I have a front end loader and a 47" snowblower for my recently purchased 1025R and want to ensure that I have the proper counter-weight to be within John Deere spec - and provable, should anything happen to the 4WD hubs down the road where JD might require proof of proper ballast.
I have really only used the front end loader once for a brief job of moving 4 yards of sifted, black topsoil around my yard... and would probably use the FEL just occasionally for an odd yard/property task. So, mostly it will be detached from my tractor. The snowblower, would obviously be attached the duration of a Michigan winter.
Ballast box weight currently consists of 'tubes' of sand - - -I had them in the trunk of my daughters rear wheel drive Mustang to give her better snow traction. Probably not quite enough weight for the ballast box though.
I can't find specs on what John Deere actually require for ballast box weight - in total - when using a front end loader or a snow-blower. The FEL owners manual did show a few charts that merely specified what 'sand' and 'concrete' weight would add when the ballast box was filled either material... something like 274# using sand and 374# when using concrete.
Concrete would be permanent. Is there any reason why I *wouldn't* want to use concrete?
And, is the weight of a ballast box filled with concrete enough weight in the rear when using a Front End Loader? If not, what is the solution??
I hesitate filling my rear tires with 'beat juice', because I don't want tire ruts in my yard when mowing soft ground in the spring / late fall.
So - can anyone tell me what the recommended ballast weight should be when using a front end loader/snow blower.... and what I might do to achieve this with the JD Ballast Box I have?