Ballasting calculations

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I've looked for over two hours and can not find anyhere that tells me how to calculate how much ballast - either in my tires, on the 3-point or both - I need for my tractor. I have no problem with creating ballast - I just want to know how to calculate how much I need. Thanks
 
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Nothing in your tractor owner's manual?
 
  
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Naa - - just max capacities for the 3-point and the loader & various common attachments.
 
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On April 1 you posted you have 68 gallons of Rimguard in each rear tire. 746 Lb. plus a 675 Lb rear blade. How much more do you need? Is the rear still too light when using the loader?
 
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Hi Oosik,

Your loader manual should give you some recommendations. For example, I have the LA 854 loader on my L4240. It says: " For tractor stability and operator's safety, rear ballast should be added to the rear of the tractor in the form of 3-point counter weight and rear wheel ballast. The amount of rear ballast will depend upon application." It also adds that a 6' box scraper has a counterweight of approximately 990 lb, a rotary tiller is approx. 530 lbs, etc. I have a cement counterweight I made for my 3-point hitch. It weighs 1200 lb.
 
  
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George,
That is exactly correct(1500 lb of rim guard & a 575 lb rear blade). In a week or so I will be having a grapple installed. I really do not want to find out if what I have now is sufficient or not by trial & error. I will, with the grapple, be able to put a significantly heavier load on the front than with the bucket. And no, the tractor has never been light in the rear using only the bucket.

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My owners manual says basically the same thing. I love the phrase - "The amount of rear ballast will depend upon application" - - NO KIDDING.

Is it so very difficult for the manufacturers to at least indicate a ballpark calculation or are they concerned about liability?? Let me ask - - how did you know that 1200 lb was the correct amount of weight for your tractor and its various front end implements??

I'm not trying to be a smart a-- or anything close. I just would like to know how much ballast I need before my tractor becomes loosey/goosey lifting a load.
 
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Well then, I guess to be safe you'll need to put about 3K on the 3 pt. Not trying to be smart but if you think you are going to increase what you lift with the loader then max out the 3 pt. ballast. In all seriousness probably 2K on the 3 pt. would suffice.
 
  
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Somewhere, I have two pages of formulas & intense calculations that will allow you to determine how much can be safely lifted up front(bucket or grapple) when you have X amount of weight on the 3-point and in the tires or both. I haven't found them yet and I was kinda hoping somebody had some easy way to figure this out. Believe me, the calculations I had were intense to the extreme. I know by running these calcs, about two years ago. that my current ballast - rim guard and rear blade - is sufficient for anything I would be lifting with the bucket. Unless it was something like wet concrete and I'll never be there. However, a lot of the ponderosa pines I have would easily max out the FEL with a grapple on it.
My 3-point can handle up to 4200 lb. If there is no quicky method of doing this I will have to do some serious digging and then run those nasty calculations. If I find I will need added weight I could modify the rear blade to hang something like suitcase weights on it.
Thanks for your input guys. Oosik
 
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I'm sure someone smarter than myself can give you a better idea of how to calculate that but take a look at Levers
and I think you'll see that it takes an enormous amount of weight on the 3 pt hitch since it's "lever" is only 2 or 3 feet behind the fulcrum to unload the front axle but anything helps counter act on the additional load that maybe picked up in the bucket.
 

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All that paper work don't mean nothing, put a couple thousand on back and if that aint enough add somemore
 
 
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