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    Default Ballast box weight

    I have a BX 1850 with loader. The lift capacity on the loader is about 450 Lbs. I need a Ballast Box and plan on making one. How much weight should I have back there?

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    I made this one for my BX 1860 a month or so ago, I figure it holds about 200 lbs of solid CMU blocks. They cost about $1 each so it was pretty cost effective. I have been moving full buckets of rock since I put it on with no rear wheels lifting off the ground like I used to have.
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    Default Re: Ballast box weight

    Not to be a smartass, but your owner's manual should have that number. No need to speculate.

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    Default Re: Ballast box weight

    My kubota B3300SU weighs 1,900 pounds.

    For ballast I attach either my Howse Disc Harrow, 587 pounds (31% of tractor weight)
    (or)
    Bush Hog (brand) Rollover Box Blade, 630 pounds (33% of tractor weight)

    Both give good balance when lifting a max load with the FEL. Rear ballast also takes a great deal of strain off the front axle.

    Tractordata.com says your BX1850 weighs 1,255 pounds (loader?) so 300 - 350 pounds (+/-) ballast should be good.

    Consider buying a 3-Pt. CARRYALL from TSC or King Kutter. Cheap and strong. Add ballast weight incrementally.

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    Default Re: Ballast box weight

    Enough to plant the rears with a full load

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    Default Re: Ballast box weight

    How much can you 3 piont hitch lift?
    I would make it just under what you can lift.
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    Default Re: Ballast box weight

    Quote Originally Posted by msb1766 View Post
    How much can you 3 piont hitch lift?
    I would make it just under what you can lift.
    I agree...at least 75% of the loader capacity for your tractor
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    Default Re: Ballast box weight

    Quote Originally Posted by joshuabardwell View Post
    Not to be a smartass, but your owner's manual should have that number. No need to speculate.
    Nope, it doesn't. It says the ballast weight should "match the job".

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    Default Re: Ballast box weight

    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey9 View Post
    Nope, it doesn't. It says the ballast weight should "match the job".
    Quote Originally Posted by Midniteoyl View Post
    Enough to plant the rears with a full load
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    Default Re: Ballast box weight

    Originally Posted by msb1766 View Post

    How much can you 3 piont hitch lift?
    I would make it just under what you can lift.


    Quote Originally Posted by RoyJackson View Post
    I agree...at least 75% of the loader capacity for your tractor
    The 3 point can lift 990 at the ends and 670 at 24". Loader is approx. 450 lbs. I'll go with 300lbs.

    Thanks for all replies.

    Harvey

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