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Have used my 2305 ballast-less or with a 4' cutter for minor clearing work but have begun moving dirt, working on slopes or in ditches and very uneven ground with little maneuver room so decided to order a 15073 ballast box especially since my glutes are really toned now from all those cheek-squeezing reps!

Plan to add a couple of tool tubes and fill it with cement as per many ideas seen here but now think I would like to get the extension kit so I can throw a tool box, chains, etc on top of filled box. My question is will I be able to attach the extension to the box after I have filled it with cement? From pictures of the basic box, there appears to be an inner lip at the top on both front and back and I'm thinking that will be the top of the cement fill. How far does the extension overlap the box?

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Here is my rendition of what you are thinking of doing.

Ballast Box Toolbox

Just don't fill your cement higher than the bolt holes and you'll be good to go. The extension fits to the outside of the box.
 
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Thanks, RandyM! Cool looking box, a professional job!!
Thank you! Just make sure we get to see your masterpiece. :thumbup1gif:
 

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I put the extension on my ballast box recently and highly recommend that you just go ahead and add it up front, provided you are already leaning that way. Yes, it will be possible to add it later if you plan for it, but it is just easier to add it now. I have a bunch of bricks, wheel weights and suitcase weights in mine now and used it last weekend for the first time with this tractor and I have had the tractor for 1 1/2 years. I am strongly considering filling it with concrete and would leave 2-3 inches recessed at the top to carry something like chains. I have no idea how much it weighs right now and have no idea of how much it would weigh if I filled it with concrete, but I don't think I can make it too heavy to be able to lift it.

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I bought the extension when I bought my ballast box. Mine's filled with small gravel and weighs in somewhere around 900 pounds. As ddinham said, buy the extension now. I have a couple of pieces of 2" PVC in mine to hold shovels. I'm not nearly as fancy as Randy! :laugh:

When I put the gravel in mine, I had it pretty well even with the top. I actually drove my tractor the 3 miles to the gravel pit, so on the ride back home the gravel did settle down about an inch or so. No biggie, I can set a chain up there as needed. I also ended up setting a couple of plastic bags of gravel (bought at Wally-world) on top which adds another 70 pounds or so.
 

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Thanks for the input, guys! Yeah, probably right as to me already knowing if I'm gonna add it better to add it beforehand but I'm usually a 'measure twice, cut once kinda guy' and $140 seems like a lot to me for the extension. Box should be here tomorrow and if I decide to get the extension will definitely wait to do the cement fill.

When I got the tractor I went to the nearest JD dealer to get filters, fluids, etc and tried to order the box but he wouldn't even order it for me,, said I didn't need it. Took me back to his office and talked to me about being careful, etc,,, went with what he said but first time I got on a slope with a bucket full of dirt I went through my first series of glute squeezes! Two other dealers said they would order but $85 for freight on top. Found another dealer not too much farther - no freight - and probably will be using them from now on. Titan has a cheaper one but reviews even on their site weren't that great plus they didn't even know if they had any in stock,, so it's been a fun ride for something so simple!

Again, thanks for the info!
 

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Thanks for the input, guys! Yeah, probably right as to me already knowing if I'm gonna add it better to add it beforehand but I'm usually a 'measure twice, cut once kinda guy' and $140 seems like a lot to me for the extension. Box should be here tomorrow and if I decide to get the extension will definitely wait to do the cement fill.

When I got the tractor I went to the nearest JD dealer to get filters, fluids, etc and tried to order the box but he wouldn't even order it for me,, said I didn't need it. Took me back to his office and talked to me about being careful, etc,,, went with what he said but first time I got on a slope with a bucket full of dirt I went through my first series of glute squeezes! Two other dealers said they would order but $85 for freight on top. Found another dealer not too much farther - no freight - and probably will be using them from now on. Titan has a cheaper one but reviews even on their site weren't that great plus they didn't even know if they had any in stock,, so it's been a fun ride for something so simple!

Again, thanks for the info!
I'm dumbfounded that ANY dealer would say you DON'T need ballast. I wouldn't talk to that guy for any advice in the future.

Using ballast IS being careful, and not using it is one of the least careful things you could do as you would be operating a VERY imbalanced machine.
 
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I'm dumbfounded that ANY dealer would say you DON'T need ballast. I wouldn't talk to that guy for any advice in the future.
Using ballast IS being careful, and not using it is one of the least careful things you could do as you would be operating a VERY imbalanced machine.
Don't plan on goin back there again unless really pressed for parts, etc,,, might have mis-read him but seemed pretty condescending to me,, anyway water under the bridge. Appreciate the comments.
 

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I'm dumbfounded that ANY dealer would say you DON'T need ballast. I wouldn't talk to that guy for any advice in the future.

Using ballast IS being careful, and not using it is one of the least careful things you could do as you would be operating a VERY imbalanced machine.
It's very hard to say something is unnecessary when it's specified in the manual as being required :banghead:
 
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