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Hydraulic Hitch Moves Forage Wagon Into Transport Position
Custom cutting up to 2,500 acres of silage a year is a little easier since Terry Cofer came up with a hydraulic hitch for his Deere pull-type forage harvester.
  "It pushes the wagon from transport position to cutting position," Cofer says, saving time and effort. It comes in handy for Cofer and his crew, because they cut for many small operations and move from field to field - often through narrow gates. It's also handy to move the wagon into transport position to make room to fill a dump truck on the side."
  Cofer's brothers, including one who was a former Deere engineer, worked with Cofer on the design. The hydraulic hitch is made of 4-in. sq. tubing bolted to the original transport hitch and the harvester's blower housing. On top of that, scrap 3-in. channel iron holds a hydraulic cylinder which moves back and forth 30 in.
  "Our chopper has electric solenoid valves, and we added another valve to connect the hydraulic line," Cofer says, noting that the hydraulics could also be run off the tractor.
  He's been using his $200 hitch for three seasons and recently built another hitch for his other harvester.
  "It worked the way we expected it to," Cofer says, "with no problems."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Terry Cofer, 143, Cofer Rd., Searcy, Arkansas 72143 (ph 501 268-5971; twcofer @cable lynx.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2