my head, but now I'm seeing I might be able to use this for even more stuff.

    I'm gonna rethink how I was going to hold the blocks in, with the idea of leaving the bottom platform usable like a "carry all" when it's not full of blocks.

    I did decide I will go with the 12 block plan. The 15 block idea may be too large, and is heavier than I "need".
    I want to be mindful of safety, but I'm not building a crane nor forklift. 550ish will be a nice total.

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    Made a little progress today...

    I decided to build it so I can fit 15 blocks on it.
    (~34.5lbs each... one is cut to about 2/3 of full size to clear the mount for the subsoiler... so.. about 505lbs)
    I figure I can always put less blocks on it if I want...
    The bracket now weighs 106lbs
    It is roughly the same size as a ballast box... at 19" front to back, 26" wide" 20" tall.

    I still have to fabricate a hold down for the blocks... maybe tomorrow. I'm going to make it removable so I can use this as a carry-all / lifting tool if i want.. or a platform to stand on or maybe put a tool box on. I have a short piece of 2" ID sq tube for a hitch to go into.
    I haven't figured out "feet" for when I drop it ff the machine. Maybe I'll make "kickstands" to keep ground clearance greater... or maybe just static ones to keep it simple.

    Still haven't decided on a shovel holder or maybe two... will think a bit on that.

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    If it's going to live in the garage when not in use; I'd just use a furniture dolly. That's what I do with my ballast box.
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    Good idea BWV and nice work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    If it's going to live in the garage when not in use; I'd just use a furniture dolly. That's what I do with my ballast box.
    Sadly, it will probably live outside.. no room inside.(yet)
    I have one of the harbor freight dollies.. says 1000lb capacity... I dunno.. I think this would mush it...

    I did make some more progress today...
    Still need to figure out a latch for the hold down bracket, and put a piece of flat stock down the middle of the back...

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    54" SnowBlower Electric chute
    60" $152 DIY Push Blade
    RimGuard loaded rears + 50lb plastic weights
    LandPride RB0560 60" Back Blade
    72" DIY rake w/guide wheels (uses RB0560 frame)
    48" Taylor Pittsburgh 233 series Rotary Cutter
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    When you are welding the last flat bar,,,
    how about adding a 2" receiver hitch, or at least a simple flat bar as a hitch?

    You may not imagine towing anything with it,, but, eventually, that situation will occur,,,

    and if you ever get stuck, and need to pull from the rear,, a hitch will make a perfect connection point,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    When you are welding the last flat bar,,,
    how about adding a 2" receiver hitch, or at least a simple flat bar as a hitch?

    You may not imagine towing anything with it,, but, eventually, that situation will occur,,,

    and if you ever get stuck, and need to pull from the rear,, a hitch will make a perfect connection point,,,
    Post #5 says it all

    Quote Originally Posted by BWV View Post
    I have a short piece of 2" ID sq tube for a hitch to go into.
    "That situation" has occurred to me bunches in life.

    I want to make this thing as "utility" as time, effort, and leftover steel will allow
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    '19 1023e
    R3 turf tires
    54" AutoConnect Deck
    54" SnowBlower Electric chute
    60" $152 DIY Push Blade
    RimGuard loaded rears + 50lb plastic weights
    LandPride RB0560 60" Back Blade
    72" DIY rake w/guide wheels (uses RB0560 frame)
    48" Taylor Pittsburgh 233 series Rotary Cutter
    LED Headlights, Work lights and 3pt area lighting
    D120 Loader with DIY Toothbar
    Cyclone Rake Classic w/Duals and Power Vacuum

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