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Re: Weighting front end of a D-17

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10-08-2002 00:21:39

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Angle iron works fine, I made mine with two inch channel iron, extended back along side frame using existing tapped (5/8?) holes with Grade 5 or 8 bolts. Put on vertical angles and cross members in front of radiator as well. Recess in channel frame allows for concrete block to sit inside without any holddown needed. Or build rockbox out of 3/16 metal and fill with rocks or gravel, empty when not needed. Commercial boxes are hinged for easy emptying.

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10-08-2002 16:18:19

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 Re: Re: Weighting front end of a D-17 in reply to JMS/MN, 10-08-2002 00:21:39  
That's sound exactly like what I had in mind. I have several unused concrete silo staves I planned to lay across the angles and then strap down. I know that steel scrap would weigh more, and that original Allis weights would look nice, but the staves are free and nothing can beat that pound-to-dollar ratio. Are those threaded holes in the frame 5/8 inch? I tried putting a 5/8 grade 5 bolt into one of them, and they seemed to mismatch just enough to round off the bolt threads. Thanks all for your suggestions, it sounds like this idea will be safe, if not elegant.

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10-09-2002 21:37:25

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 Re: Re: Re: Weighting front end of a D-17 in reply to Mark, 10-08-2002 16:18:19  
Run a tap through the holes first, to clean up any accumulated rust and gunk. By the way, elegant always has a price, but free is free! When I started farming 30 years ago with a D17, I had just "inherited" a 1/2 inch log chain from my previous job. I always joked that I carried it on the front of the tractor just to add weight, since a 3/8 chain could always pull out a D17, so anything more was just ballast!

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