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I'm thinking of ordering a Heavy Hitch receiver draw bar with weight bracket for my 2025...so I can use some of my attachments I have, that are the pin and trailer ball type hookup. I have a nice York Rake, and a dump cart I still want to use. I'm sort of wishing I hadn't bought the weight box, and instead went with this hitch and some suitcase weights instead. Am I right in thinking that? Question about the hitch...do the suitcase weight just hang on the bracket?...or do they go on with a locking rod? I'm in the woods a lot, and would prefer not to have the weights sliding from side to side if possible. I dont have enough to fill the bracket completely....yet ;)
 

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I'm thinking of ordering a Heavy Hitch receiver draw bar with weight bracket for my 2025...so I can use some of my attachments I have, that are the pin and trailer ball type hookup. I have a nice York Rake, and a dump cart I still want to use. I'm sort of wishing I hadn't bought the weight box, and instead went with this hitch and some suitcase weights instead. Am I right in thinking that? Question about the hitch...do the suitcase weight just hang on the bracket?...or do they go on with a locking rod? I'm in the woods a lot, and would prefer not to have the weights sliding from side to side if possible. I dont have enough to fill the bracket completely....yet ;)
Yes, the ballast box is a one purpose device where the weights have great flexibility and a wide range of practical uses, especially compared to the ballast box. Suitcase weights are the way to go for sure.

The suitcase weights have a rod which goes through the front edge and has spring clip pins on the end of the rods. The weights won't slide around much, if at all, if using the bar and pins to hold them. The main point is to keep them from coming off the top, which is very unlikely, but the weight of them on the bracket, they don't move much, if at all.

I hang the weights on various implements without any extra hold downs and never had a weight move, let alone bang around or come off.
 

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I have the same weight bracket and use it for snow plowing. Never had an issue with the weights moving around or coming off. PLUS, you can get the front bracket and use the weights up there. Can't do that with the ballast box. Not that a ballast box is bad. I have both.
Heavy Hitch makes a quality product.
 

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Ditto EVT I have that same weight hanger/receiver and the front mount, as well. No regrets, though it is the most expensive form of ballast. I have 16*42 pound suitcase weights on each (I have two, one for each tractor/home.) A word of advise, get the cart that Heavy Hitch makes for it, also. In this manner, you don't have to remove the weights when mounting/dismounting from the 3-point. There is no type of retaining rod for the rear weight hanger/receiver that I'm aware of. It is partitioned from side to side. So if you install weights in multiples of four, you wouldn't have an issue with them sliding around. However, you'd have to be getting awfully aggressive to have them slide even if they were not hung in multiples of four.
 

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If you are looking at the one that I use there isn't a way to secure the weights other than gravity. While the OEM front weight bracket on my Z950R has long rods that pin the weights in place, the HH doesn't have holes for doing this. Just don't turn off gravity and you will be fine. If you fill up all the slots (8 weights) they really don't move. I only use 6 as that is what I have but I will use one of those black rubber bungee cords to hook them all together and they don't move at all. That way I don't have to listen to them rattling as much going over rough ground.

Here is the one I have.

https://heavyhitch.com/product/category-1-receiver-hitch-and-suitcase-weight-bracket-for-3-point-hitch/

Since you have a bigger machine than my X585, You might want to consider the double row version. It isn't that much more and will allow you to add even more weight as needed.

https://heavyhitch.com/product/category-1-receiver-hitch-and-dual-suitcase-weight-bracket-for-3-point-hitch-cp/

The one comment I will make about it in general is that it won't be an issue if you leave something in the 2" receiver all the time for instance I normally always have my trailer hitch with 2" ball since all my trailers use a 2" ball. If you are pulling this out to swap it a lot, it can be hard to reach the hitch pin for the 2" receiver with the weights in place. They do make an offset one with the single row which might help address being able to reach that hitch pin. Not sure. I will go with the bigger double row one if replacing my X585 with a bigger machine.

https://heavyhitch.com/product/category-1-receiver-hitch-and-offset-suitcase-weight-bracket-for-3-point-hitch-cp/
 

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Just a word of caution, there is no down force with the 3-point. The only thing that holds it down is gravity. So when utilizing a dump cart connected to the receiver, when you dump the cart and the load transfers beyond the cart's center of gravity, the tongue, weight hanger/receiver, and 3-point arms will all come up to the stop of the 3-point arms suddenly. So using a dump cart on a 3-point drawbar can be rather cumbersome.

As you've probably experienced, the belly hitch plate is pretty close to the rear axle center line. This, in turn, creates clearance issues when backing or turning. This maybe why you are, in part, considering the weight hanger/receiver. I've just been living with it for the time being. However, on my next order to Heavy Hitch, I'm going to add Receiver Hitch Plate. This replaces the OEM belly plate. I'll then install a spud with just a drop pin hole. This should move the attaching point back further, resolving the cart clearance issues and making it easier to hook up.
 

