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« on: September 04, 2012 01:31:14 PM »

Hi! I have been asked to make some counterweights for people at a plant who have to wear a pile of stuff around their necks all day.  I have made them before using small landscape gravel for weight but that is wearing thru the fabric.  So I am wondering if there is some way to get small metal balls like shot or ball bearings for cheap? Not making much on them.  Any ideas?  I uploaded a picture I labeled "counterweight."  Not sure how pictures post at this forum.  Thanks for any ideas.

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012 06:34:45 AM »

I would suggest buckshot or similar, go ask some folks at any hunting/fishing store to take a look at their shotgun shot. The stuff makes great weights.


The above is a good indicator of shot sizes, buckshot is likely the one I'd go for since it's large enough to easily work with.

If you need to order it online do a google search for 'shotgun reloading' you can find guys like these fellers here.
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012 07:18:59 AM »

I agree--the larger sizes are much more manageable!

I would use nylon to hold the weights then cover with fabric...the nylon is very strong...I made scuba weights using lead shot since it is heavy and you don't need a lot...you need to protect yourself with the lead shot by wearing a mask and gloves...steel shot is not as heavy but probably safer...

You could also try fishing weights...they are cheap and come in lead free...and lots of sizes!

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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012 08:09:27 PM »

If you're going that direction, check with anyone in your area the balances and installs tires, they use a lead free weight for balancing and when the clips on those weights break they're close to useless.
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2012 07:09:31 AM »

What a great tip...I need to ask my mechanic to save those for me! Cheesy
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