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I know a little late for this but may help some. If you are smw what handy will try to tell you how to make home made wheel weights. Take you wheel off or use one already off.Cut a circle the size of the inner wheel at the bottom (where the mounting are. Use 1/4 to 3/8th plywood. Support the wheel on anything to raise it off the ground about 3 inches. Drill holes through the holes other than the mounting ones. Cut 4 pieces of 3/8th threaded rod. Place the lug nuts in the holes then place the plywood over them. Then place a heavy plastic bag or sheet plastic over everything draping over the wheel. place the rod in the holes and a nut and washer on both sides of the wheel hub. Drilling through the plastic and plywood and tighten evenly around the wheel. Been the rod towards the center of the wheel about 15 degrees to secure it in the cement.
Then cut a piece of sheet metal like duct work, how ever thick you want to weight to stick out past the wheel. Place it around the inside of the rim. Overlap the ends and tape securely. Smooth out the bag and allow to drape of the metal. Fill with concrete. Place a indent or mark in the concrete. aligned this the air stem in the back of the wheel. Allow to dry turn over remove the nuts and remount the wheel and then mount the cement back in place. Has worked on 4 tractors so far. You can imbed a bent rod to life the weights with to mount. Hope it works for you
 

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I did something similar to a friends Case 442 hi-wheel once. It had loaded tires and one of the rims had rotted so we used the remaining good wheel as our mold and put two new rims on the tractor.

I bent and welded a bunch of rebar into a round cage to reinforce the concrete and then welded that to some threaded rod which would attach the weight to the wheel.

Then we bolted the rebar frame to the old wheel which we lined in about seven or eight layers of heavy wax paper. The extra layers acted both as a mold release and to make sure we would have enough clearance around the wheel. We put silly putty on exposed threads we wanted to keep clean. Finally we poured in the concrete and troweled it smooth with the face of the rim. I made a little "CASE" logo out of some extra key stock and we stamped the face of the weights with it.

The next weekend we pulled the slug out of the mold and burned off anything that had stuck to it. A wire wheel cleaned up the threads. A little sealer, a little paint; IH/case red with case tan engraved lettering outlined in black, and they were done. I wish I had a picture because they looked like they were OEM accessories. In fact, some people thought they were!

I don't remember how much they weighed, but they were heavy enough that it took both of us to get them mounted on the tractor.
 

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If I hadn't found a pair of JD wheel weights for my JD855, my intention was to make my own concrete ones out of a cut down 5 gallon pail, all thread for mounting, re bar, and mesh wire.. The key being to securely tie the mounting bolts/all thread securely to the reinforcement in the concrete..

I live in the very corner of my township, and my township and the other 3 surrounding ones all use home made concrete weights on there tractors with boom style ditch mowers... All seem to be successful...

My best advice is to use anti seize compound on the threads that mount any wheel weight to make sure you can get them apart easily if required..

Good luck..
 

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:ttiwwp: Just sayin...
 

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Concrete is around 120-150 lbs per cubic foot. Steel is around 450 lbs per cubic foot. You can use Pi*r^2 (area) multiplied by hub depth to figure volume of the hub concrete in cubic feet. Party.
 

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True, steel has a higher density. Sometimes $/pound is more important. I can pick up a few bags of quickcrete for the same price as a pizza and then cast it into exactly the size and shape weight that I want. Steel weights (even used ones) are very expensive compared to concrete or DIY liquid ballast. Generic weights often look like they don't fit right and weights built specifically for a certain tractor can be tough to find because unless you want to pay a hefty freight bill, you are limited to what you can source locally.
 

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Evergreen Exactly why I posted the article. Wants to let people know the easy way to make a weight and not spend a ton of bucks. You can make them as this as you like. If I am thinking right the JD cement one are only 80 pounds and that is a bag of concrete and some of you time. Very cheap and easy.
 

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Excuse me Kinda hard to take pics from something I made 15 years ago. Was trying to be help full was all.
I was just wanting to see what the end result looked like. My mind works better with pictures. I tend to make mistakes when I don't see pics to get it right in my head. It's like when someone says it's a mile from here, I think of the mile long road we lived on when I was a kid, including the 7 houses on that road to realize just how far away it is. Half a mile is the same way as we lived right at the half mile point. With all the stuff you guys were batting around on how to do it, a pic would have made it easier for me to figure out what you were saying on how it's done. No disrespect intended.
 
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