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Pickup 3-Pt Hitch
Moving equipment from one farm to another is an easy job on the Dan and Loren Van Wyk farms near Pella, Iowa. The father and son team mounted a quick-tach 3-pt. hitch on the back of a Dodge pickup.
"We often have to move equipment 15 or 16 miles and we don't have time to do it with a tractor," says Dan, noting that the hitch easily handles their 8-row cultivator, rotary mower, blade and other equipment. The two men cut off the back of the frame and mounted the 3-pt. which they built from scratch as close to the rear wheels as possible to put most of the weight over the rear wheels.
The 3-pt. has hydraulic cylinders on both lift arms and on the top link. A hydraulic pump and reservoir mount under the hood. Dan says they can equip the 3-pt. with a bale fork for moving big bales. The truck also carries a fuel tank and tools.


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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3