2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1, Page #37[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Sling Supports PTO-Operated Hydraulic Pump
"The pto-operated hydraulic pump on my New Holland haybine is quite heavy and tended to sag on the tractor's pto shaft. The resulting vibration caused the hydraulic hoses to rub against the haybine frame. I was afraid the hoses would wear through and also that the steel lines they were connected to would fail due to metal fatigue.
"To solve the problem I made a sling for the pump that keeps it running nice and straight. I wrapped a piece of baler belt around the pump and used a pair of square steel plates to bolt the top ends of the belt together. The plate connects to a steel bracket that's welded to the top link on the tractor's 3-pt. hitch. The pump can be raised or lowered by turning a 2 1/2-in. long bolt that connects the bracket to the flat plates."
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