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Sand, concrete, rocks...what did you use? Also, how much does it hold?

I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to put in it and how much I need. I was thinking about using play sand (with some PVC tool holders, obviously) but I'm not sure.
 

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I put the old sand from our pool filter in mine. The filter holds approx. 250lbs. That amount by no means fills the box. I honestly put the tiller on if I need a lot of ballast, the BB doesn't see much use around my place.


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Landscape bricks. I already had them sitting around so they were free and plenty heavy for the job.
 

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I filled mine with Portland cement, and 2-4" pvc pipes for chains, or chain saw, plus 2-2" pvc pipes for tools. I wanted it the heaviest I could get it and figure I either want ballast or not so no need to make it adjustable.
 

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Just common bricks with a cardboard liner. Must be 600lbs or more.
 

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Sand, concrete, rocks...what did you use? Also, how much does it hold?

I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to put in it and how much I need. I was thinking about using play sand (with some PVC tool holders, obviously) but I'm not sure.
What tractor / loader do you have?
 
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for a 2305.... 4- 2 1/2" PVC pipes for tool holders, rocks for about 8" sand on top of that to 4" below rim, making a space for chain or whatever,
no idea what it weights, but must be in the 550 lbs range....
 

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1025R, h120/53", R4's and 72# rear wheel weights.
I would start with the recommendations listed in the owners manual for the 1025R and H120 loader. JD lists the MINIMUM required ballast for use with the loader. Most rear implements do not meet the minimum ballast weight requirements.

Approved Tires and Ballast for 1023E, 1025R, and 1026R Tractors

IMPORTANT: Tires are approved on their rated load capacity.
Tires of similar size with equal to or greater load rating can be used.



Ballast
Approved Front Tires
Approved Rear Tires
Minimum Ballast Options
Tire Size
Tire Type
Load Index
Ply Rating
Tire Size
Tire Type
Ply Rating
Option 1

273 kg (601 lb.) Rear Hitch Ballast

Fluid Filled Rear Tires



18 x 8.50-10

18 x 8.50-10
R4

R3
71

74
4

4
26 x 12.00-12

26 x 12.00-12
R4

R3
4

4
Option 2

230 kg (506 lb.) Rear Hitch Ballast

Three Rear Wheel Weights Per Side



18 X 8.50-10

18 X 8.50-10
R4

R3
71

74
4

4
26 x 12.00-12

26 x 12.00-12
R4

R3
4

4
Option 3

235 kg (517 lb.) Rear Hitch Ballast

One Rear Wheel Weight Per Side

Fluid Filled Rear Tires



18 X 8.50-10

18 X 8.50-10
R4

R3
71

74
4

4
26 x 12.00-12

26 x 12.00-12
R4

R3
4

4


A - Ballast Box

Weight can be added to the ballast box (A) by adding material such as
sand or concrete. If more weight is required, tractor Quik-tach weights may be
used.

NOTE: A ballast box extension is available to increase capacity of
box. (See your John Deere dealer.)

A 3-Point Hitch mounted implement may be used as ballast, but it must meet
weight requirements of the ballast chart. (See your John Deere dealer.)



CALCULATED BALLAST
kg (lb)
SAND (Dry)
CONCRETE
Ballast Box without Extension
Volume: 0.14 cu m (4.94 cu ft) (0.18 cu
yd)
Material
217.5 (480)
315.5 (695)
Empty Box
58.5 (129)
58.5 (129)
Total Weight
276 (608)
374 (824)
Ballast Box with Extension
Volume: 0.17 cu m (6.00 cu ft) (0.23 cu
yd)
Material
306.5 (676)
443.5 (977)
Empty Box
72.5 (160)
72.5 (160)
Total Weight
379 (835)
516 (1137)
 

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Sand, concrete, rocks...what did you use? Also, how much does it hold?

I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to put in it and how much I need. I was thinking about using play sand (with some PVC tool holders, obviously) but I'm not sure.
Mine is full of Portland cement. I think I'm over 700lbs. When I'm in the woods working with my grapple, forks, and bucket I need the weight on the back of my 2032R. When the loader is on the tractor the ballast box is always on.
 

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70# bags of sand from a home improvement store that are meant to go in a pickup bed (for added weight) in the wintertime. They're super cheap and I can add and remove weight as needed without hassle.
 

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Sand, concrete, rocks...what did you use? Also, how much does it hold?

I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to put in it and how much I need. I was thinking about using play sand (with some PVC tool holders, obviously) but I'm not sure.
I struggled with the same decision when I first got my ballast box.

In the end I decided to initially load it with 105 concrete bricks which gave me 590 lbs. I later added the ballast box extension and 16 more concrete bricks to bring it up to 690 lbs. Sitting in the top of the extension I have a large tool box that holds all of my tow/grab chains and hitch parts and that has to weight every bit of 70 lbs. bringing me to around 760 lbs.

In the unlikely event that I would ever need to unload/empty the box, it would be a simple matter of unloading the concrete bricks.
 

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Landscape bricks. I already had them sitting around so they were free and plenty heavy for the job.
Same here! Don't need as much weights during winter with the blower so it's easy to adjust.
 

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Concrete in mine. No need to "adjust" for me.
 
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When I had one it was filled with discarded truck and car wheel weights (lead)
 

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Have 8 or 10 pieces of old cutting edge metal off a D-9 dozer , plus 2 or 3 50# weights from a smaller D dozer, several other pieces of 1/2 -3/4 metal, plus a 50# anvil. and if I still need more I just throw in some big rocks.
 

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I had 10, 1 inch thick plates of steel laser cut to fit. They are 100 pounds each and only takes up 10 inches of depth. So it leaves me with lots of room for tools and chains
 

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Approx. 400lbs of sand via 9 "50 lb bags of play sand" that actually weighted in around 44 to 45 lbs (none were even near 50 lbs) so the big box store needs to look into that! In addition to the 9 bags that were emptied into the box, I put one bag on top and then there is the weight of the iMatch, Artillian cart, and the box itself, so it should be pretty close to 625lbs or so.
 
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