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    Ballast questions

    When using rear ballast for FEL operation, do you just set up your ballast for maximum loader capacity and leave it? Do you change ballast amount based on what you’re working with? (Think mulch vs. gravel). I see a few ballast mounting options including a ballast box from Deere and a Heavy Hitch. I can see that with the ballast box, you could fill with varying amounts of gravel and the Heavy Hitch you could add or remove weight, but how often do you need to adjust ballast?

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    I change my ballast weight for snow plow work and FEL work, that's it.
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    Ballast questions

    Think for most of us it's a case of filling it to the recommend weight for maximum lift and then leaving it. It's ok to work with more rear ballast then needed, but if course not ok to try and work with less.

    Considering a lot of people fill their boxes with concrete it's pretty hard to adjust.

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    Snowplowing with the recommend weight for FEL work is a down right PITA. IMO!
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    I change out between the HeavyHitch and ballast box. For 95% of the time our HeavyHitch is on. This works for me since that loader work is limited to hauling mulch and cleaning horse apples. I also leave it on for blowing snow. For those limited chores involving dirt work, I change it out for the ballast box.

    Honestly, I wouldn't even consider this exchange if I didn't have the iMatch.
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    This forum is great. I ask a question and in less than 20 minutes I have all the insight I was looking for Thanks.
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    Keep in mind that there is no magic formula for determining the correct amount of ballast relative to what you have in the bucket. You will only know you are drastically under ballasted when the rear wheels lift off the ground. You will NOT know you are under ballasted resulting in excessive stress being applied to the front axle yet the rear wheels remain on the ground.

    The JD manuals for the loaders specify the "Minimum Recommended Ballast". And that minimum amount is typically more weight than most folks put in their ballast box.

    They also specify that even more Minimum Ballast is required the moment you attach a set of forks to the loader.
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    As I side note - with the FEL off and ballast box on - my 1025R does a nice controllable wheelie when I give it a little gas
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstlaure View Post
    As I side note - with the FEL off and ballast box on - my 1025R does a nice controllable wheelie when I give it a little gas
    This is the first thing that I though of when I read that...

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    Not sure if you may have seen this or not...

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