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#16 shorty ONLINE  

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Posted February 13, 2017 - 09:42 AM

That's not the first reply about the axle bearings. Are they a weak point I need to worry about ? I only have about 20-30 pounds of sand on the carrier. I would think a loaded grass catcher would be heavier. I think sears sells a 50 odd pound rear weight kit for traction.

I figure my grass catcher loaded is closer to 70-80 pounds. I think you will be fine with what you have on.
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Posted February 13, 2017 - 08:44 PM

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Thanks! I think I used the catcher mount point for my hitch. I don't have a manual, it appears to be a collection of parts assembled before I bought it. Probably should service the tranny when it warms up in the spring.
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Posted November 12, 2017 - 06:41 PM

I put a 2" Heavy hitch Sleeve hitch receiver on BOH and rode him at this year's show with the carrier. At one point I had two 12 YO boys riding on it. No issues.

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Posted November 13, 2017 - 07:27 AM

I've got a rear basket on my tractor- it's been one of the BEST things I've ever done with it. Granted- the picture of the wood on the back is "pushing" things a little, but it really has been a versatile attachment.

 

One of the things I planned on using it for was a weight holder for plowing/snowblowing, but I never really did. In really deep snow, the sides of the basket have a tendency to hit the snowbanks and interfere with maneuverability when turning/ backing up. At least for me,  I  need the maneuverability. Rocking, turning, backing up, hitting snowbanks at a different angle, etc... Especially if you lose traction and slide sideways a little, or get stuck,  the basket gets impinged in the snow.

 

Mine is mounted lower than a lot of the ones I see posted here, so it may not be an issue for you guys, but it's something to think about. If I were to do a rear weight  again, I would do something like the radiator/ central mounted weight which would not get caught in the snow as  much as my wide overhanging basket which is slightly wider than the tractor.

 

As time went on, I accumulated a bunch of yardsale weights/craiglist etc.. and abandoned the idea of using the rear basket. Most of my weight is directly on the tires now

 

 

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Posted November 13, 2017 - 09:52 AM

I got an ATV basket that is not as wide or strong. Not because I knew any better, but because it was $39 at harbor freight. Since I used the grass catcher mounting point it is offset to the right, it does stick out but only a little bit. It also sits a bit higher than the hitch.i didn't plan that either. Snow here in NJ doesn't get that deep often, and when I can, I get after it every few inches while it's more manageable. Picked up some used tires and rims, and new tubes I plan to fill with washer fluid for this season.
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Posted November 13, 2017 - 11:35 AM

I put a 2" Heavy hitch Sleeve hitch receiver on BOH and rode him at this year's show with the carrier. At one point I had two 12 YO boys riding on it. No issues.



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Posted November 13, 2017 - 11:39 AM

Larry,
You say sleeve hitch, I say receiver hitch. Are they both the same thing? Two inch id square tube with pin through the sides to secure whatever ?
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Posted November 13, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Look at my 3rd picture, I have a sleeve hitch, and bought the Heavy Hitch 2" receiver that fits the Sleeve hitch.


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Posted November 13, 2017 - 01:14 PM

I added photo above. Still not sure what a sleeve hitch is.
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Posted November 13, 2017 - 02:26 PM

This is a sleeve hitch.

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Posted November 13, 2017 - 09:34 PM

Would like to find one of those cargo carriers about 2 ft. wide or so. Probably would be best to buy a HF cut it down. Then would not be wider than the tractor, maybe even 30"wide. Can see it would be so very handy around the yard, carrying tools etc.

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Posted November 14, 2017 - 08:57 AM

My bucket is pretty handy.

 

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Posted November 14, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Bob - that bucket was my original plan. It just sort of morphed to the cargo carrier by the time I got around to it.
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Posted November 14, 2017 - 02:45 PM

That's kind of funny. My original plan was something more like a cargo carrier, but I hung a bucket from the seat springs as a expedient way to carry a few things during the planning stage, and ended up using it like that for a few years. I didn't make the beefy ring that bolts to the frame until after I got a snow blade.


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Posted November 14, 2017 - 08:31 PM

I had made a wooden carryall box. Worked great for hauling a snowblower to the neighbors which gave great traction and just about every thing else. It totally fell apart while hauling firewood this fall.
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