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3-Pt. Hitch For Pickups
Turn a pickup into a real workhorse around your place with Tom Kendle's 3-pt hitch.     Kendle first designed his 3-pt hitch to take advantage of the pulling/pushing power of the Hummer, a civilian version of the U.S. Army's HumVee. He has since adapted the hitch to pickup trucks, tractors and even a garden tractor.
  "I have a 1978 Ford F-250 equipped with 3-pt hitches on both ends," says Kendle. "I even put one unit on a cart that worked with a team of ponies. I carried a 700-lb. bale bigger than a team of Halflingers and even ran a Bush Hog on it."
  Kendle's garden tractor unit is mounted on an 8 hp Deere with a solid frame. He reduced the kit down to a Category 0 size and could still carry an 8-ft. railroad tie around with it.
  To make the most of his hitch, Kendle has designed and built a bulldozer blade as well as a boom, both of which mount on any unit. A pto unit is also available for mounting on the hitch.
  The medium duty 3-pt hitch sells for $1,385 ready to be mounted on the Hummer. Brackets for other vehicles are extra. A hydraulics assembly is available for $545. The 16 hp pto unit costs $5,743, the boom runs $60, and the bulldozer blade $1,080. Eventually, Kendle plans to sell garden tractor 3-pt units for about $600.
  If you want to see before you buy, Kendle offers a video of his equipment for $14.95 plus $3.00 for shipping. He also has a booklet of pictures of his units in use.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Kendle, 26179 May St., Edwardsburg, Mich. (ph 616 663-8997).

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