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    New Member dsails380's Avatar
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    Default Multi-Purpose Ballast

    Rather than use the backhoe on my GC2410 for ballast, I built a ballast box for use with the FEL and quick hitch snow blower. What's unique about this is I can move each of the 100lb cement blocks to my aerator and back as needed. I drilled a hole and drove a length of rebar through each block and welded a flat washer to the bottom and a lifting eye to the top. I can now use a chain attached to the FEL to easily move the blocks back an forth instead of wrestling them by hand. The ballast box give me a smaller footprint allowing me to get into tighter spots if needed. I'm thinking the total ballast box weight is about 600 lb.
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    Bronze Member danktx's Avatar
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    Default Re: Multi-Purpose Ballast

    Nice build! I really like the casters for moving it when off the tractor. The ability to use the weights on multiple attachments shows some good planning took place too...

    DanK

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    Default Re: Multi-Purpose Ballast

    Good job!
    Joy is having the tools you need and needing the tools you have!

    Kubota 5030 HSTC, BB, Danueser PHD, LA853 QA HD FEL w JD toothbar, 3pt chisel, 3 pt disk, 6' shredder, Kubota FEL hay spike, 3pt hay fork w carryall, Kubota RTV 1140

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    Default Re: Multi-Purpose Ballast

    Easy to hitch and store..nice job.

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    Default Re: Multi-Purpose Ballast

    Great work. I might make something similar but on a smaller scale for my mini backhoe.

    Chad

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    New Member dsails380's Avatar
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    Default Re: Multi-Purpose Ballast

    Thanks guys. The casters are 5" that I picked up at harbor freight and work fine unless you need to change direction. There's no ball bearings in the swivel, so I have to jack it up and rotate the casters by hand. Kind of a PITA, so I'll be replacing them, but for now, it works.
    I used Tractor Supply M-F red with the enamel hardener to paint this thing and so far seems to be pretty durable. I bought a cheep spray gun from harbor freight ($20) and was able to get a nice gloss. At the same time, I also sprayed a '84 snapper mower. It sure looks a lot better now. Next summer I think I'll paint the chipper and roller.
    Dave

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