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    Veteran Member Rowski's Avatar
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    Default 3PT Ballast

    This is a simple ballast. Keeps the weight tight to the tractor. Just a 55 gallon drum with top cut off. Put a draw bar through the lower part of the drum. Attached a piece of square stock with one side partially cut out, to slide the toplink in. I had to bend the drum near the rim to keep the toplink from hitting it when fully raised. Then had it filled with concrete.

    Cost
    $20 for draw bar
    1 hr of my time for using torches and welder
    concrete was free!

    Estimated weight 1200 lbs.

    It will get painted in the summer.

    A smaller version could be made with a smaller drum (I think 35 gallon is the next size smaller).

    Derek
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    Default Re: 3PT Ballast

    That is a quick and good idea


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    Super Star Member Thomas's Avatar
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    Default Re: 3PT Ballast

    Derek,
    Also looks like a good bumper in case you back into anything....but than again if you did back into something...ouch..$$

    Hope your NH isn't still cover w/ snow and sleeping.

    Wow...to snap a plow chain I guess that person hit pretty hard...guess its about time to put up the Frost Heaves signs. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img]


    Thomas..NH [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Veteran Member Rowski's Avatar
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    Default Re: 3PT Ballast

    The 2120 loader is being modified with a plow to wing back side snow banks. Also getting a set of chains for the rear. No signs out yet but I agree they need to be out!


    Derek

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    Default Re: 3PT Ballast

    i do need something like this, and i do have an old drum around, need to get an extra draw bar and some angle iron for the top link attachment, i would need about 600 lbs, how much concrete is that about 7 bags?

    alex


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    Default Re: 3PT Ballast

    Alex, 600 lbs is approximately 4 cu ft of concrete, but why pay for concrete to put in a drum. Use dirt! You might want enough concrete to reinforce the drawbar if it penetrates the drum.


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