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Ultradog MN

01-17-2015 15:34:44




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I didn't like the weights I had. Couldn't find any cast iron. Used anti freeze was going to cost $2 a gallon.
So I've been watching for a sale on windshield washer fluid. A friend of mine told me they had it on sale at Menards for $1.37/a gal.
-20 stuff.
I just got home with 120 gallons.
16.9X24 tires. I'm thinking WWF may be slightly lighter than water but it still ought to add about 450-500 lbs/tire.

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Lumpy

01-22-2015 06:51:00




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 Re: There. That settles it. in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-17-2015 15:34:44  
I agree with the others. I got my used engine anti-freeze for free also. In fact the guy told me to spread the word if anyone else needed it to send them his way.



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John_PA

01-19-2015 03:43:23




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 Re: There. That settles it. in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-17-2015 15:34:44  
If anyone else is thinking of doing this...

O'Reilly has concentrate drums that make 1,728 gallons of -30F antifreeze for $700. That's about 40 cents a gallon if you have several tractors and several people who want to buy in together, or if you want to own a lifetime supply of washer fluid... I used to get 55 gallon plastic drums of the stuff for about $80, 15 years ago.



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jimmyjack

01-17-2015 21:09:16




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 Re: There. That settles it. in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-17-2015 15:34:44  
Hard to understand why used anti freeze would cost so much. Most places give it away or throw it down the sewer, which is legal if the sewer goes to a treatment system. Waste antifreeze is bio degradable.



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Ultradog MN

01-18-2015 04:11:16




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 Re: There. That settles it. in reply to jimmyjack, 01-17-2015 21:09:16  
I called around to a bunch of different places and they all gave me the same reply.
It is considered hazardous waste so if I'm not a licensed handler/recycler they can't let me have it.
Several auto dismantlers sell used stuff for $1.50-$2.50/gal. I was going to buy the $1.50 stuff but when I told him I needed 120 gallons he said it sells too fast to ever build up that quantity for me.
$1.37 was cheaper any way. I just wonder what the guy in the recycling truck will think when I put 120 plastic jugs out on the curb.

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jimmyjack

01-18-2015 09:30:09




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 Re: There. That settles it. in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-18-2015 04:11:16  
Must be different across the river. I just picked up a barrel from a GMC dealership that kept it for me. Now they again just sewer it. J



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testanley

01-17-2015 17:37:26




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 Re: There. That settles it. in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-17-2015 15:34:44  
Filled mine with WW fluid using the pump from a 25 gal tow behind lawn spray. Just pulled the suction tube from the tank, stuck it into each gallon jug, when it emptied that one, moved on to the next. Had to release air about every other gallon. As I recall, used about 40 gallons per tire on a 2000 model.



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old

01-17-2015 16:57:35




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 Re: There. That settles it. in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-17-2015 15:34:44  
Ya if you watch you can by it for just over a buck a gal and at times a bit lower. Weight should be about the same as water. Now if your talking water and CACL ya a lot lighter



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esbrian

01-17-2015 16:36:06




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 Re: There. That settles it. in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-17-2015 15:34:44  
I've pretty much settled on the same solution. I found when I increased my tread width (to put chains on without beating up the fenders) that I have 1 tire full of air and one full of rim guard. The washer fluid won't even up the weight perfectly, but it'll be a heck of a lot evener than it is now and hopefully improve my grip in the snow.

How are you planning to fill the tires?



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Ultradog MN

01-18-2015 04:19:06




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 Re: There. That settles it. in reply to esbrian, 01-17-2015 16:36:06  
I'm going to use the water pump from my tile saw.
Pour the WF in a trash can and let it pump for a couple of hours. Have to burp it now and then but have done it that way before and it worked ok. Not the fastest but ok.
I have two pumps so will do both tires at the same time.



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