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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    4
    Location
    Lancaster County, PA
    Tractor
    2001 JD 4300 HST

    Default 430 loader attachments and ballast

    Anyone use the fork lift attachments for the 430?

    Also, anyone have a good design for homemade 3 pt. hitch ballast?

  2. #2
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    147
    Location
    South of Kansas City
    Tractor
    JD4400HST

    Default Re: 430 loader attachments and ballast

    I have the JD forks for my 430 loader and have found them useful from time to time--recently in putting a pallet on the forks and raising it as far as it would go and standing on it to use a chainsaw to remove ice-caused broken limbs from many trees. Due to a lack of space when the forks are not mounted, I created three "wheeled trollies" and place one beneath the end of each fork and one beneath the back, turn the forks around and park the bucket on them. For ballast, I usually use a heavy (500#) Rhino rear blade, although sometimes I mount up a rear scoop and fill it with cement bags. Eventually I will create a concrete rear ballast the design for which I found at the following Web site:
    http://www.mgsweb.com/tractor/hacker/trweight.htm
    Good luck, Mike S.

  3. #3
    Super Star Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    12,523
    Location
    Upper Midwest USA
    Tractor
    JD 4300, JD X485 JD 4x2 Gator, JD 425, JD455

    Default Re: 430 loader attachments and ballast

    I am very happy with the usefullness of the forks on my 430 loader. Wish I had purchased them long ago. Also, they are very easy to get on and off using the quicktach system JD has for the loader attachments.

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