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Tired 3-Pt. Gets Added Support
Simple ideas are the best, and you can’t get any simpler than Bernard Smith’s solution for his Bush Hog bottoming out on his Allis WD. A couple of feet of a 4-in. sq. post was all it took.
“The hydraulic pump on the WD is weak, and the lift is really sensitive,” says Smith. “It’s either all the way up or down and all the way down is too far for the mower. It’s hard to keep it in one spot.”
After lifting his Bush Hog, Smith bolted the 4 by 4 to the hitch. When the arms lower, they rest on the 4 by 4.
“They lower to just the right height for mowing,” says Smith. “It’s still easy to lift if I’m going over a stump and then drop back down onto the 4 by 4.”
Smith says the weight of the rotary mower holds the 4 by 4 in place. When he wants to detach the mower, he simply lifts it up and unbolts the 4 by 4.
The support wasn’t the first alteration to hydraulics on the WD. Since WDs weren’t equipped with a 3-pt. hitch, Smith and his son rigged one up using lift arms from a Deere 2010. They attached them to the WD rock shaft with leveling arms.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bernard Smith, P.O. Box 26, Madison, Fla. 32340 (ph 850-973-6293; bernardsmith2016s@gmail.com).

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