He Equipped Pickup With Pto, Hydraulics
"It eliminates the need for a tractor on many different jobs," says Charles Beldt, Ashton, Iowa, who mounted a pto on back of his 1973 Ford 1-ton pickup, al-lowing him to use the pickup to operate self-unloading wagons, manure spreaders, elevators, etc.
Beldt ran a 10-ft. long shaft from a pto adapter on the transmission to the back bumper, where he mounted a short splined stub shaft (off a Deere garden tractor). The stub shaft mounts under a shield off a Farmall 560 tractor.
"The pto shaft runs at about 50% of pickup engine's speed. It took a lot of searching to find a pto adapter that ran in the right direction and at the right speed. I bought it for $100 at a salvage yard. I bought the stub shaft from a local ma-chine shop. I spent $225 on the pto and $125 on a pto-driven hydraulic pump that I mount on the pickup to drive a winch on a gooseneck implement trailer. I bought a 5-ton Army surplus winch for $75. " I restore antique tractors as a hobby so the winch comes in handy for hauling `dead' tractors onto the trailer. I also use the trailer to haul machinery back and forth between my two farms. Using a ptodriven hydraulic pump is a lot simpler and less messy than using an engine-powered pump."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Charles Beldt, 2643 Nettle Ave., Ashton, Iowa 51232 (ph 712 324-2854).

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4