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We live north of Colorado Springs, Colorado - At 7,500' - On 5 acres of sloped, ponderosa pine, forested land.
3-1/2+ acres is "open" - That is, it's cleared of brush/foliage, except for the trees. I cut the 3-1/2 acres 6-8 times a year - Depending on the precipitation/growth.
As well... Annually... Trees/limbs fall. Chipping up the foliage/smaller stuff - I cut up the trunks/bigger limbs - And take 'em up to the road -
Where neighbors gladly take 'em for firewood (ironically, we have gas fire places).

Our 3 car garage has a concrete pad in front of it - With an adjoining 130'+ single lane asphalt driveway - Leading uphill to the road.
From OCT-MAY - We regularly get snow falls - Of 8"-20" and more.

Turning 71 this year - And with a back suffering from way too many helicopter and armored personal carrier "exits" (22 years in the U.S. Army) -
I decided it was time to sell my garden tractor and walk behind snow blower. I'm now the proud new owner of the following:
John Deere: 2019 1025R SCUT, 120R Front End Loader, 54D Mid-Mount Side Discharge Mower, 54-Inch Quick Hitch Blade | Heavy Hitch: 53-Inch Bucket Tooth Bar -
And an assortment of other KBOGH and Heavy Hitch accessories.

Given the slope of our property and driveway - I tell you all of the above - To ask for your expertise and advice.
I realize that I need some REAR ballast - When using the FEL on our property - And when using the 54-Inch Quick Hitch Blade to clear our pad/driveway.
I'm not particularly a "fan" of ballast boxes/wheel weights/filled tires - So... I've decided to use SUITCASE WEIGHTS.

FIRST QUESTION:
I'm going to buy a Heavy Hitch 3 Point Hitch Receiver Drawbar With Suitcase Weight Bracket. Question is - Which one to buy?
HH1U0-B? - With a SINGLE Offset Weight Bracket: https://heavyhitch.com/product/category-1-receiver-hitch-and-offset-suitcase-weight-bracket-for-3-point-hitch-cp/
Or
HH1DB-B - With a DUEL Offset Weight Bracket: https://heavyhitch.com/product/category-1-receiver-hitch-and-dual-suitcase-weight-bracket-for-3-point-hitch-cp/

SECOND QUESTION: WHICH SIZE SUITCASE WEIGHTS TO BUY?
42 Pound? - John Deere Part #R66949
Or
70 Pound? John Deere Part #BM19780

WHY?
Your expertise and advice are greatly appreciated.
Thanks ahead, Joe
 

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My opinion would be to buy the heavy duty HH where you can add 16 42# weights. I have the one that holds 8 and after a year I wish I had bought the other one. I would also suggest 42# weights. Every day we grow older and who knows how well you could handle 70# weights at 85 years old. You could start out with the 8 weights and see how you like it. If you decide you want more you would have the hitch to accommodate them. You would also have time to maybe find additional used weights on Craigslist or from another source.

Where you live and with the amount of snow you get I would think you might want to consider a cab or weather enclosure. I’m the same age as you are and live in Wisconsin so we usually don’t get as much snow as Colorado but the Mauser cab with heat is awesome. I know it’s expensive but don’t wait until your 80 years old to make your frequent chores less physically demanding. I plowed with a x728 and a 54” plow for many years but that -50F or more Wind chill is just not something I want to brave unnecessarily. If possible I would suggest a bigger plow. I have an FEL 66” plow and the extra 12” makes a big difference on how long it takes to get the job done.

If you do get some kind of cab be very cautious about how it will change your center of gravity. While the cab is great for plowing cutting the grass on my sloped areas along the sides of my house was a scary endeavor. Never a problem before the cab. To increase safety I added 1.4” rear spacers and 200# of wheel weights. The tractor still has a higher center of gravity than before the cab was installed but I’m no longer concerned I might tip it over.

Good Luck!
 

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I agree with Sportshot2 on both the hitch and weights.

Having the option to use more weights is good. That doesn’t mean you have to but nice to have the option.

42# weights. I have a nasty cast of RA and lifting the 42# weights is a serious challenge. I would never be able to handle the 75#.

Also - I’m not sure of the configuration of the 1 series but on my 2 series I routinely use the 42# weights on the front of the tractor (with an extended weight bracket) which holds 7 weights. You can’t use 75# weights on the front without a serious custom made bracket.

When I use my brush hog I usually remove the loader. Reason being is I am in the woods and on a good slope. The setup with the brush hog with loader on is way too long for me to navigate. So I remove the loader and use the 7 42# weights on the front. The tractor is actually much more stable that way than with the loader on.

And another note - if you are going to order from Heavy Hitch and you don’t yet have your suitcase weights, talk to Greg (owner) about the weights. He can make you a decent deal and ship them through Fastenall. All in all a great deal if you are buying multiple weights.
 

