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    Whats everyone using in there ballast box ?

    I was wondering what everyone has been putting in there ballast boxes for weight ?

    Some things i've seen.

    1) Concrete
    2) Sand
    3) Rocks
    4) Steel weights
    5) Small Stone

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    2011 JD 2520,
    200cx 61" bucket,
    62D MMM,
    54" JD snowblower, remote spout
    I-Match
    Ballast box

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    I have seen people put just about everything in them, if I had one it would be filled with something cheap. Think sand, gravel or base course. You can still install pvc pipes to hold tools if you wan't. I don't see the need for concrete? Maybe I am missing something?
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    I have three 3" pipes in mine and it's filled with concrete.
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    I have sand in mine, and its come in handy during a nasty winter we had a few years back when I spread some out for traction.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    I have Portland cement in mine. I have been thinking of making an extension so I could add more. The 400cx can easily make the back of the tractor light with the weight box and four wheel weights.



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    Unhappy I need to add more weight!!!

    Well, after only having 4.2 hours on my new 2520, and never having prior FEL experience, I was moving a large stump down a slope and found myself ejected from the seat and rolling down the hill for 60 feet or more with the dual SCV rubber knob still in my hand...must have pulled it off when the tractor launched me on an aerial flight.. fortunately the tractor did not tip over.

    To say the least, I was scared sh..tless and wore the seat-belt religiously after that single event. The ROPS was up, and I really slowed things down a bit.

    The ballast bucket has about 200 lbs sand in it and the tires are not loaded, so I'm thinking I need to max out the weight in the ballast box and keep it low to the ground when navigating the slopes....

    I'd appreciate any suggestions to maximize the amount of weight I can get in my ballast box. Also, moving the wheels to "wide" setting will probably help some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanDeere2520 View Post
    Well, after only having 4.2 hours on my new 2520, and never having prior FEL experience, I was moving a large stump down a slope and found myself ejected from the seat and rolling down the hill for 60 feet or more with the dual SCV rubber knob still in my hand...must have pulled it off when the tractor launched me on an aerial flight.. fortunately the tractor did not tip over.

    To say the least, I was scared sh..tless and wore the seat-belt religiously after that single event. The ROPS was up, and I really slowed things down a bit.

    The ballast bucket has about 200 lbs sand in it and the tires are not loaded, so I'm thinking I need to max out the weight in the ballast box and keep it low to the ground when navigating the slopes....

    I'd appreciate any suggestions to maximize the amount of weight I can get in my ballast box. Also, moving the wheels to "wide" setting will probably help some.
    :gtt:

    You need a LOT more than 200 lbs in the BB! Hate to say this way-but RTFM as it clearly tells you how much ballast you need. Concrete is your friend here.
    Kenny

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    FEL, MMM, Artillian 42" Forks and Modular Grapple, I-Match, Ballast Box, and lots of other STUFF.
    -John Deere 455 w/60" MMM


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    John Deere 3720 Deluxe Cab, 300cx FEL, 366 Front Blade, 59" Front Snowblower, Ballast Box
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanDeere2520 View Post
    Well, after only having 4.2 hours on my new 2520, and never having prior FEL experience, I was moving a large stump down a slope and found myself ejected from the seat and rolling down the hill for 60 feet or more with the dual SCV rubber knob still in my hand...must have pulled it off when the tractor launched me on an aerial flight.. fortunately the tractor did not tip over.

    To say the least, I was scared sh..tless and wore the seat-belt religiously after that single event. The ROPS was up, and I really slowed things down a bit.

    The ballast bucket has about 200 lbs sand in it and the tires are not loaded, so I'm thinking I need to max out the weight in the ballast box and keep it low to the ground when navigating the slopes....

    I'd appreciate any suggestions to maximize the amount of weight I can get in my ballast box. Also, moving the wheels to "wide" setting will probably help some.
    Glad you are ok. People get killed doing what you were doing.

    Here is an excel sheet that tells you the weight of the tractor and if you need ballast. Pick your tractor and your options.

    Be safe.

    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...ast-Calculator



    Brian

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