I hate reading a thread just to find out it’s ten years old. But, I have some FYI questions. I’ve never liked adding counter balance to small machines so they can lift more. I’ve always looked at buckets on 318’s and 430’s as the farmers friend for mucking out stalls. I have a Massey 135 for bush hogging the farm. I had a chance to buy a Massey 35 with. FEL cheap. Was going to swap it over to my 135 and sell the 35. All the guys with 135’s said it would take it, but wouldn’t like it. Was rough on the front end, and if you put enough counter balance on the back, to maximize the loader, you were running the risk of breaking bigger stuff. Sounds like the same discussion, next size up. What does JD say about shimming the valves and how much counter balance can you run before you crack it in half? I wound up finding a 4X4 diesel loader that weighs 2700 pound with no implements. It’s rated at 900 pound without counter balance. That does all I need. Just curious when enough, becomes too much? Joe.