That's a good a question a friend and I just had that discussion the other about making a form of the original and using lead. If we can come up with enough lead may just try it.
Front counterweight opinions
Posted February 11, 2015 - 07:57 PM
- MH81 said thank you
Posted February 12, 2015 - 05:48 AM
It probably could be a bit smaller if it's lead. Might double the weight at that size!
Posted February 12, 2015 - 08:01 AM
- KennyP said thank you
Posted February 12, 2015 - 06:02 PM
I'm making my own with a grill guard. End weight will be approximately 100lbs. Going to make a shaped bumper using the bar in the below picture. (80lbs) then I'm going to make a formed tubing grill guard and weld it to the bumper. It's going to use a mower deck mule drive that was destroyed in a fire and I'm going to add more support for the weight along the frame.
Edit: I apologize for the extra imagine, i didn't intend to upload that. Can an admin please remove it?
Edited by KennyP, February 12, 2015 - 07:04 PM.
Posted February 13, 2015 - 04:17 PM
I made 2 the way Tahoe mentioned earlier. Just used the channel from a couple of locked up mule drives I had and welded a block of steel to the end of each. The steel I got from work a while back knowing I would use it for something soon or later. Helps a lot with the moldboard plow and while driving over rough ground with the tiller raised. I remember reading somewhere that the factory weight weighed 70 lbs.
Posted March 08, 2015 - 03:58 PM
- Alc and KennyP have said thanks
Posted March 10, 2015 - 10:29 PM
Posted March 11, 2015 - 07:22 AM
JMHO, but adding a lot of weight to the front end would be straining the steering, parts for that ain't cheap or readily available sometimes. I know that I occasionally have steering issues pushing snow, but it's not a "OMG" type of thing. It would seem that going to tri-rib front tires would help overall steering and maneuverability.
yea but if you have something heavy on the back like tiller it will pick up the front end up tractor easy
Posted March 30, 2015 - 01:29 PM
Here is my front weight I picked up recently, the weight is 44lbs.
I paid $100.00 and also traded a $50.00 carb off of ebay for all of these items.
I picked up this GT16 recently, someone made a front weight out of lead for it (Bullet casings and all), not sure what it weighs.
- MNGB said thank you
Posted March 30, 2015 - 06:45 PM
Wonder what that would weight in lead?
Lead just a little over 700 lbs a cubic foot
Posted April 07, 2015 - 08:02 PM
Here is what I ended up making to solve my weight issue. works no problems with the tiller or disc loaded with concrete block on the back. I used 3/8 x 3 plate and an old mule drive.
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Posted July 05, 2016 - 07:03 PM
This weight is going on my dedicated 3pt. Tractor, I have another for mowing and other tasks.
- KennyP said thank you
Posted July 11, 2016 - 12:49 AM
OK so I been thinking about topic and I have an idea and wonder if anyone has done it before. I'm thinking to mount a sprayer tank kind of deal on the front and you could just fill it with water for a counter weight. Of course you could also fill it with any spray chemicals or fertilizer you want to use and just run the hose to the back or spray from the front. Seems to me if you got a 10 gallon plastic tank mounted on the front, and water weights about 8lbs a gallon, you would have an 80lb counter weight that you could also use as a sprayer. Has anyone ever seen one or made one like this?
Posted September 01, 2016 - 12:42 PM
I thought about using the mule drive but i never take my deck off. i went with wheel weights but it makes it a bit hard to steer. I noticed on my friends MF's that they had a simple bracket that bolted to the sides of the frame and allowed the use of suitcase weights.