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#1 Brando OFFLINE  

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 04:03 PM

Just out of curiosity what is every bodies opinion on value of the infamous front counterweight?


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Posted February 08, 2015 - 04:06 PM

I have about 80 lbs. on the front of my FF 20 to keep it steerable when plowing hard dirt!


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Posted February 08, 2015 - 04:12 PM

  weight in general helps to a certain point, you will need ballast for doing work with the rear as much as the front.  I added a very heavy but removable front bumper to the front of allis, keep the tires down when tilling and plowing but comes rite of for snow blowing.

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 04:36 PM

I was actually referring to the rare sears counterweight and its price value but I appreciate the responses fellas.

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 05:11 PM

One could maybe Make that weight, seems I recall a posting of fella who did that???  Just a right size channel iron for the insert and make some holes, then he used concrete in a form about like what is stock for the big part. Metal rods or ??? down from metal into the crete.  Need for it????   I have no idea, don't do  ground work. Have had Sears tractors, never had the weight.


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Posted February 08, 2015 - 06:29 PM

Hi NCtractorman83, the only place I've seen them for sale is on E bay they start and end well beyond what I'd pay, so I built on for the Suburbans they are needed when plowing hard ground.

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 10:11 PM

They'd be handy while running the sickle mower because the front is always being pulled to the right. 

Only problem is the mule drive for the sickle mower also mounts to the tractor in the same spot.  :wallbanging:  


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Posted February 09, 2015 - 07:49 AM

I agree with MNBG they are usualy priced higher than what I would ever pay. You can check steel pricing then go to from there for retail values.

If you are handy, you can get a hold of an old mule drive and make your own, I've nenver seemed to needed it myself, but then my winch mount which weighs about 40#'s stays in mule drive most of the time anyway



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Posted February 09, 2015 - 10:30 AM

I could use some weight up front on my GT18 and like the low profile look of keeping it close to the mule drive. But a chunk of concrete that size doesn't weigh much. I have a 2 gallon bucket full of concrete that probably only weighs about 40 pounds. I'd like to get about 40 pounds up there but not this giant bucket blob getting in the way.



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Posted February 09, 2015 - 12:43 PM

I have taken scrap steel plates and bolted them to plow mounts. I have also seen wheel weights mounted up there on brackets.

There is a post from about 6 months ago that shows the dimensions for the OEM one. A little searching should find it, but if not... I will be back later to look

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Posted February 11, 2015 - 10:13 AM

I haven't paid attention online, but to me $75. Luckily, I have one and someone nicely added an extension and has a second weight added. So I guess technically, I have both the front and rear ;)


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Posted February 11, 2015 - 11:15 AM

i made a counterweight bracket for mine. here it is on one of my 73 st10s. i also am going to adapt it to a mule drive for the suburbans

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Posted February 11, 2015 - 11:54 AM

I currently am not using my mule drive for anything and the tractor is just a puller. I'd like to pour concrete into a metal frame and secure it inside the mule drive area and secure it somehow. I should be able to pour enough concrete to get 30 to 40 pounds.


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Posted February 11, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Check this thread
http://gardentractor...ht/#entry427619
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Posted February 11, 2015 - 03:38 PM

Wonder what that would weight in lead?






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