I had mentioned in a previous post here in the Metalworking forum that I was interested in keeping the utility of my box blade on the tractor but also adding the capability to add ballast when needed. This need has become even more important as I make more use of my grapple. This whole idea required some thought on how to best approach this problem and here is what I have done so far. Comments and suggestions are welcomed!
I worked on the design so that I could easily (relatively speaking) add and remove the weight system. My side brackets so far look like the following:
The idea here is that I will be able to add the system from the back of the box blade by placing the bracket on at a 30 to 45 degree angle, hooking the small round tab, seen under the lettering "Green", to the back (rear facing?) of the box blade. I put this design into my tool path'ing software (CAM) in prep for cutting on my plasma table. That finished product looks like this in a program called Mach 3:
I made a run to the local steel yard and grabbed some 1/4 plate that was scrap to them but perfect for my needs. I enlisted help from the kids to hoist this beast of a thing onto my cutting table and began the cuts:
I have two end brackets cut at this point and a piece of 1/2 x 5 steel plate for the weights to hang on. I also added a hole so that I can slide a 3/4 inch pipe through the handles of weights that are put on the weight bracket. I can't imagine them ever bouncing off but I'll have complete piece of mind for the price of a short pipe and a few lynch pin clips with it all locked into place through the end brackets:
In that picture I just have the 1/2 plate sitting lose in the end brackets for a test fit. I plan to make another set just like these for the other side of the box blade so I will have two bracket systems in total, one on each side for balanced weight distribution.
Since I have these parts in raw metal form, now is a great time for suggestions. Any thoughts?