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You're looking at about 165 pounds of cargo for four cans (a little over 8lbs per gallon plus weight of the cans) plus the weight of the rack. All told, you're probably in the 250-300 pound range. They should hold up well, especially if you can evenly balance the weight on each side. Putting more weight on one side may cause some bending of the rack if the weight bounces in transit.

I see those sort of racks in use quite a bit, so I'm guessing they hold up well. Be mindful of having the cans exposed to direct sun while in transit... Don't drive too far on a really hot day.
 

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Just looked it up... My weight estimate for the fuel was a bit to the high side. Average weight for a gallon of diesel is just north of 7 lbs (not 8 like I had estimated at). So, drop my weight estimates by about 20 pounds overall.
 

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You know, the instant I read that figure I thought, "Hey, he's got to be off at least 10 or so ounces there!:laugh:

AND, using it on the back of a tractor hitch... dynamite! Never gave that a thought since I'm not thinking up on that large a scale yet. I'm still a "Compact Guy trapped on a garden tractor seat.":laugh:
My brain automatically goes to "8 pounds per gallon" when it's a liquid instead of actually thinking about *which* liquid it is.

Using on the tractor hitch could certainly have its advantages, unless you stop and refuel the tractor (which would remove the ballast!).
 
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