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How To Help Remove Clip Pins From A Tractor Drawbar
Buck Trimble, Mt. Sterling, Ky.: "I have arthritis so my hands don't work as well as they used to. To help remove clip pins from the tractor drawbar, I came up with a little tool that works great when changing implements. It's especially handy when I'm working with gloves on. The tool is a slim, long neck screwdriver. I used a small propane torch to heat the blade in my vise so I could bend it into a hook.
  "The screwdriver I used happened to have a rubber handle so it really works good. The screwdriver's long stem really comes in handy if I have to reach under the drawbar. I mounted a small I-hook on my tractor's rear fender so I can keep this tool with the tractor all the time. Most of the time when I pull a clip pin out it stays on the screwdriver. If I drop the pin on the ground I can just reach down and hook it without having to remove my gloves.
  "Another idea - I mounted a plastic no. 3 coffee can on one of the tractor's rear fenders, where I keep extra pins and bushings for Cat. I drawbars when I change to different implements. I drilled several 3/8-in. dia. holes in the bottom of the can to let any water drain out. This way I always have the pins and bushings handy and don't have to look for them when I need them."

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1