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"Lazy Man's" Way To Pull Wagon Pins
"My hitch pin releaser for automatically unhitching forage wagons is the best made-it-myself gadget I've ever come up with," says Thomas Langan, Alma Center, Wis.
"I mounted an old electric window opener from a car on the back of my New Holland 790 forage harvester, just above the wagon hitch. Then I ran a tarp strap from the window opener arm to the hitch pin. The reason for using an elastic tarp strap is that it allows the window opener arm to raise even if the pin sticks. If it does stick, the strap stretches out and you just give the tractor a slight jerk to pop the pin out.
"I used a 3-prong plug to wire the window motor to the tractor (one to raise, one to lower, and ground). It's wired to a switch that I mounted on the control box for the Metal Alert on the forage harvester. "I can now unhook wagons without having to open the rear cab window to pull a rope every time. I just hit the switch to pop the pin, and then lower the arm to hook up the next wagon."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Thomas Langan, N8965 CTH F, Alma Center, Wis. 54611 (ph 715 964-2100).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5