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  1. #21

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    Default Re: Swinging drawbar extension???

    Bird,
    I have seen in other threads that it is not a good idea to pull from the three point. I was thinking of building something like you have for my BX. I like the fact that I could use the three point to at least help to dump the trailer. Do you think it would be a problem for a little tractor like the BX? Thanks
    Rich...

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    Epic Contributor Bird's Avatar
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    Default Re: Swinging drawbar extension???

    Rich, I suppose all the tractor manuals say to pull from the swinging drawbar, instead of the 3-point hitch, for liability reasons. The lower the point on the tractor that you hook onto, and I suppose the closer to the tractor, the less chance there is of whatever you're pulling hanging or stopping, and the tractor rearing up and going over backwards. Of course, too much tongue weight on a trailer could also cause the front end to get too light or rear up. On the other hand, the 3-point does not have "down force" so zero tongue weight or a negative tongue weight might cause the front of the trailer to come up instead of staying level.

    So there's no doubt the "safest" thing to do is use the "swinging drawbar" firmly attached to the lower side of the rear axle.

    And now, with all that being said, I'll bet most of us prefer to use the 3-point to get the pivot point farther back for tighter turns and so we can raise or lower the hitch for hooking up, and to raise the front of the trailer for dumping. So I won't tell anyone else to use the 3-point, but I will tell you that if I had that BX, I'd use the same hitch I have in that picture.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img] In fact, I made that contraption for my B7100 and now use it on the B2710; wouldn't be without it. You just have to use a little common sense, i.e., I wouldn't try pulling hard against a heavy load with the 3-point raised above the horizontal position.

  3. #23

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    Default Re: Swinging drawbar extension???

    Bird,
    Thanks for your reply, that is what I wanted to hear.
    The benifits as you have pointed out are sure enticing.
    I will probably use a receiver hitch in case I can dream up something else to attach.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/hmm.gif[/img]
    Rich...

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    Epic Contributor Bird's Avatar
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    Default Re: Swinging drawbar extension???

    <font color=blue>probably use a receiver hitch</font color=blue>

    Probably the best way to go. Some of the other guys have built some really nice ones, or you can buy a nice one from places like Northern Tool, but for my personal use, I just haven't had a need for anything more than what I have, so I went cheap.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Swinging drawbar extension???

    Bird:
    The picture you posted may have suggested " inexpensive " but not cheap as the design is very versatile and serves the purpose. Not self limited to the receiver type hitch and ball.

    Egon

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    Default Re: Swinging drawbar extension???

    Wal, your extension looks like it works fine, especially for your small trailer. It does look like you have a sharp point exposed on the rear of the angle. If it were mine, I know I'd probably "plant" the point into my shins. You might consider padding it if you are concerned. Also, I can talk from experience about drawbars and rotary cutters. You will have to remove that extension. My stock drawbar has a few divots in the end of it because it is about 1" too long at its longest extension.

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