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Loader-Mounted 3-Pt. Hitch
“I use my Kubota loader tractor a lot to load 3-pt. implements onto my gooseneck trailer by myself. The tractor is equipped with a skid steer-style loader attachment. However, I got tired of having to get on and off the tractor all the time to hook chains onto the equipment. So I bought a Cat. I, 3-pt. quick hitch from Harbor Freight and converted it into a skidsteer-style attachment. Now I can hook up an implement and load it without ever having to get off the tractor,” says Steven Rios, Corpus Christi, Texas.
  He welded two lengths of 4-in. wide, 3/8-in. thick steel plate on back of the Harbor Freight quick hitch to form mounting brackets. He also added a 2 5/16-in. ball on top of the hitch so he can move the gooseneck trailer around with his loader.
  “It works great and was well worth the money,” says Rios. “I precut the steel plate myself and took everything else to a local welder.
  “I looked into buying a 3-pt. quick-connect attachment that I could connect to the tractor’s skid steer-style loader attachment, but they cost $600 to $1,000 depending on the size and brand. I spent a total of less than $200. I bought the Harbor Freight quick hitch on sale for $89. I paid about $50 for the steel plate, $10 for the 2 5/16-in. ball. The welder charged me $50.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steven Rios, 3802 Dunstain St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78410 (ph 361 537-6039; sgrios@yahoo.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4