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#1 bgkid2966 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 02, 2013 - 11:06 AM

I am in process of making lead wheel weights for my 129 and need to know what size bolts are normally used. I have 3/8" threaded rod and was thinking about welding nuts on the rod for the back of the wheel. Will the rod be strong enough for 150 lbs per wheel?

 

 

 

 

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Posted November 02, 2013 - 11:07 AM

Most of the ones I have use 1/2" bolts as I recall.  3/8ths would probably work but most thread rod is only rated as a grade 2 bolt so careful on tightening them. 


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 11:36 AM

I would go with 1/2" as well, especially with that much weight unless you're using at least 4 bolts then smaller might work.
Out of curiosity (as I'd like to do the same thing) where did you get that much lead?
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Posted November 02, 2013 - 11:43 AM

With that much weight, I think 3/8 sounds a bit small. I agree with the 1/2" size. Just my 2 cents


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 01:15 PM

I would go with 1/2" as well, especially with that much weight unless you're using at least 4 bolts then smaller might work.
Out of curiosity (as I'd like to do the same thing) where did you get that much lead?

 I can use 4 bolts. No problem there. Do you think 4 of those would work? If not I can go to 1/2".

 

I get the lead at work, it comes from water services we repair. We scrap a few thousand pounds a year, give or take. I can get as much as

 

I want. Lead pipe is common in old towns.

 

 

 

 

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Posted November 02, 2013 - 01:22 PM

Four 3/8 would do it, but with 150lbs per wheel, I'd go with four 1/2" to help prevent shifting, and to KNOW it won't go anywhere. 


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 01:44 PM

I'm using 1/2" carriage bolts I got at rural king,think I paid $1.59 a pound for them and maybe it took 2 or 3 pounds worth of bolts,nuts and washers to take care of both rear wheels.Might save you some time over fabbing something up. :thumbs:


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 03:27 PM

I can use 4 bolts. No problem there. Do you think 4 of those would work? If not I can go to 1/2".

I get the lead at work, it comes from water services we repair. We scrap a few thousand pounds a year, give or take. I can get as much as

I want. Lead pipe is common in old towns.




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You're not far from me at all, what's the scrap price for lead? Maybe I can buy some from you...

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Posted November 02, 2013 - 05:34 PM

I found 6 1/2" carriage bolts and they are about 12" long. I am going to see if I can find 2 more at the hardware

 

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Here is the base for the first wheel weight. An old brake rotor cut down to fit inside the wheel.IMG_16931.JPG

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I am going to put conduit in for the bolts to go through. The lead will be poured around the conduit and then a

 

center made of cast iron will finish them off.

 

 

 

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Posted November 02, 2013 - 05:43 PM

That looks like it'll work well for you...
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Posted November 02, 2013 - 07:09 PM

Looks like you're off to a good start,those should make some dandy weights when they're done.


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 08:31 PM

Three hundred pounds on the rear wheels is going to make a huge difference in how your tractor handles. 

Good luck with your project and thanks for letting us watch over your shoulder.


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 08:42 PM

300 lbs plus my 275 and I will try pushing snow with no chains. I am just anxious to try it. I know that a little ice will stop it. I just want to see

 

how it does. I know that with the chains the tires will not be spinning so easily and the chains will stop eating the concrete.

 

 

 

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Posted November 04, 2013 - 09:07 PM

I figured out the weight of my lead wheel weights! I am shocked as to how heavy each will be.....192 lbs !!!!

 

That should give me a good bite! :smiley-score010:

 

The hard part will be mounting them :smilewink: . I got a bunch more lead today. More may be necessary! 

 

 

 

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Posted November 04, 2013 - 10:13 PM

I figured out the weight of my lead wheel weights! I am shocked as to how heavy each will be.....192 lbs !!!!

 

That should give me a good bite! :smiley-score010:

 

The hard part will be mounting them :smilewink: . I got a bunch more lead today. More may be necessary! 

 

 

 

Geno

Where do you get all the lead, I like that idea for wheel weights, 192lbs each wow. I could use more weight on my plow tractor.







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