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Hydraulic-Powered Hitch Adapter
Rodney Tollefson, Greenbush, Minn.: “The Eterra 3-Pt. Skid Steer Adapter has been an important tool for me and my business, Double XL Trophy Whitetails.
  “With its pto drive, it lets me use my snowblower on my T650 Bobcat compact track loader. Front mounted, the snowblower works better than it ever did mounted to my 3720 Deere. Even with front mounts on the tractor, I wouldn’t have the tilt control I do with the Bobcat.
  “The adapter has a 55 hp. hydraulic motor with integrated 1 3/8-in. pto shaft. The lift arms can be equipped with Cat 0, I or II 3-pt. links.
  “We get a lot of snow, and it builds up in the deer pens. I have to go around the inside perimeter to blow the snow away or I start to lose the height of the fence. Also, the deer will pack down the snow walking the perimeter. With the adapter, I can tip the blower blades down to cut into the hard stuff or slide over the top of the ground. I can also get in closer to the fence than I could backing up with the tractor.
  “We have trophy hunting into January, and we need to cut trails through the hunting preserve. The adapter lets me lift the blower up to go part way through 6-ft. drifts, then back up, lower it and do the rest. I couldn’t cut trails as well with my tractor.
  “I’ve also used it with my spin spreader for spreading seed and fertilizer inside the deer pens. With it out in front, it pushes the material into the dirt.
  “Switching between pto-driven attachments is easy. The hydraulic motor on the adapter has adjustable brackets. You can loosen it up and vary the position to line up the pto shaft without any sharp angles.
  “I searched the internet for skid steer adapters and found Eterra. At about $2,395 with no shipping in the continental U.S., the motorized skid steer adapter is a really good buy.”

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