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Discussion in 'JD Lawn & Garden Tractor Forum' started by PA212, Jan 10, 2021 at 7:48 PM.

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  1. PA212

    PA212 Member

    A friend set me up with 16 plates from a rusted out weightlifting machine. Not sure how much they each weigh, but assuming 10#s each it would add 160#s.
    Started with a piece of all thread in the trailer hitch hole and one plate. Added a couple of pieces of flat stock to make a shelf for a second stack. Tied the front stack to the top of the rear frame plate with a piece of stock with a 90 bend on the end. Those pieces are long enough to tie the rear stack in too. Whole thing seems pretty stable so far. Hopefully I don’t blow out a tire!
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  2. Brian1967

    Brian1967 New Member

    OH. MY. GOSH. I don't think you'll be getting stuck anytime soon. You have the whole lat pull down machine on the back of that sonovagun.

    Lookout snow. JD with a weight machine coming through.

    That's some good ol' American innovation right there.
     
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  3. Kster526

    Kster526 Well-Known Member

    2,550
    6,922
    Oley, Pa
    I like the repurposing of the weights, I'd be a little concerned the brackets supporting them would bend but they do fit into that area nicely. Saved $$$$
     
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  4. PA212

    PA212 Member

    I was a bit concerned about the weight too Kyle, but I figure tongue weight on a trailer could easily be 200-300 lbs so I’m under that. It’s tough to see but the upper pieces of flat stock hook over the back frame plate to help control the bending force on the drawbar plate.
    The lower pieces of flat stock do bend - that’s one of the reasons why I put the upper plates on and used the continuous rods on the back stack. This keeps everything sandwiched together and controls that bending. Some of the weight from the bottom of the rear stack efficiently hangs from the upper flat stock.
    Now we just need some more snow so I can see how she goes!
     
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  5. Chaser

    Chaser Well-Known Member

    Looks good. I've got similar weights I hang under our pulling tractors.
     
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  6. MiniHomesteader

    MiniHomesteader Active Member

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    Looks good!
    160# ain’t gonna hurt that thing. I run 168# on the back of my 110 RF. Plus about 20# for the mounting bracket. 9600E075-212B-4E90-8F81-4E57A2E51D01.jpeg
    Plus a pair of wheels weights on the filled tires:)
     
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