you have your FEL off when you bushog, so just put on a simple box on the nose and you can fill it w/rocks, dirt, or 3-4 5 gallon buckets of water (w/tops etc) you could make a simple enough nose box from plywood and a little angle iron and it'd be easy to put on/take offI have to ask if anyone say with an "L" series or larger has done this? Reason I ask is I was told not to by the dealer because of FEL loading of the tires. I do know when I have had full bucket loads of dirt the front tires are rather flat, surprisingly so to me versus how 2wd fronts usually look. I like the idea of having a little more inexpensive weight up front to balance the Bushhog. Perhaps a lower amount of fill, maybe 60-70 percent? Don't mean any of this to be contentious, please don't take it that way, just wanting more inputs. Thanks
Ouch, that is just what I want to avoid; I will take a little slippage and care to keep my machine intact.The main problem with loading the fronts is the stress, wear, and tear that are done to the steering components. It takes extra force to turn loaded tires and having them loaded all of the time constantly requires components to work harder.
An example by ETRon points out the force on tires when the bucket is loaded. Power steering makes it seem like nothing but the force is there.
i also dont have but maybe 5psi air in the rear tire.makes the tire wider at the ground and the ride is much smoother.i dont know what size the tires are on this model of tractor,but i dont think you could enough water in them to make that big of a difference.my 9540 has 18.4 30 tires on the rear and they told me at the tire shop they held 90gallons and water weighs 8lbs per gallon so i wouldnt think you get maybe 5gallons at the most so i wouldnt take the risk of tearing up the frontend for that little bit of weight.as far as slippage goes if the back wheels arent slipping the front cant either because there is no differential in the transfer case.have you ever thought about suitcase weights they weigh 100lbs each,i have 10 on my 9540 they hang on the factory weight that comes on the tractors with no fel.they work great.