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Cat. IV Hitch For Big 4-WD Tractors
John Redekop with Mandako Agri Marketing, Plum Coulee, Manitoba recently called FARM SHOW to tell us about the new Cat. IV 3-pt. hitch his company introduced. It's designed for big 4-WD articulated tractors that range from 250 to 475 hp.
  "As far as I know we're the only company that sells Cat. IV 3-pt. hitches," says Redekop. "We've been selling Cat. III 3-pt. hitches for 2-WD and front wheel assist tractors for years. However, farmers who own big 4-WD tractors tell us they need a hitch that will lift big equipment such as 24-row planters and 50-ft. wide field cultivators. These tractors pivot in the middle, and an ordinary 3-pt. hitch isn't built strong enough to withstand the side forces during the lifting process. By adding a Cat. IV 3-pt. to the tractor many farmers may use their big implements without having to buy a newer tractor."
  According to Redekop, the Cat. IV 3-pt. hitches are built to withstand both the side torque forces when lifting and the torqueing action of the tractor itself. "These hitches are built heavy and weigh from 1,200 to 1,900 lbs., with a capacity of up to 10,000 lbs.," he says. Many of them go on Deere 60, 70, 80, and 90 series 4-WD tractors as well as on the Bueller 435 series, New Holland 92 series, and Case IH Quad Trac and 4-WD models."
  The company offers a quick hitch that can be fastened onto the Cat. IV 3-pt. hitch. "The same hitch can also be used on our Cat. III hitches as well," notes Redekop.
  Prices for the Cat. IV hitch start at $9,000 and go up to $12,000. The quick hitch sells for $1,250.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mandako Agri Marketing, Inc., P.O. Box 136, Hwy. 306, Plum Coulee, Manitoba, Canada R0G 1R0 (ph 888 525-5892 or 204 829-3348; fax 204 829-7712; mandako@mandakoagri.com; www.mandakoagri.com).

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