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 08-06-2003, 21:58 Post: 61108
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not sure if it was on this board but I saw a post awhile back about using a 55 gallon drum for a weight. Other than that I don't remember much.

This is what I am planning on doing. I was goign to buy 2 -3 point hitch ends ( $2.99 at JD) and weld them onto rebar that I will drive through the center of the drum (standing up). I will also place a 4" pvc pipe standing in the drum from top to bottom. I will fill the barrel 3/4 of the way up with cement taking care not to get any into the PVC pipe. When I get almost 3/4 full will place the ends of 2 chains into the barrel at the front and rear. I will use these like check chains to hold some weight and stop sway of the barrel front and rear. The empty PVC will hold long tools like rakes and shovels. The top 1/4 of the barrel will be empty and can hold my tools, lunch, chains etc.

Paint it JD green and I have about a $20 weight box that holds my tools and looks ok

Any ides? How much will this weigh about?






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 08-06-2003, 23:35 Post: 61111
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Concrete is about 105lbs per cubic foot. 55 gallons is 7.35 cubic feet, or about 772lbs. Take 75% of that to get about 580lbs. A cubic foot of steel weighs about 500lbs and makes a real compact weight. Somebody check my math, but I think it is close.






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 08-07-2003, 01:13 Post: 61113
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Just a thought: Buy a regular 2 pt hitch draw bar and place thru barrel about 1/3 way toward middle and add 2 pieces of flat stock with 3/4 inch holes above it for a top link hitch. Anchor all in concrete. Did you mention a COOLER?






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 08-07-2003, 06:44 Post: 61126
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 55 gallon drum weight

Just try and keep it as tight to the rear of the tractor as possible. You will loose some additional leverage but gain in manuverability.






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 08-07-2003, 08:02 Post: 61136
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DavesTractor,
For the weight I get: 792 lbs.

waterweight = 55(gal) * 8(lbs/gal) * .75(%full) = 330(lbs) Specific Gravity of concrete = 2.4 ; (150 lbs/cu-ft )
330(lbs water) * 2.4(concrete/water) = 792(lbs concrete)

I donno exactly why our concrete densities differ. Are you using a lightweight concrete?
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 08-07-2003, 08:06 Post: 61137
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Blizzard, I think you have forgotten that the water LEAVES the concrete after it cures. You are still calculating the weight as INCLUDING the water.

Best of luck.






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My 55 gal drum weight was 442 lbs. totally full of water using a cattle scale.






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 08-07-2003, 09:28 Post: 61149
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Harvey,

How much was the drawbar. I guess my local Deere dealer will have one in stock?






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They are about $20 at tractor supply. Or you can get a piece of 7/8 bar stock, drill both ends for pins. Unless you are a welder I'd go this route. If you're a welder you can go lots of routes. If you use a draw bar wrap it with card board so after concrete sets you can drive it out and use it for other stuff. againg make sure you have some old wire or chain laced thru the whole mess.

But I would seriously consider a top link bracket. even it is only a clevis with a 3/4 hole thru the side of the barrel. Drop a piece of chain thru the inside before you pour your concrete to make sure you have it solid.






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I believe most of the water chemically combines with the cement. Too much water can seriously weaken the concrete.

A Google search "densities of common materials" gave 150(lbs/cu-ft) or 4000(lbs/cu-yd) or 2.2-2.4(S.G) as a rule-of-thumb figure from many sites.

I don't want to get into an argument, but a difference of almost 50% in weight could be a safety or performance problem if your'e near the ends of the weight range.

I just bought an empty 20X20X20(inch) weight box for a 3130.
I like the idea of some 'storage space' so I think I'll use scrap steel for weight and make a cover for it.

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