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 03-24-2004, 16:20 Post: 80999
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my dealer told me to fill it with concrete do you guys agree
or is there something better? roboha






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I don't know if there's something better, but a lot of guys use concrete. If you go that route one good trick is to put a piece or two PVC pipe in the box before filling it up. This gives you a good place to stick shovels or long handled tools for hauling around. You could also insert a few shorter pieces of pipe for carrying wrenches, hammers, clippers and trimmers, etc. Actually, it would probably make sense to embed a couple of J-bolts in the top of it and bolt a toolbox to it.






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 BALLAST BOX FOR THE 4110

If you have any scrap steel to put in before pouring the concrete it will increase the density. I have to make one this spring too and I plan on starting with my old Road Runner's 383 engine block that has been sitting outside for 25 years. Hopefully it won't be too tall.
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 03-24-2004, 16:57 Post: 81007
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I filled mine with scrap steel parts...my thoughts were that I could empty if I wanted to sell or transport. Use an I match hitch set up for quick coupling. Also scrap steel may be heavier than concrete but don't really know.






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Speaking of sticking things in the concrete.

If you buy one of those cheap $5 chainsaw bar covers (with a piece of plywood in it to keep the shape) and stick that vertically in the wet concrete then put a few links of light chain on each side it makes a really dandy, and secure, way to carry a chainsaw too. A bungee cord over the top through the handle hooked to the chain links holds it from bouncing.

Best of luck.






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Thanks for the tips i really like the pvc pipe for thr hand tools great idea. well i just got her today so let the games beginSmile roboha






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How do you drain the rain water out of those pipes and slots?






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You could drill a hole in the bottom, but why would a little rain matter? If it freezes it will expand out the top. But maybe I'm missing something.






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On second thought it's probably best to keep the water out, if for no other reason than to deny mosquitos a place to breed. You could leave the PVC sticking up a couple of inches and just leave a PVC pipe cap on the end when you're not using it.






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Yup, I too have yet to fill my new 4110 box with weight and you guys are reading my mind. My plan is to load some steel in it (definately heavier than concrete) and then top her off with cement, and I was also thinking of throwing some bolts in it to mount a tool box on top. I do like that PVC idea also...never thought of that.

When I tried it out first time, with zero weight in the box, I really rounded the bucket - about 2 feet over the top with wet snow and she actually felt fine and steered fine as well, in soft muddy gravel to boot. (thinking back to an earlier 4110 steering problem thread I was involved in...cough cough)

I personally am thinking I want to end up with about 800# in that box and it won't be a problem with the cast iron I will be putting in. I want as little stress on that front axle as possible. Then again, I don't want to stress the rear for no reason either. I plan to load up the steel and then test her out, see how she feels and how much the rear tires squat (want just a little).






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