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Semi Hitch Shuttle Farm Equipment
Farmers who need to shuttle big equipment quickly and don’t have a tractor handy can use a semi-tractor for the job by adding a versatile Retriever® hitch from Bestway Manufacturing.
  Dave Benson, Marketing Director at Bestway, says a Retriever can be mounted on a semi tractor in about 5 min. so the rig can easily pull a large planter, tillage equipment, grain cart or fertilizer applicator. Its towing capacity is rated at 35,000 lbs.
  “We made the Retriever rugged and versatile because farmers need that for the big equipment they’re working with these days.” Benson says. It has a 6 by 10-in. structural steel main beam with a reinforced mounting system. The 1,700-lb. lift mast mounts securely to a semi-tractor fifth wheel receiver with a plate and kingpin. It matches semi-tractor plate heights from 5 1/4 to 10 1/4 in. and adjusts 8 in. fore and aft. Bestway supplies chains and binders to wrap around a truck frame and cinch the Retriever in place.
  Benson says the Retriever will carry 12,000 lbs. on the drawbar using receivers for Cat .II and Cat. III hitches. Optional Cat. III or Cat. IV removable drawbars with a 2-in. pin are also available. A drop pin hammerstrap allows easy implement hookup. Set up as a 2-point mast, which Benson says is ideal for large planters, the Retriever can lift an implement hitch up to 40 in. off the ground. The two-point lift capacity is 16,000 lbs.
  Hydraulic power to operate the lifting mechanism comes from either a 12-volt hydraulic power pack or a Wet Kit that’s ready to plumb into a semi with those lines available. The 12-volt system has a deep cell battery and charging system that plugs into a semi’s trailer light receptacle. The battery and charger mounts in a weather-proof enclosure with a removable lid. The enclosed box is also on Wet Kit models where it serves as a tool or storage box.
  The Retriever is operated with a dual function remote control that raises and lowers it and controls the hydraulic outlets. It has DOT approved LED lights and a 7-pin light plug. A heavy-duty lift hook is welded to the top of the mast for removing and installing it. Bestway sells the Retriever direct from its factory priced at $7,395 for the Wet Kit Model and $7,795 for the 12-volt model, shipping extra.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dave Benson, Bestway Inc., 2021 Iowa St., Hiawatha, Kan. 66434 (ph 785 742-2949; www.RetrieverTH.com).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2