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    Front Ballast for the 1000 and 2000 Series

    Well gang, here is a topic that I haven't seen a lot about on the internet. There is tons of information on rear ballast, but front ballast is just not talked about at least not in depth anyway. And it just so happens I have been doing research on it as well as applying it. First of all let me tell you how this all started. After using my 3pt sprayer, 3pt spreader, box blade, and tiller I felt that I was on the edge of improper ballast for the front. Yeah, chores were being accomplished but was I really safe and efficient? My conclusion was no and thus I quickly ordered up my two extensions and seven weights as that is what the Deere info. said they would hold. At the risk of looking foolish, I will let you know of my blunder, though in the end it turned out OK. After my rush to place the order, I THEN consulted the manual and to my surprise I found that the front of the machines will accept the weights without the extensions. The frames already have the bracket and the holes for the lock rod. What I found was the 2305 will hold 5 weights and the 2520 will hold 3. By adding the extensions I will be able to add the full seven weights to both machines, though I probably would be OK with five on the 2305. I know why most people do not add these weights and extension, the $$$$$ adds up quickly. The extension alone is $180 and each weight is $52. Now for the 1000 series, apparently, per the manual you CAN NOT ADD FRONT WEIGHTS WITHOUT THE EXTENSION.

    Before bolting on the extensions I had a concern, would they work with the front quick attaches without interfering. As you can see, they can not. So, what I decided is that the extension would probably be on in the summer and the Quick hitches will be on in the winter any way. Somewhat of an inconvenience but it is only a couple of bolts. I have attached excerpts from each of the manuals as well as some helpful photos. Also, it looks like the same bracket (part number LVB25363) is used across the 1000 and 2000 series machines. The attached photos are of the tractors without the extensions.

    http://salesmanual.deere.com/sales/s..._kit_2305.html
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    Great info Randy. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. When I had the 2320, if I needed front weight, I just used the FEL and will probably do so with the 1026R. With the X728, I fashioned a tray that attached to the front using the integrated 1-1/4" receiver. In the tray I put (3) 50lb old elevator weights I have. You are right, front ballast sure makes everything seem much more "planted". I am curoius though, can the front grill guards be left on when the extension is on the machine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonyPark View Post
    Great info Randy. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. When I had the 2320, if I needed front weight, I just used the FEL and will probably do so with the 1026R. With the X728, I fashioned a tray that attached to the front using the integrated 1-1/4" receiver. In the tray I put (3) 50lb old elevator weights I have. You are right, front ballast sure makes everything seem much more "planted".
    True, the FEL makes for a great front weight, but I find it a bit combersome with all that out in front getting in the way. I think with all the hills I drive on I am best with the weights.

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    I am curoius though, can the front grill guards be left on when the extension is on the machine?
    CP, Yes the grill/hood guard can be left on and still use the extension. I could probably be talked into a photo if you have the need.
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    On the contrary, you can hang four or five weights on the front of a 1000. The only limitation is that there is no place for the $40 lock down pin to go. Previously on my 425 I used 1/2" zip ties to keep the sc weights from bouncing off. I had ordered the extension bracket for my new R. After I saw that the QH top mount had to be bolted in the same place as the extension, I sent it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XSKIER View Post
    On the contrary, you can hang four or five weights on the front of a 1000.
    So you are saying the JD liturature is in error?
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    Well, there are many times when practical application trumps technical jargon. I know, I know... Without a pic it never happened. I'll see what I can come up with.

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    What is this for? Possibly to hold the cable for the mechanical spout control?

    Just curious...


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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    True, the FEL makes for a great front weight, but I find it a bit combersome with all that out in front getting in the way. I think with all the hills I drive on I am best with the weights.



    CP, Yes the grill/hood guard can be left on and still use the extension. I could probably be talked into a photo if you have the need.
    Agreed, the FEL is cumbersome as front weight. I am lucky to have a lot of wide open spaces that are flat. I would never turn down a pic, but don't feel the need to go out of your way. Thanks again Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by lost in wisconsin View Post
    What is this for? Possibly to hold the cable for the mechanical spout control?

    Just curious...


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    Yup exactly, for the blower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonyPark View Post
    I would never turn down a pic, but don't feel the need to go out of your way. Thanks again Randy
    Oh sure, guilt me in to a photo. Maybe the weekend though.
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