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    Default BX25 Ballast Box Height

    I have a new BX25 with an OEM ballast box which I will be installing for the winter. I'm thinking the bottom of the box might be a good place for a trailer hitch. Does anyone know, or would take a guess how far off the ground the box bottom would be at maximum height? Any comments on the idea would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Default Re: BX25 Ballast Box Height

    Do you have the box already? In your post it sounds like you do. Can you hook it up and see?

    I was going to suggest measuring from the bottom of the box to the lift pins and subtract that from the maximum height of your lift arms... but hooking it up would be even simpler.

    I kept thinking you don't have the box based on your question... but when I reread your post, it sounds like you do have it.
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    Default Re: BX25 Ballast Box Height

    Yup, I have the ballast box. I have some work for the BH ahead so I don't want to remove it just yet. I haven't filled the box with weight yet so now would be the time to add the hitch, which I also have and it fits nicely under the box. If the box bottom is at least 9" off the ground at its maximum height the hitch should work nicely on the bottom since I have a receiver insert with about a 6" rise.

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    Default Re: BX25 Ballast Box Height

    If you add a 2" receiver in the middle of the box would make it hard to sit the box down flat. I assume you will want to add channel to each side as well to make it sit flat. I don't think BX's have allot of 3 point lift power, 700 pounds or so I think, so with a ballast box and tongue weight from a trailer, you may be close to maxing out. I made these 2" receivers without much trouble, one on 3 point, one solid on drawbar. Philip.
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    Default Re: BX25 Ballast Box Height

    If I start my BX2660 tomorrow, I'll measure it. But from memory, I'd say the bottom of the the box (kubota OEM) (not counting the rails that it sits on) is about 12 inches off the ground. Hope this helps. BTW, my Easy Hitch gizmo will not allow the box to be mounted because the "ears" stick up too high. This could be solved by sawing the ears down or buying longer hook up rods...neither of which i decided to do because of other complications.
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    Default Re: BX25 Ballast Box Height

    You do nice work, Philip. My ballast box sits on two pieces of channel which allow enough horizontal and vertical room for the hitch. The weight for the box will be removable so I can adjust it at will so the BX's 670 pound lift cap. shouldn't be an issue. I think I'll move ahead with the plan because even if it doesn't work out there's not a lot lost. Thanks for the response.

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    Default Re: BX25 Ballast Box Height

    Quote Originally Posted by dsmiley View Post
    My ballast box sits on two pieces of channel which allow enough horizontal and vertical room for the hitch.
    I did not realize the BX ballast box sits on angles. My ballast box sits flat on the ground. I toyed with putting angles on mine to keep it off of the ground when not in use, but I will use wooden pallets instead. Good luck with your receiver installation. Philip.
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    Default Re: BX25 Ballast Box Height

    From botttom center of box to ground is 20 inches on my BX2660. It's only 17 inches from the rail channels to ground. Sound like plenty of room for your hitch idea.
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    Default Re: BX25 Ballast Box Height

    Just to complete this thread - I installed the hitch on the BB and it works great. I move my 18' Lund around with it and it has 250-300 lb. of tongue weight. The BB weighs 400 lb. I also bought a platform mount for it at TSC. It makes a great place for a rider or to carry tools, etc. Photos can be seen here.

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