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    Using Hydravac mount to hold suitcase weights

    Has anyone tried adding some suitcase weights to the hydravac mount? Weights would be mounted on 1/2" pins. Intended use case is added weight for snow blowing.

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    How about filling your rear tires and adding wheel weights that should help a lot.
    Can you take a few photos of what you liked to try ?


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    I have not tried it, but seems to me it would work. The weight of the bagger / blower hanging out as far as it does must put a pretty good leverage on the bracket; so it seems pretty strong. Not sure if I would put 200 lbs on it but two 40 lb weights should be OK IMHO.
    Are you thinking of putting a 1/2 inch rod through the mounting holes and hanging the weights from that
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigman View Post
    Matt
    How about filling your rear tires and adding wheel weights that should help a lot.
    Can you take a few photos of what you liked to try ?


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    Bigman I've got plastic wheel weights and 2 link chains for winter service. I've also got a non-ingersoll weight box which I've modified for the tractor but I can no longer fit it with the rear PTO I added. With the wheel weights and weight box filled with a few concrete blocks I've got great traction while pushing my SB48 snowcaster.

    I think part of my issue in past years was due to the travel control inline linkage being worn out even though my tractor had really low hours. A new linkage solved the problem with the tractor jumping forward when I opened the travel valve. Unfortunately last year we only got like 2 inches of snow here and I really didn't get to test out the tractor since I fixed the linkage.

    I'm thinking of putting some 1/2" diameter pins though the hydravac mounting holes and securing the pins in place. The suitcase weights would simply hang on the pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maine Willy View Post
    I have not tried it, but seems to me it would work. The weight of the bagger / blower hanging out as far as it does must put a pretty good leverage on the bracket; so it seems pretty strong. Not sure if I would put 200 lbs on it but two 40 lb weights should be OK IMHO.
    Are you thinking of putting a 1/2 inch rod through the mounting holes and hanging the weights from that
    Willy
    Yes I am thinking of a 1/2" rod through the mounting holes with three 42lb suitcase weights attached. I don't think the larger 70lb suitcase weights will fit. I also don't think I need the 70lb weights.

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    I've got a drawing of the 42lb suitcase weights I found on the internet but I'm not sure how to upload a pdf. If anyone knows, let me know and I will upload the drawing.

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    I mocked up the prototype tonight. The weights fit well. I plan to use some 1/2" ID x 2" OD washers to space out the weights a bit. I will probably paint the weights orange.
    Weights 1.jpgWeights 2.jpgWeights 3.jpg

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    I will probably paint the weights orange.
    I left mine green When JD guy's give me S..T, I tell them "That is one thing JD does well, making dead weight"


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    I've been hanging a few suitcase weights from the hydravac bracket for about 10 years of winters. I use a 1/2" rod just like you did. I have not seen any problems from doing this.
    Having the weight nearer the axle helps the rear traction without unloading the front axle like when I would hang weight from the 3-pt hitch.

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    Having a Hydrabagger/Hydravac mount on our tractors has many advantages. I have a modified vehicle frame hitch with a 2" receiver installed in mine so I can swap out ball mounts as needed. In winter I install a heavy cast iron ball mount and bolt onto it the round heavy weight that I use on the front of the tractor in summer. This adds enough weight to the rear improving snow plowing performance.
    The mount also provides a good place to jack up the rear of the tractor when needed. I have an extra pair of rear wheels that I leave two link chains mounted on which makes the swap over to chains easier for me to do. There are times in the summer that I need tire chains on to do the job.

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