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Started on the weight for the 2038R last night and got a fair amount done today. Much of it is tacked together only so I can figure out how high to mount it on the brackets. Finished the front arms and links today though. The arms are about $250 and the threaded links $140.00 from Deere and let me tell you they are worth every penny. I guess I knew that going in but I wanted to give the arms a try. There is a lot of fabricating in them. Don't expect a quick finish because of that dang day job but I hope to have it done by fall, well late fall anyway.:dunno:

So many pieces and dimensions. Don't really need a blueprint for it but it sure helps to know where your starting from when you need to change it. Great thing about computers. Take a photo, put it in a file and 20 years from now it should be there if the programs we use then will still open it.:laugh:
 

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Interesting. What's the weight for?? :munch::munch:I'll be watching. I like how you used a hammer to hold the front piece up.
 

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Interesting. What's the weight for?? :munch::munch:I'll be watching. I like how you used a hammer to hold the front piece up.
:munch:me too--:laugh: herminator--u telling me the turbo is keeping u from hooking the belly mower -so ur adding a weight to it-as u fly over head to try and hook it:unknown::lolol::hornets:

now don't go getting mad at me-ok. just too funny to resist it. so explain to us mountain people what ur doing here ok. :dunno::munch:
 

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No problem Jim.:laugh:

It’s for ground engaging work. I am looking for a way to add weight without handling weights. I have the R1’s and might fill them but they are much easier to change on or off with out weights or fluid. The deck makes a big difference for traction but I don’t want to beat that up using it for ballast. The auto connect really is handy and I thought this was a good way to quickly add weight. It will also serve a skid plate underneath to protect the pto and auto connect parts.
 

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It’s for ground engaging work. I am looking for a way to add weight without handling weights. I have the R1’s and might fill them but they are much easier to change on or off with out weights or fluid. The deck makes a big difference for traction but I don’t want to beat that up using it for ballast. The auto connect really is handy and I thought this was a good way to quickly add weight. It will also serve a skid plate underneath to protect the pto and auto connect parts.
But won't it also significantly lower the ground clearance of the machine? It seems like it would be similar to leaving the deck on while doing loader work on rough ground and having it always bottoming out and causing traction problems. The belly weight will be just like the deck, if it contacts the ground it can get you stuck.
 

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But won't it also significantly lower the ground clearance of the machine? It seems like it would be similar to leaving the deck on while doing loader work on rough ground and having it always bottoming out and causing traction problems. The belly weight will be just like the deck, if it contacts the ground it can get you stuck.
Good point but we’re called flat landers for a reason. The bottom should sit about 4” higher than the bottom of the deck and still higher than the rear end which is way to low on these imo. This is for field or driveway work so no real obstacles. For anything rougher I just bring home a farm tractor.

Actually that’s of the things I like about this site. Lots of people who look at things, understand how they work and notice issues that might come up so it can be adjusted in real time if needed.:good2:
 

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Actually that’s of the things I like about this site. Lots of people who look at things, understand how they work and notice issues that might come up so it can be adjusted in real time if needed.:good2:
Agree with you there is a lot of help on here and a lot of opinions. I found this site while I was having trouble with my 1020 and found the knowledge to straighten the problem out. and I have been hooked since then.
 

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Some days I am shocked at how little I get done. Had a couple of mods and then did a test fit. Once I had it adjusted I added the square tubing to the side. Since I cannot do things simple had some angles to cut and measure. Squaring it was an exercise as well. Now need to set the height n the lift brackets. It has 10.5” of ground clearance currently, depending on height to crawl over it I may lower it a little. I need to find a better way to keep the front up for connecting, the spring off the bottom works better for a deck but I would prefer it not hanging down on this. It is about 5-6” but think I can spring it from the top. :dunno:
 

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Forward progress has been made. Have to finish up the rear ramp ledges, add a little weight to the rear and put the plate steel top and bottom and a couple up stops. I will add the bottom plate, paint it inside and out and then finish it up. Sorry forgot a mounted photo.
 

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Bottom side is done.:good2:

My grandfather told me if you pick up a calf every day from the time it is born you should be able to pick it up when it is a cow. I am starting to think he fibbed.:laugh:
 

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This is a pretty slick project Herm. It looks like you've come up with a great way to add weight ... without adding weight.

My grandfather told me if you pick up a calf every day from the time it is born you should be able to pick it up when it is a cow.
Your grandfather's wisdom is pretty straightforward and makes perfect sense. Was he disappointed that you weren't able to meet his expectations? :laugh:
 

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Finished up tonight. Ran out of talent a couple times during this one but it turned out well and I know more about adjusting the auto-connect and what can change the dynamics of it than I ever thought I would.

Wife should be happy, although she understands there is painting and sandblasting in my future.
 

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Wow, nice job :thumbup1gif:

Final weight?
 

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The code name for the project was ACB autoconnect ballast. The model number ended up ACB-500. But was I being like Deere and using metric or lbs? It seems like too much work for 500kg though.


Much lighter than this.
John Deere 7R Tractors - EZ Ballast - YouTube


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I like the 2038R GH cut out on the front of the support arms. What does GH stand for
 

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I like the 2038R GH cut out on the front of the support arms. What does GH stand for
Initials. Good thing there is no W or V because my servo’s on my manual Bridgeport are not good with angles.:good2:

I put the model on so when I go senile I will know what it fits, just not what it is for.
 
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