Boost 3-Pt Lift Capacity
Wesley Lindstrom, Currie, Minn., has an idea for increasing the lift capacity of tractor 3-pt. hitches. "We were told by other farmers that our 4010 Deere tractor wouldn't lift a Tye drill with the seed box full of beans. While lifting the drill empty, we noticed that we were using only 1/2 the available movement of the 3-pt. control levers, so here's what we did: We added a 9-in. extension to the lift linkage and put a 1 1/8-in. dia. hole in the bottom end (see drawing). We now lift on the same pin that the drill mounts on. This small design change increased our tractor's lift capacity by about 40% and lifts the drill to the same height, yet lets it go all the way down. We've used it like this for three years and some of our neighbors have tried it, too."
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