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    3 pth ballast box

    I am looking to build an adjustable weight ballast box using concrete layers that will drop over threaded rod. To do the job cheaply I need a platform that the blocks can rest on that will be connected to the 3 pth. Using a 3 pth trailer adapter as the lifting device, I need to support the weight of the block on the trailer adapter. I'd rather not hire a welder. Any ideas? Thanks.

    Here is what I came up with. Bought a hitch frame from Ag supply and turned it around ,had welder add support and base then added my concrete formed blocks.
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    Five gallon pails for your concrete weights if you want square weights maybe recycling tubs something you can add by hand to adjust the ballast . as far as the frame you could ready rod some angle iron together and fill with concrete for your base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayinVa View Post
    I am looking to build an adjustable weight ballast box using concrete layers that will drop over threaded rod. To do the job cheaply I need a platform that the blocks can rest on that will be connected to the 3 pth. Using a 3 pth trailer adapter as the lifting device, I need to support the weight of the block on the trailer adapter. I'd rather not hire a welder. Any ideas? Thanks.
    It looks like you have what you need with the drum. Just load blocks or other weights into the drum. Sounds easier than lifting concrete layers.

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    I use two barrels and fill them with water lots easier than handling concrete.
    Dusty

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    Thanks, my thought was to concentrate the weight in as small an area as possible.

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    Thank you. The drum pic was one I had copied so people would know what I was talking about. I bought a 55 gal drum but need to get the steel to make the 3pth.


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