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 12-07-2003, 16:08 Post: 70474
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 Ballasting rear tires for FEL Work

I went and looked at a New Kubota 7800 w/ FEL. When I inquired about weights vs filled tires. I was told that you get allot more weight by filling the tires and the cost was allot less. When I asked what they filled the tires with, I was told "Used Anti Freeze ". This made me a little nervous as I intend to do most of my use in the horse pasture and yard ( having dogs and a 2 1/2 yr old) having a tire blow ( although unlikely it is possible ) and dump antifreeze in my pasture or yard does not give me a warm fuzzy. That was the only option the dealer gave me even after stating my concerns. Was told they are 6 ply tires and it is not likely. What other options do I have that would not be so hazardous to my animals in the event of a leak or blow out?






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 Ballasting rear tires for FEL Work

There is a product out called Rim Guard which is made from beet juice IIRC. It should be pretty safe but it's not available everywhere yet I don't think. I couldn't find it in Oregon. Calcium Chloride has been used for years, and I think it's a lot safer than antifreeze. It's basically salt. It will kill the grass when spilled, and grass may not grow for awhile, but I don't think it does any permanent damage.






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 12-07-2003, 17:11 Post: 70478
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 Ballasting rear tires for FEL Work

Calcium chloride used to be used a lot and is also heavier than the antifreeze, but it is very corrosive and if you have a leak and don't catch it, it will eat your rim up!! It has been my experience that if a tire develops a leak the loss of fluid is generally not that great before you notice it and take care of it. I have been very impress with the R-4 tires on my 7800 as I accidentally ran over a hedge apple tree with those huge thorns (they ran right through my old man's tractor tires) but they didn't even stick in mine at all. I also use a box blade for rear ballast, but definitely wouldn't give up the fluid in the tires either.






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Did you go w/ the anti freeze Kubotaguy? By the way, sorry I didn't make it out. I was going to shot you an E-mail friday, but daycare was closed Had my terible 2 year old all day ( Which wasn't so terrible playing in the snow. But man do I wish I already had my tractor when it came time to shovel) and by the time I had a minute I figured you were probably not going to see the E-mail.






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 Ballasting rear tires for FEL Work

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If you need permanent rear ballast, then fill the rears.

If not, hang some removable weight off the 3ph or rear wheels.






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 Ballasting rear tires for FEL Work

I had the dealer fill my rear tires and I think they used Rim Guard. I think it is a fancy name for windshield washer fluid. When I set the pressure in my tires, some leaked out and that is what is smelled like to me. If you use calcium chloride; make sure that they tube the tire with a puncture resistant tube.






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 Ballasting rear tires for FEL Work

I went with the anti-freeze. That is all that Antietam Tractor uses as the tire people they use will not use calcium chloride because it eats their pumping machine up. I don't think the anti-freeze will be a problem unless your are going to use your tires to pick up loose nails after a roofing job!!! What dealer have you decided to go with? Which tractor are you going with? I had a blast in the snow Saturday and never put the chains on and it did great with just the R-4's.






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 Ballasting rear tires for FEL Work

I think in the long run I will be better off with the ballasting as for the first two years my Honey Do list is really long with things that are going to use the FEL. Moving 40 tons of stone dust/ Horse Manure/ Mulch / Landscaping ( Now I know why she has been suggesting the tractor idea so much) I will have to look into the Rim Guard. Thanks






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I know what you mean with the projects as they seem to accumulate faster than I can get the other ones completed. The rim guard might be a better solution for you with the horses, just in case. Did you check into maybe getting the iron wheels weights? That might be another option.






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I talked about it as an option, I suppose I really need to decide on a tractor first, but when it came to making the final deal I wanted to be able to at least know my options for issues like ballasting. After searching on line about tractor ballasting and all the technical discussion on some of the sites I found. I think I will stay with either a box on the 3pt or add on weights. Found allot about concerns of soil compaction / fuel / extra wear on tractor / I am planning on allot of FEL work, but also allot of just mowing / rotary cutter / tilling / grading . Will I need really need it for everything? I am guessing that it is always something I can add later. I did find that you can buy an attachment that allows you to fill them with water yourself. I could do that in the summer with all my yard work and then drain them out in the winter.






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