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Modular Weight Carrier FDT and RBT

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Talntedmrgreen

I wanted to share a project that I was able to bribe Ray into pulling off for me. A few months back he posted on a suitcase weight carrier that he built for the common, MTD style 43# weights. It was designed for mounting on the front of RBT's and worked great after I picked one up off Ray. It will hold anywhere from 43 to 215#, and I wanted one for use with my rear mount vac, and Mac sprayer, both of which bring the front tires off the ground on the hills in my lawn.

The build is beautiful...Ray is an artist with steel.

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So, I invested in these weights, and wanted to put them to more use. Ray and I got to brainstorming, and he already had a great rear mount design. It is now on my sweeper machine. I shim out my FDT rear drawbars, to accommodate RBT attachments, and this weight carrier will now work on any of my machines, as well as RBT's. It will hold 43-172# with the rear lift in place. If you need 215#, you can unhook the lift rod and leave the lift bracket 'lame' and out of the way.

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To put the weights and carrier to further use, Ray built this bracket, similar in function to the FDT front counter weight. I told him I plan to use it in a static position with my vac and sprayer, but it would be nice to also use the suitcase weights for counterweight for mid and rear attachments, just like OEM. The RBT front weight carrier bolts right up.

Here it is...

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I think it's quite a nice piece of hardware, and I can now use these weights on the front or rear of any Simp/AC large frame tractor. This all came together very fast, and I'm sure with some more thinkin', the carrier could be used on the rear in a lift/counterweight style position as well.

Thanks Ray! I wish everyone could see this stuff in person...the build is just so clean.

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huffy
quote:I wish everyone could see this stuff in person...the build is just so clean.id="quote">
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I have seen these in person, and TMG's not exaggerating. The stuff looks like it was machine-made in a factory.

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Talntedmrgreen

I should have dug up a lift rod to show that attached. I have an adjustable rod out on loan that I usually use for the front weights. It functions the same as an OEM front counterweight, but allowing the use of the suitcase weights.

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RayS

Josh and Chris thanks for the compliments. I am glad that they met your expectations. I would like to do a front - rear ball hitch next, but we got that lined up. I have made a couple of the rear ball hitches this weekend for a couple of members.

The MTD suit case weights on eBay and at Lowe's are a cheap alternative to other weights out there. The ones on eBay are even a better deal than Lowe`s.

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quote:Originally posted by ngale65

Thats Awesome. I Know whats getting ordered for my HB next. :D


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id="quote">Me too! Really cool & I already have 3 wts so guess what's next.

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ngale65

I was thinking semi gloss black to. Good thinking Greg on the black primer. I think that will be tomorrows project since it will take some time to dry. i also need to paint the rear wheel weights on the 212. Thoughts? black or yellow or antique white to match the wheels?

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well, it killed me to put them on there. i just sanded them down to prep for paint but the tires were slipping and it was easier to throw that on than put the chains on. Plus i ordered a sandblast cabinet yesterday, so ill be blasting the brackets and wheel weights next week. I already have the paint :) smart ass. lol

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Talntedmrgreen
quote:Originally posted by ngale65

or were you mocking my weights. I figured that would get a rise out of some people haha


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id="quote">No, no. The wheel weights have 'petina'...the other weights...well, 'nuf said. ;) I don't know how the heck you're going to sandblast the castings of those critters off of those though.

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ZippoVarga

Those deer weights need a can of body filler slathered on them...lol. Love the designs Ray!! I have one lonely suitcase weight that acts more like a door stop than anything else. So far, I haven't had lift or traction issues which warrants adding more weight than I currently use, but my 25lb dumbell weights don't look as cool as those suitcase weights and brackets. Nice work guys!!

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