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Well this has been on my signature for a long time but didn't get much use last year. I never liked how low it was when mounted on the receiver hitch mount I bought from JD or even after flipping it from the bottom hitch mount to the top and then on top of a piece of 4"x4" square stock.

Well then winter came and I found I wanted some weight so I bought a weight rear bracket and some suitcase weights. This spring I looked at it and said "hmm, I think that could support my platform ... and here we are.

I took a 2" receiver hitch with a hook attached to it, chopped off the hook so the end was blunt, and welded (my 1st with a mig) it to a stubby receiver thing made for an ATV.


Here it is now sitting next to the long receiver stock it will sit in.


I drilled a couple of holes in the receiver stock so it would pin into the weight bracket. This is the weight bracket on the X748. It holds 6 suite case weights so over 250 pounds. Notice the inner weight mounts are about 3"x3" or close to the outside dimensions of receiver stock. This could mount in either the right or left center area and is offset a little from center with either.






This shows the receiver stock in the weight bracket and the platform in the home rigged 90 degree receiver adapter thingy.


Here are a few more shots of it from a few angles.








===== To show Rear Tire vs. Platform width =====




Anyhow the platform weights 20 pounds or so, the 16 gallon sprayer is maybe 15 pounds, and 16 gallons of watery stuff is about 130 pounds so all of it is under the 250 pounds of weight the bracket is designed to carry. I know, leverage comes into play but I'll watch for bends and reenforce if needed.

Before I cut the receiver stock to length and finish off things I thought I would post here and see if I'm on the right path or there are adjustments to the project that need to be made before it is too late.

If approved I will finish things off and give the sprayer a try on it.

Your thoughts?:thanku:
 

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"too many pics maybe"

No such thing. :sidelaugh

You did a great job with it. :thThumbsU
 

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That ought to come in handy for many little jobs around the place. slkpk
 

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With a sprayer onboard you'll need your suitcase weights on the front.
You are right. That is unless I have the Johnny Bucket Sr on at the time. I think it should do the trick too. :fing32:
 

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Thanks for the feedback everyone.

The bolts in this pic are mock up ones. I'll either get right sized bolts then drill a hole in the end for a pin or look for pre-made pins. The bolts/pins do not get in the way of suitcase weights so I could still get 5 of them on without removing the receiver stock piece. I will need ballast back there for the JB Sr. for some projects. On the other hand everything related to the platform comes apart and off in less than two minutes.

 

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Yeah he got splashed up a little but that is to be expected this time of year. It is still WET here. Every time he crosses the driveway he leaves dirty Herman HDAP tracks and my wife asks why the driveway is so dirty. It is not worth the effort to clean him yet and I don't have the time or desire to clean him every time he gets splashed.

Good thing he is fine with this approach or I would be in real trouble.:thThumbsU
 

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My as of yet unnamed X728 so wants to get its tires muddy, but its owner just can't seem to let it happen! :Stop:
The platform looks good, and I think with either the suitcase weights or the JB Sr., counter weight won't be an issue. I like the way you used the weight bracket, can I see a whole range of attachments using the same method?:fing32:
 

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Yeah I (not seriously) thought I could leave the hitch stock long and rig it into a middle buster.:Stop:

 

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A little more welding with that stock piece and you could at least have a subsoiler! BTW, you know...never too many pics.:fing32:
 

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Looks good, and a nice set-up. Hopefully its a better setup than mine. I've got the Northern Tool 3pt hitch to go with my platform. And it tilts with my sprayer, very unstable. What I found was there is too much slop between the 2" reciever hitch set-up.
 

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A little more welding with that stock piece and you could at least have a subsoiler! BTW, you know...never too many pics.:fing32:
That's what I meant (or meant I was kidding about). I'm new to these implements...
 
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