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Third Arm Speeds 3-Pt. Hitching
Irish farmer Philip Dickson knows the hassles of hooking up a 3-pt. hitch, so he gave himself a remote third arm. The Third Arm is a linear actuator that drops over the lift arms and moves them closer together or farther apart as needed, all from inside the cab.
“It reduces the risk of putting someone in the crush zone between the tractor and the implement and saves time,” says Dickson. “You have full lift arm control from the safety of the cab via remote control.”
The Third Arm plugs into a 3-pin, 12-volt outlet standard on European tractors since 2000. Once the operator has completed hookup to the implement, the device can be removed, while the operator or helper connects a pto or top link.
The device can be mechanically adjusted nearly 6 in. to match different category hitches.
“The current configuration can handle Category 1, 2 and 3 hitches, but could easily be modified for Cat 4,” says Dickson.
Over the past 3 years it has won multiple awards for innovation. After several years of development, The Third Arm is close to entering full production. Dickson is collaborating with a number of manufacturers, with a plan to mass produce it for sale in Ireland and Europe.
“Our plan is to introduce it to the North American market using one of our manufacturing partners,” says Dickson.
A suggested retail price for The Third Arm has not been confirmed yet, due to rising costs of raw materials and shipping.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, The Third Arm, Hall Road, Moate, Co. Westmeath Ireland (hello@thethirdarm.com; www.thethirdarm.com).

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