Without a video, I cant tell if it dug good or not. It looks like it got the job done.
Not sure I like the sounds of adding 700# to a 600# GT then putting an extra 300+ in the bucket
That GT weighs 1044 lb. The loader, liquid ballast, chains, and pump mount bracket bring it to 2000 lb on the scales at a local fair and as it it is in the pic. I added another 210 lb to that total.
Due to the friction from the bucket width, it would only excavate about 4 cu-ft of material at a time in that configuration. It filled a 17 cu-ft cart to overflowing with 5 scoops. A narrower bucket with less friction could dig out more volume in that configuration.
In that pic, the ballasted rear tires weighed 198 and 200 lb respectively, without the chains. The tires and rims with no ballast weigh 38 lb each. Weight applied to the tires and rims does not count against the rear axle static load rating.
The rear axle is rated for 1500 lb static load with an additional limit of a maximum of 600 lb per tire. If the max is applied to the tires, a total of 2700 lb can be applied to the ground without exceeding limits.
The 3PH is rated for 400 lb and that load comes off the static load rating. The maximum that I can apply is a 385 lb tiller.
Add the tiller and a set of 80 lb wheel weights that haven't been on the tractor since 1996 and the all up weight is 2675 lb with operator and none of the factory limitations are exceeded.
That goes out the window with anything more than 200-300 lb of payload, The front axle also has a load limit, and that has been far exceeded on a regular basis. Maximum lift and travel payload to date was 1250 lb, on level asphalt with a 250 lb back blade on the 3PH. It should have had the tiller and wheel weights installed.
The only risk for exceeding rear axle specs is in the torque department, The final drive is rated for 1250 ft-lb and the hydro is capable of over 2200 with sufficient weight for traction.
Edited by TUDOR, May 27, 2015 - 10:56 PM.