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    Default 3 Pt Hookup Help

    I'm new to tractors. I have a used one with York rake. I need to attach it but it is quite heavy to left myself and none of the three points goes low enough to hook up at ground level. It seems I am missing something. Do I call a friend to help me lift it? So many thanks.

    <a href=mailto:chrisp11@Mindspring.com>Chris P</a>


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    Default Re: 3 Pt Hookup Help

    You have a typical Chicken and Egg problem.

    If when you un-hooked it, you would have put the front on a couple of cinder blocks, it would be the correct height to hook up.

    If you have a jack or front end loader (or a friend), put a couple of cement blocks under the front of the rake and you should be set. Other wise some weight training is in order. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]


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    Default Re: 3 Pt Hookup Help

    You pretty much have to sit the part that fits on the 3-point hitch on a cinder-block, block of wood, jack stand or something, so you can hook up to it without having to lift it.

    If you find yourself swapping implements a lot in the future, you might want to investigate the Freedom Hitch, http://www.freedomhitch.com.

    Mark


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    Default Re: 3 Pt Hookup Help

    Well, Wen, there weren't any replies when I started mine. You beat me to it...

    Mark


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    Default Re: 3 Pt Hookup Help

    I'd guess that a Freedom Hitch needs longer PTO shafts. How significant is this, i.e. if I added a Freedom Hitch to my current implements would I have problems with the shaft seperating if, my tiller for example, was in a depression and the tractor front end was low?

    RCH

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    Default Re: 3 Pt Hookup Help

    Everyone knows the secret to hook up of a three point----if it doesn't line up you have to cuss it and it will go right on. Now too low is another matter and they have already addressed it.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]
    I would love to have the freedom hitch but one thing stops me --my wallet--.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Gordon


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    Default Re: 3 Pt Hookup Help

    RCH, I've got the Freedom Hitch on a rotary cutter and a tiller, but I didn't need to do anything to the PTO shaft on either. Most PTO shafts are made to reach fine on much larger tractors, so they'll easily reach the additional 5" inches or so.

    Mark


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    Default Re: 3 Pt Hookup Help

    Been There, Done That...

    If you have an implement you forgot to block up I sometimes have to hook a chunk of pull-strap (don't like to scratch my paint) on the lower lift arms and around something on the implement and use the 3 pt to lift it up.

    Of course if you just bought a BX2200 in the first place you could lift the front of the tractor up with your arms while your wife hooked the pins. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Actually I remember doing something similar on my Ford once, it has teeth on the front bucket and on hard ground you can push the front end way up by pointing them downward, this enabled me to hookup once when my block fell over.

    Some implements have a simple stand like you see commonly on a trailer, I've even seen them that come completely off with a pin. When I find a welder who needs some firewood I'm going to put one on each of my implements so I don't have to go find a block. I think these are optional on some implements, like the manufacturer is really doing something SPECIAL! DUH, you pay $$$$ for an implement and they can't have their welder do this as a routine to make sure everyone loved their implements? Big companies always amaze me at their inability to sometimes make simple changes, in this case a simple add on.

    If my dealer had brand A and brand B and Brand B would have had a simple stand...


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    Default Re: 3 Pt Hookup Help

    Good comments. Blocks, and I'd add a 5' or 6' pry bar, make the task easier. At best swapping 3ph implements is a small pain. Today I finally have to take off pallet forks in favour of the box scrapper. Pallet forks and post hole augers must be the worst.

    Too bad I didn't finish the fork work before needing the scrapper for several days. Gawdg, who'd of guessed I'd get 15 yards of gravel and 15 yards of top soil the same day as ordered, and followed by two days of rain. Now I've got to deal with the dirt and put the forks back on as well. Black fly are the only reason I didn't finish with the forks. Guess I've got to say that black fly make swapping 3ph implements even worse to get back on subject. A bug shirt can be considered an aid to 3ph mounting, but it's getting grease covered.

    I, myself, don't have a problem of too low. My lift will drag the ground, maybe it's the turf tires, but I still block the implements. There's a thread on CTB on this subject which contains some more useful comments.



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    Default Re: 3 Pt Hookup Help

    del,

    My Woods rear blade has a stand like you're talking about. Just a bar with a round base and is adjustable to three levels. I use it most of the time, though my blade is only a 5 footer and I can lift it O.K., keeps it off the floor.

    JimBinMI

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