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Planter Modification Makes Hook-Up Easy
The only thing George "Bing" Ribble didn't like about his 1980 White 12-row air planter was the way the planter's hydraulic pump attached to the pto on his tractor.
"It bolted directly over the pto and right under the hydraulic hoses and the 3-pt.," says the Hettick, Ill., farmer. "I could see right away it would take a long time to hook and unhook the planter - and that you couldn't use the 3-pt. when the planter was hooked up. To solve those problems, I relocated the pump before I ever took it to the field."
He moved the pump back 3 ft. on the tongue and mounted it on shop-built mounting brackets he made out of angle iron. He made a short pto shaft that runs from the pto on the tractor back to the hydraulic pump.
"To unhook, all we have to do is remove the sleeve on the pto shaft, which takes only two or three minutes," he says.
Ribble says the planter has otherwise per-formed beyond his highest expectations. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George "Bing" Ribble, R.R. 2, Hettick, Ill. 62649 (ph 618 778-5752).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5