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For plowing... wheel weights or suitcase weights?

I'm not looking forward to drilling holes in the rims. I'm not sure of the stress the weights will have on the hitch.

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When I've used Wheel weights, they always mounted in some of the exising holes in the rim. I never needed to drill anything.....

Suitcase weights seem like they'd be handier, but the mounting place might sometimes interfere with using some implements.

Just my thoughts.......
 

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Im Getting suitcase weights, but am concerned that they will interfere with my 'hitch hole' as i want to pull a spreader for sanding...

i think ill fill the tires also... to compensate in case i need to remove the suitcase weights.

so i vote both.
 

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I know right now JD seems to be doing away with the wheel weight Idea right now and pushing the use of suitcase weights. Ihave used both suitcase and wheel weights. I prefer suitcase weights the are easier to use. I use suitcase weights on my Cub2206 when I'm tilling with it. I use wheel weights on my White GT2055 when plowing snow in the winter. And plan on buying more suitcase weights for my JD X485 to use in the ballest box. Either one will work. I would use both for plowing.
 

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I have used wheel weights in the past, but am switching to suitcase weights. They are easier and much quicker to put on and take off. They do not have to be removed to change a tire. and they are useable front or rear, and from machine to machine depending on the application. In my application, I have to fabricate a weight bracket, but the new Deere garden tractors will allow the suitcase weights to hook directly to the rear of the frame with no bracket (slick engineering!)
 

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I have been able to use the same 4 suitcase weights on all 3 of my JD tractors. I only use them for snowblowing and have had no problems and never considered anything else.
 

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I am not sure if this particular method of mounting would be practical as it limits use of some impliments but I figured maybe you might be interested. I already have a 3 pt. hitch fabricated by a friend and I may try this weight rack. Those suitcase weights are pricey! Yowwsaaah! :eek:mg:


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That's one of the pitfalls of suitcase weights. They take up the area of a rear implement. Also you forget they're on there and you end up with broken siding or a ding in your pole barn. I hate when that happens.:duh:
 

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I have wheel weights on my tractors. I never remove them. Eaven in the summer, they seem to make the tractors a little more stable on any hils, and stop most tire spinning in the damp aeras. Plus how often do you remove the wheels? I have to take one off of my 224, becouse of a flat, and this is the first time it has been off sence I have had it. Now I do need more weight sometimes,[tilling, log splitter] and for that I add on more.
 

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couldnt do that paul, the weights would cover up my chrome hubs!!

But the suitcase weights do make it hard to pull implements; like a spreader or anything with a lever, and they add close to a foot to the tractor.
 

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I'm going to stray slightly OT here, but here was my cheapskate way to add ballast for my FEL. (See attachment at bottom)

It also makes a nice little roller for small jobs. I couldn't make it much bigger because of the angles of the draft links going toward the tractor. I used the draftlinks spacer rod that came with the tractor for an axle. Conduit, vinyl flooring, two wooden wire reels, 280 lbs of quickcrete and duct tape make up the rest. It gives me 380 lbs of ballast with my wheel weights. It cost me less than 10 dollars. Heres a link for more pics after you all stop laughing. Ballast/Roller pics
 

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it will do some heavy duty stripping too are you kin to Red Green with all that duck tape.
Jody
 

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Hey, I never thought about the stripping. I dont know who or what Red Green is.

The reason for the duct tape is that I had intended to remove the wooden end caps and the vinyl covering I used for the concrete form. But before I did that, I tested the roller out. I had too much sway in the draft link adjustment, and the edge of the draft link chewed through and knocked off one of the wooden end caps and also chewed the edges of the concrete. I fixed the sway, but thought the 90 degree edges on the concrete wouldnt last long, so I just wrapped everything in duct tape!

The tape is holding up well. My friend asked what happens when the tape starts coming off. Simple: Add more tape!
 

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Yeah, the 380 lbs that I cobbled together is about right for what I'll be doing. Your 430 FEL could probably pick my up my 2210, flip it around a few times, and set it down.
 

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moehoward2210,
Red Green is a character on the Red Green show from Canada. Some PBS stations show it here in the states. He is a philosopher, craftsman, engineer and leader of Possum Lodge. It's a very funny show!!!! The man uses duct tape for everything and is known for saying that "You can see the quality of the craftsmanship by the smoothness of the duct tape." Also, "Spare the duct tape and spoil the job!" I hope you can find it in your local TV listings as it is definitely worth a 1/2 hour to watch. :D
 

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Personally I prefer any weight that is added without taxing the axles or susupensions etc.......... That limits the weights to either wheel mount or tire filled. I normally leave on my wheel weights. Suitcase weights are handy for those times when a little extra is needed. I don't really even like the looks of suitcase weights, and thats why I cast in the wieghts into my bumper and grill guard I made for my 1720 Ford. Suitcase weights give the machine that added "power macho look" like its really a prime mover though!

Wheel weights keep the machines center of gravity and tilting point much lower as well.
 
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