Implement Attaching Tips?

yzinger

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Hey guys, you might have seen a thread I started earlier speaking about "do i want a snowblower". Well, I have decided yes and it will be delivered this week.

Got me to thinking - what is everyones method to attaching tools to the 3pth?

For instance, I have a bitch of time each time I hook up rotary cutter, not so much with the rear blade as I can lift it side to side etc...

Also, might just be a fun thread.
 

johnjk

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Some of the ideas in the past are to put the implement on a wheeled dolly that you can position to the tractor instead of trying to line up the tractor and then fighting the implement. Good idea if you have paved surfaces. I have rocks and mud, mostly mud this time of year. I went with a quick hitch and for my brush hog and box blade. For me it works pretty good. Another option is Pat's Quick Hitch. Had I know about Pat's prior to buying the quick hitch from Harbor Freight, I would have gone that route.
 

Freeheeler

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I've got the adjustable telescoping arms and really haven't had any issues lining things up at all. If I had several 3pt implements a quick hitch might be handy, but I only switch between the box blade and the backhoe. Of course no matter what you use, after you do it a hundred times or so it will get much easier.
 

85Hokie

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On things that are heavy - placing even a 2x4/concrete block under certain places will allow the "movement" to be better handled.

I too have faced the almost impossible task of hooking up the 5' rotary cutter ......and invented new cuss words!

rule 1 - place on very level ground!

rule 2 - place tractor in neutral ! Why? you can grab a rear wheel and push/pull a couple of inches when needed!

rule 3 - place implement on something that allowing "it" to move somewhat - a dolly is a great idea, but even something that allows a sliding motion will be huge!

IF you have the $ a quick hitch is a great tool! Still requires a good backing up to get everything correctly lined up.;)
 

yzinger

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Good stuff guys. Keep it coming.

I plan to make a pad this spring to set my implements on. I already have one right behind garage but it no longer big enough. I have a box blade, rear blade, bush hog, and now snowblower as well as backhoe.

Unit is a MKM 54" - 5 blade rotor - single auger - 366lbs.

Anyways, any folks from Nova Scotia dont worry about snow now - i just bought a blower, I am sure it wont storm now ;)
 

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rule 2 - place tractor in neutral ! Why? you can grab a rear wheel and push/pull a couple of inches when needed!
I would add "carefully" to that statement.
Saw a guy preparing to hook up a box scraper to a JD and decided to watch to see if I could pick up some tips. He had the tractor in neutral and had just rolled it a couple inches, then turned to the box scraper, when the tractor started rolling away. It all happened slowly, so no harm done, but the incident stuck in my mind. I guess it wasn't quite as level as he thought.

The other things I could add is to have a long "J" bar handy. Sometimes it's easier to "walk" an implement over a couple inches with a big lever than it is to re-position the tractor.
Dead blow hammer works wonders when one of those pins is almost lined up.
 

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Park your implements on wooden pallets. It's easier to take the implements on/off when they are a little higher off the ground. It also makes moving the implements around and storage easier if you are using forks.
 

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All great ideas.

My only thought is if you may go the route of Pat's or a QH, consider that when measuring your PTO shaft(s). They will add 3 or 4" to the length needed on the PTO shaft.

PTO's are easy to make shorter, but stretching them is more challenging.
 

85Hokie

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rule 2 - place tractor in neutral ! Why? you can grab a rear wheel and push/pull a couple of inches when needed!


thats why rule 1 is .................rule one!;):)
 

JeepinMaxx

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I was using the pallet method, but ended up going with a HF quick hitch ($79 with coupon). I still store implements on pallets, because the arms on my carryall work like forks when I need to move them around!
 

jms

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I have both a quick attach (BX) and the telescoping arms (MX).

I try to keep the implement on a pallet or blocks, makes it easier to attach and keeps it out of the water and mud.

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Lil Foot

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rule 2 - place tractor in neutral ! Why? you can grab a rear wheel and push/pull a couple of inches when needed!

thats why rule 1 is .................rule one!;):)
Amen brother!
 

bambam31

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I have telescoping arms and that has been a tremendous help. I also use a pry bar to get an implement lined up as opposed to moving the tractor. I am seriously considering a QH.
 

rjcorazza

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I have the telescoping lower arms, which makes life easy.
Someday I will build a barn over an existing 25’ x 30’ slab, with implements on dollies. I currently keep my winter plows on dollies in a cargo box.


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skeets

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Easiest way I found was to get one of the kids do it :D
 

Jefferson

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Not 3pt but I found it much easier to install mower deck and front snow blower with the front wheels of my Bx 1500 sitting on a 2 x 4.This helped with clearance on mower deck gear box and also allowed me drop the blower down lower to attach stub shaft on quick attachment.
 

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Something that works for me.
When I back the tractor an implement into a spot where I want to leave it, I set it down then place a couple of bricks on each side of the rear tire, then disconnect the implement. When I want to hook it up again I just back the tractor back into the spot between the wheels. If it came off there it will go back on there.
And level ground is a given no matter what you are using. If not level at least the tractor and implement should be on the same plane.