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Hoping that the forecast is right and we do get some snow tomorrow :pray:, I decided to move this project up on the list.

The Kubota weights are a bit different and require a bit more work to make a bracket. (wish I'd kept my old Deere weights..)

I ran out of steam before I got all the little things done like the top plate for the center bracket and the end caps. Had a couple old strap ends that I saved when they got frayed so I am ready for a test run.

Now if it will just snow :pray:.....at least enough to give this a try....:plowsnow:
 

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Nice job! Beautiful welds:good2:
 

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As a long time rear blade user I have to ask, what is the advantage of placing weights that far forward on the blade frame?
 

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As a long time rear blade user I have to ask, what is the advantage of placing weights that far forward on the blade frame?
I realize the forward position is not optimal. I have a future plan to add a bracket directly above the blade.

With this placement I am also hoping to keep some weight on the hitch for rear traction as well a some weight on the blade.

Like I said, it is a test run. :read

I might also use some different weights for the rear. :think:
 
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Well we didn't get any "snow"..

But we did get a couple inches of sleet and a bit of frozen rain.. Close Enough! :yahoo:

Plowed the drive.
Plowed the neighbors drive.

Awe what the heck, I plowed the road. Well at least a few miles of it.

And just because I am a good neighbor, I cleaned out the ends of everyone's driveways. :drinks:

:plowsnow: :yahoo: :plowsnow: :yahoo: :plowsnow: :yahoo: :plowsnow: :yahoo:

The rear blade with the new weight bracket.. :good2:!
Good weight on the blade and still some weight on the rear tires.
The blade scraped off the semi-frozen stuff right down to asphalt. Didn't ride up on stuff either. The road had been driven on so some of it was pretty well packed. No problem.

I wasn't sure how well it would work. Like someone posted, the weights are a bit forward, but it worked really well. :cheers:
Next test will be playing in the dirt, but I think I found a sweet spot.

Should have taken the camera with me, but I was having too much fun. :kidw_truck_smiley:
It is confirmed, now even the neighbors know I'm nuts. :bigbeer:
 

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Nice work.

Do the weights interfere with rotating the blade180 degrees?
 

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Nice work.

Do the weights interfere with rotating the blade180 degrees?
Thank You.

The blade clears the bottom of the weights.

That took a bit of figuring and somehow I managed to do the math right. :laugh:
 
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As a long time rear blade user I have to ask, what is the advantage of placing weights that far forward on the blade frame?
I was thinking the same thing but then I thought...you know the kind of thinking that gets you in trouble. Thought that maybe seeing as I don't know anything about orange, that maybe it needed all the help it could get. :dunno: :hide:
 

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I was thinking the same thing but then I thought...you know the kind of thinking that gets you in trouble. Thought that maybe seeing as I don't know anything about orange, that maybe it needed all the help it could get. :dunno: :hide:
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Given that I am the operator....any tractor could use all the help it can get. :lolol:
 
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Given that I am the operator....any tractor could use all the help it can get. :lolol:
Us Tn. folks are like that. :bigbeer: :laugh:
 
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Hoping that the forecast is right and we do get some snow tomorrow :pray:, I decided to move this project up on the list.

The Kubota weights are a bit different and require a bit more work to make a bracket. (wish I'd kept my old Deere weights..)

I ran out of steam before I got all the little things done like the top plate for the center bracket and the end caps. Had a couple old strap ends that I saved when they got frayed so I am ready for a test run.

Now if it will just snow :pray:.....at least enough to give this a try....:plowsnow:
I should do something like that to avoid repeat of the mess I threw together last winter.

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If I could weld like that, I'd never leave the house.

I don't think that's how the joke goes, but beautiful welds, just the same. I have two welders but rarely use them. I hope to get some practice this spring when I attempt to convert a couple of implements I bought over to QH status.
 
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I should do something like that to avoid repeat of the mess I threw together last winter.

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Some pretty creative "wings" on the sides.

Your hydraulics will make the mod interesting. The plus for you is that the JD weights just hang. All you'll need is a 3/8" x 3" flat bar for the weight bracket.

I'd love to have hydraulic angle!

Shouldn't be hard to come up with something that will work.

Good luck and keep us posted.
 

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Spent some quality shop time today and finished up a few loose ends on the rear blade weight brackets.

Drilled out a hole and welded a nut to the frame to hold the weights against the main tube. Then I finished the cap for the center mount.

Just in time if the weather guessers are right, 1-3" of ? tonight...:yahoo:
 

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