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Just a word of caution, there is no down force with the 3-point. The only thing that holds it down is gravity. So when utilizing a dump cart connected to the receiver, when you dump the cart and the load transfers beyond the cart's center of gravity, the tongue, weight hanger/receiver, and 3-point arms will all come up to the stop of the 3-point arms suddenly. So using a dump cart on a 3-point drawbar can be rather cumbersome.

As you've probably experienced, the belly hitch plate is pretty close to the rear axle center line. This, in turn, creates clearance issues when backing or turning. This maybe why you are, in part, considering the weight hanger/receiver. I've just been living with it for the time being. However, on my next order to Heavy Hitch, I'm going to add Receiver Hitch Plate. This replaces the OEM belly plate. I'll then install a spud with just a drop pin hole. This should move the attaching point back further, resolving the cart clearance issues and making it easier to hook up.
You're on to exactly what I was thinking! Good point about the three point hitch and gravity...a cart weighing more that the rear ballast could tip up pushing the arms to max. Hmmm. I wonder if I could just attach a clevis hook or receiver to the bottom of the ballast box...just to use the your rake...and scrap the cart idea and use the bucket for carrying firewood instead of the cart.
Think the weight box is strong enough for this?
 

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You're on to exactly what I was thinking! Good point about the three point hitch and gravity...a cart weighing more that the rear ballast could tip up pushing the arms to max. Hmmm. I wonder if I could just attach a clevis hook or receiver to the bottom of the ballast box...just to use the your rake...and scrap the cart idea and use the bucket for carrying firewood instead of the cart.
Think the weight box is strong enough for this?
Unless you drove around with the 3pt hitch all the way up and used a drop hitch in the 2" receiver to get the cart level. The only thing I don't like about that idea is that it is better to pull a heavy cart from a connection point lower on the tractor or you could be doing wheelies like you are in a tractor pull.

Personally I move firewood with the FEL. If I am using a dump cart, I rarely (heck don't think I ever have) pull it with my tractor. It has been on my ATV or now we use a golf cart. The main thing I use that for is just picking up sticks to haul them down to the burn pile. If doing mulch or something big we have a tandem axle dump trailer but then I pull that with a truck close to the point of use then use the FEL to spread it. Can't use the FEL if the tractor with the FEL is also pulling the trailer. Though martincom is a lucky dog and has two 1025Rs. :gizmo:

 

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It's been mentioned but it definitely worth mentioning again. Get the cart along with the HH weight bracket. I would probably use my weight bracket more if it weren't for putting the weights on and taking them back off every use. Live and learn I say, and I've learned that the cart is being ordered soon. Also, there is no rod on the weight bracket, but the weights never seem to go anywhere. Much like the front weight bracket a rollover is the only time I could ever see a weight coming out.
 

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MJFlores, in answer to your question about a receiver hitch on a ballast box, the answer IMHO is most definitely yes. A a good idea for sure:good2:!
 

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If you plan to use any ground engaging attachments like a subsoiler or ripper, be sure you get the super duty version. I think it might be an extra $50 but for me it was worth it. I overlooked that wording on their website and busted a standard duty version when my subsoiler hit a stump. My father was driving my 2025R at the time and pushed it a little too hard thinking it was just a root versus an actual stump. I chalked that up to my own stupidity and ordered the super duty version which has served me well.

I made my own mobile cart for it. The mobile carts are great if you'll need to remove it to mount a different implement on the iMatch. I have a welder so I made my own mobile cart. I thin I spent about $25 on casters from Northern Tool, and then the rest was made from scrap steel I had laying around.

Heavy Hitch makes some great stuff. I also have their front weight bracket. The 42 pound suitcase weights fit perfectly.
 

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I have the super duty heavy hitch on my 1025R now. I really like the Heavy h\Hitch products. Purchased bucket tooth bar, weight hitch and weight stand. I filled the hitch base with lead shot for extra weight.
 

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I looked hard at the Heavy Hitch with receiver and weight rack. Nice stuff, but in the end I opted for a cheap ballast box and a few hundred lbs of gravel for my modest ballast needs. For me, the deal-breaker was the cost of the weights, especially if shipping is needed. $50 each for 40 lbs added to the cost of the Heavy Hitch super-duty rack can be a big investment if you’re looking to ballast a full loader bucket or if you’re working with pallet forks lifting close to the max capacity of the FEL on a SCUT.

The bucket tooth bar...now that is intriguing, although I’m torn between it and a Ratchet Rake.
 
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