2016 - Volume #40, Issue #3, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Patented Wrench Makes PTO Hookups Easier
The Piketon, Ohio, farmer started working on a prototype at age 75 after purchasing a Deere 6230 tractor in 2009 that had a pto shaft, which was much harder to turn than his older tractor. It took a good 20 min. to turn the shaft and line up his baler before he was hooked up and ready to go to work.
“Now I can hook up in just 10 seconds with this wrench,” Noel says. “It turns the pto shaft with enough leverage to line it up to the implement. I’ve sold quite a few in the area.”
The Y-shaped wrench is about 5 in. long and has a thumbscrew to tighten it on the shaft. He turns the wrench handle to line the pto shaft up with the splines on the driveshaft of a baler, bushhog or other piece of equipment. Once the implement is on, the thumbscrew is loosened and the wrench removed.
Noel said he tested the prototype in 2010 to make sure it worked well before he applied for a patent. He began the patent process in 2011 and was issued a full patent (#9,009,943) 3 years later.
Noel had some wrenches manufactured and has them for sale at $25 each (plus shipping), but is more interested in selling his patent to a manufacturer. Contact him for more information.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roy Noel, 14 Dutch Run Rd., Piketon, Ohio 45661 (ph 740 289-2851; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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