2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Heavy-Duty Drill Hitch Ideal For Roller
“The hitch is designed to match the height of the drill frame,” explains the younger Adelmeyer. “We just did one where we had to drop the hitch height a couple of feet from the drill frame. The main beam on the drill was about 4 ft. off the ground, and the owner wanted the hitch at 20 in.”
While the design may change, the heavy-duty nature stays the same. All members are made with 1/4-in. thick steel except for the actual hitch plate, which is 3/4-in. A 4-ft. long, 4 by 4 or 4 by 8-in. channel iron beam (depending on the drill) extends perpendicular from the main support beam on the drill to a vertical faceplate where the hitch plate mounts. The faceplate varies in length depending on how much drop is needed.
Gussets reinforce the joint between the beam and faceplate, while 2 by 4 or 4 by 4-in. channel irons angle back from the sides of the drill’s rear cross frame to reinforce the faceplate at the hitch. A fourth channel iron beam adds vertical support over the hitch’s main beam from the top of the faceplate to an upper cross member on the drill.
“We do whatever is needed to stiffen and reinforce the hitch,” says Adelmeyer. “All the connecting members end in flanges so the hitch can be unbolted as needed.”
Hitches vary in cost from $700 to $1,000, depending on the drill and modifications needed. A recent job where the customer provided all the steel came in at only $440.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Adelmeyer Welding Services, 1025 N. Water St., Lomira, Wis. 53048 (ph 920 269-4357).
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