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Posted July 13, 2013 - 09:33 PM

I have been kicking around the idea of putting together a couple of wheel weights for my Case 444 and since I don't have a metal foundry at my disposal  I decided on using a medium of which I am all to familiar with. What I ended up with is wheel weights that weigh in at eighty pounds a piece and cost a whopping five bucks to produce. I used what is likely the perfect mold as they are available in various sizes and are super cheap. I started by installing carriage bolts in a spare wheel and then welding in a frame work to hold the bolts in place and also giving needed reinforcement for the concrete. I coated the inside of the planter with WD-40 and shoveled in a somewhat loose  80 # bag of quickcrete. The framework was held in place by a board attached to two bolts and resting on the edges of the pot. This is my second one and is still in need of a lot of drying before any paint can be applied. More pics will follow as the project proceeds.

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Posted July 13, 2013 - 09:42 PM

So how far will those stick out of the wheels, if any?


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Posted July 13, 2013 - 09:43 PM

I had made a set of 60 pounders the other year. Made a world of difference with traction. I ended up having some trouble with rust at the rim edges. My first thought was maybe I didn't have it tight enough and it vibrated.


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Posted July 13, 2013 - 09:47 PM

They will stick out a few inches but weights that don't stick out don't weigh enough to bother with.


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Posted July 13, 2013 - 11:16 PM

I have never painted concrete before, any body have any suggestions on what will most likely stick the best? I hope to paint the weights the same color as the wheels so they blend in and are easier to bang the shins on.


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 01:23 AM

I have never painted concrete before, any body have any suggestions on what will most likely stick the best? I hope to paint the weights the same color as the wheels so they blend in and are easier to bang the shins on.

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I have used floor and porch concrete paint.

Any Epoxy paint for concrete should work really well


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 07:06 AM

Those look good. It makes a huge difference in traction to get some wheel weight happening. Watch out for hitting stuff with them if they stick out a few inches. It can bring you to an abrupt halt and do some serious damage. I've cast concrete weights before and it's the cheapest possible way to add weight but you have to be able to deal with the added size compared to steel. 


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Posted July 15, 2013 - 12:28 AM

Sounds like a plan. I would imagine a thick piece like this might take a while to really dry so I will wait a month or so before I put epoxy on them and the final coats of the Case red spray paint. I am attempting to keep them wet for a  while as an expert told me it will make the concrete harder so it will hurt more when you gouge your leg on it.

 

Here's also  a couple more pics of how they turned out and also of my other weekend project of rehanging  a couple gates after replacing their support posts.

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Posted July 15, 2013 - 07:53 PM

Nice looking tractor AND loader! :thumbs:  Good to see a at work pic. 


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Posted July 15, 2013 - 08:46 PM

Let them cure as long as possible out of sun, good cement primer, coat with any Case paint should work well.


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