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 05-18-1999, 00:00 Post: 4005
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 Ballast weight

I plan on buying a green or orange tractor 27 to 39 horse power with a loader. I do know I will need ballast. I don't want to load the tires because the tractor will be used for rear mowing. WIll a Rear blade weighing around 475 lbs be sufficient for good loader work. Should I add weight to the blade or get a heaver blade. A green dealer told me to use a ballast box with around 1000lbs of sand in it, but a rear blade sit's twice the length behind the tractor. A Orange dealer told me a 475lbs blade would be ok to use. Any advice?






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 05-18-1999, 00:00 Post: 4007
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Several items to consider. You will probably need both rear wheel ballast plus a heavy rear implement or ballast box for safe use of the loader. The rear wheel ballast can be cast wheel weights or liquid, but it is a hassle to use liquid (can cause rusting, etc). Leave the cast weights on the wheels when mowing. The most important consideration to minimize mashing the grass and soil is to use the correct tire inflation pressures. They will typically be something around 12 - 14 psi, but check for your tire sizes. You are right that the rear blade sticks out further, but the crutial distance to consider is the distance from the rear axle to the CG of the ballast box or of the blade. The blade probably isn't back 2 times as far when considering this. My guess is that this heavy blade would probably suffice given that you also ballast the rear wheels per factory recommendations. I would urge you to carefully follow the specific guidelines in the operators manuals for the tractor and loader you buy--not just rely on someone's "opinion".






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 05-18-1999, 00:00 Post: 4013
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Its not a problem, Jack. It is easy enough to add weight to the blade if youneed to do so. At least at 475# you are looking at nice heavy blades. I've always ment to get wheel weights for my rears, but got to confess that so farI just keep bolting more weight onto a succession of heavier and heavier blades.I'm not about to put liquid in my tires, thank you. BTW, since mashing the grass is an issue, you will of course go for as wideof a turf tire as possible to spread out the load. Since your goal is to lighten the front tires by rotating the tractor's weight about the rear tires, then doubling the distance from the rear axle does indeed enable you to use half theweight. On my Yanmar, even with wide turfs of the front the fronts will sink in whenthere is a load in the bucket. The rears don't sink regardless of the loadbecause they are so wide. Roger L






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 05-19-1999, 00:00 Post: 4022
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We had the same concerns, but no blade, wheel weights, or fluids. So we put two holes in a heavy piece of iron bar and hooked it up to the 3pt. Then had some old suitcase weights, and hung them on the bar. Works ok as far as I can tell.






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 05-19-1999, 00:00 Post: 4039
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You will need to match up your weight to the loader, none of which we can really help you with. That info should come from the dealer/ manufacturer.All of these ideas will work. How important is manuverability to you? It's pretty easy to pick off a doorway or post or tree with that blade hanging way, way back there..... That would never work for my uses for a loader, I would need the weight box. But this may never be a concern for you. It all depends on your uses.As others have mentioned, keeping the weight as low as possible is important, especially on hilly ground. When figuring out things, I would consider that too.--->Paul






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