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 05-06-2003, 20:37 Post: 54436
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 ballast weights

Are there other weights to purchase different from the ballast box? I've seen large disc types that hook to the 3 point hitch where they could be added and subtracted according to the weight at the front of the tractor. Thanks,web.






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 ballast weights

The conventional weights which are used on most Ag. type tractors for counter-balance are relatively very expensive by the pound.

Probably the cheapest adjustable counter-balance I have seen was just a drawbar, the type that is a heavy flat bar that goes between the two lift arms of the 3pth. It has a series of holes for attachment or towing. Cat. 1 hitch pins of the type found on any implement were then installed in four of the holes, two facing each direction. Weight was added or removed by installing plates from a set of body-building weights (although any steel plate could be used) over the pins and retained by a large plate washer and a hitch pin. Total cost not including weights probably about $50, and about 10 minutes to assemble.

I also saw an interesting one, in fact I have been playing with making a version for my new 'Bota. It was a large, very thick, rectangular plate of steel, the short side of which was mounted to a draw-bar of the type mentioned above. The trick part was that a bracket was attached to the side of the plate facing the tractor and not very far above the lower mounts, to which a hydraulic top link was connected. When the top link was extended the plate started to rotate on the draw-bar the top extending out away from the tractor and transfering it's mass farther back and lowering it, giving it the effect of more counter-balance. It was being used on a small machine where sufficient counter-balance for a full bucket load was too much with an empty bucket, this solved the problem nicely.

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