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Massey Harris Tractor Fitted With 3-Pt. Hitch
"My Massey Harris 44 loader tractor doesn't have a factory 3-pt. hitch, so I built one for it using the lower lift arms and adjustment rods from a Fordson-Major tractor," says Frank Dyck, La Crete, Alberta.
    He made attachment plates out of 1/2-in. thick steel with 1 1/8-in. pins welded on, drilled to match the existing bracket holes on the drawbar hitch where it bolts onto the tractor's final drive case. The tractor seat was in the way of the hydraulic cylinder that raises and lowers the 3-pt. so he removed the seat, as well as the coil spring and shock absorber underneath it. He made a new 2-pole spring support for the seat which straddles the hydraulic ram shaft. The springs came off an old Deere disc drill disc assembly.
    The original final drive cover didn't extend back far enough to provide a mounting base for the rockshaft, so he replaced it with a new one that he cut out of 1/2-in. thick plate steel, extending it about 4 in. farther back. Both ends of the cylinder are connected to greasable bushing supports off a Deere disk. One side of the lift arms is fixed and the other is adjustable via a lift rod that's operated by turning a crank. He also threw away the pto shield to make room for the 3-pt. hitch.
    "I had to build my own rockshaft, as the rockshaft on the Fordson-Major is built into the tractor and can't be removed," says Dyck. "The Massey Harris tractor already had two pairs of hydraulic couplers on back which were used to raise and lower the loader and also to tilt the bucket. To operate the 3-pt. hitch I just disconnect the hoses that are used to tilt the bucket and plug the hoses for the 3-pt.'s hydraulic cylinder. I can use the loader and 3-pt. hitch at the same time as long as I don't have to tilt the bucket."
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Frank M. Dyck, P.O. Box 388, La Crete, Alberta, Canada T0H 2H0 (ph 780 928-3944).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4