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I have the dual HH weight bracket on my 1025r and wouldn’t be without it. I have eight 42lb weights and eight 70lb weights. For ballast I use the 70 pounders and usually six of the 42 ponders. Occasionally I will use all 16 weights. The 42 pounders fit on the front of my 1025r with the extended weight bracket from John Deere. For Fathers Day my wife and kids gave me the Heavy Hitch front weight bracket, which can hold eight of the 42 pound weights or the 70 pound weights on the front.

I’m 45 and lifting the 70 pound weights is not much fun for me so I can’t imagine being 71 and doing it unless you are a professional body builder. I’d suggest getting the dual weight bracket and sixteen of the 42 pound weights. Then possibly have the rear tires filled to give you enough ballast.



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Totally agree

I totally agree with the 42 lb. weights. I have the Heavy Hitch single rear weight bracket and the front bracket. Wouldn't want to sling anything heavier around.
I ain't gettin any younger. :cry:
 

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I'll cast another vote for the 42 lbers, I do have 7 70 lbers as well but they are a handful.

Another piece of advice is definitely get the cart that goes with the weight brackets, I would use mine a lot more than I do but putting that on and then adding the weights each time is a PITA.
 

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First of all, :wgtt:

Second, congratulations on the new tractor and implements.

As far as the hitch and weights go I will agree with what most have posted.

Get the hitch that will hold the most weight.

Get the cart.

I can't remember in your list of stuff if you got an iMatch. If you did, :thumbup1gif:, if not I'd recommend it.

As far as the weights go I'd get a mix. You get a lot of bang for your buck (and space) with the 70 pounders. I'd get 2 to 4 of them and consider them permanent fixtures on the hitch. I would make up the rest with 42 pounders that you can more easily handle to adjust the weight as needed.

Congrats and happy Tractoring!
 

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I have the dual HH bracket for my 2520. Different tractor and ballast requirements but the single wouldn't be enough for me. If you want to avoid buying the cart for the HH you could do what I did... Use a small pallet and some 6x6 blocks to make a stand that you can lower the weight bracket down onto to remove from the 3-point. Then you can move it around with the forks if you need to reposition it.

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I have 8x42 on the Heavy Hitch single. That being said, I also have a JD quick hitch, and I feel that gives me some extra leverage. Somebody else also pointed out that you can turn the weights around, giving a smidge more leverage. I have filled rear wheels and have never had the tractor get anywhere near unstable, even when moving some heavy stuff. In your case I'd make sure the tires were filled, and consider spacers as well. Weights? Eh... do as you see fit. And be careful!
 

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Guys:
Thanks for all of your advice, experience and expertise.
As usual... Invaluable.

I've decided to buy the Heavy Hitch 3 Point Hitch Receiver Drawbar -
HH1DB-B - With a DUEL Offset Weight Bracket:

Your points about age and 70 pound Suitcase Weights are valuable considerations as we age.
I've decided to go with the 42 Pounders - John Deere Part #R66949
16 of 'em = 672 Pounds
The Heavy Hitch, itself, weighs 60 pounds.
Combined... 732 pounds ought to meet my current needs -
With the ability to sell 4-6 - And replace 'em with 70 pounders (If my back can handle 'em).:thumbup1gif:

Next item on the agenda > Where to get the best price > Cost + Shipping.

Thx again for all of your input.
 

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The weights don't seem to have much variation in pricing. You may want to wait for your dealer to have a 15% off parts sale, which they seem to do a couple times a year. Short of finding them used on CL or elsewhere that seems to be on of the best deals.

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Guys:
Thanks for all of your advice, experience and expertise.
As usual... Invaluable.

I've decided to buy the Heavy Hitch 3 Point Hitch Receiver Drawbar -
HH1DB-B - With a DUEL Offset Weight Bracket:

Your points about age and 70 pound Suitcase Weights are valuable considerations as we age.
I've decided to go with the 42 Pounders - John Deere Part #R66949
16 of 'em = 672 Pounds
The Heavy Hitch, itself, weighs 60 pounds.
Combined... 732 pounds ought to meet my current needs -
With the ability to sell 4-6 - And replace 'em with 70 pounders (If my back can handle 'em).:thumbup1gif:

Next item on the agenda > Where to get the best price > Cost + Shipping.

Thx again for all of your input.
Read the last paragraph of my post #4 in this thread about that.
 

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I always thought they were 50 lb.'s


I've got 8 for my 955....always figured they felt heavy for 50's

I guess I gotta weigh one and figure out if I'm a Sissy or a Stud
 

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Thank you for your service

I bought the Heavy Hitch Super Duty single for 8 - 42lb weights. With the 70lb wheel weights and the loaded heavy hitch i can pick up a full bucket load of gravel and everything is stable front to back.
 
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