1990 - Volume #14, Issue #6, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Hold-Down Springs for 3-Pt Hitch ArmsStopping 3-pt. hitch arms from flopping around seems like it would be an easy problem to solve but a Minnesota manufacturer who's come up with his own hold-down springs says that for some reason most tractor manufacturers have ignored the problem.
Doug Quast of Gaylord has just gone into production on hold-down springs that completely stop noisy hitch arm flop when no implement is hooked to the tractor. The springs mount out of the way under the hitch arms.
"I've seen all kinds of solutions to this problem including tarp straps, car springs, rope, and wire. None of them work as well as these springs and they're out of the way. I've had one set out for three years and the farmer loves them. They work so well we're starting to sell them," says Quast.
When the hitch is raised, it tightens the springs, holding the arms against the wear blocks. When lowered, the springs release so you can move the arms back and forth freely without fighting the springs.
The springs are 8 in. long and 1 1/2 in. dia. and attach in place in minutes with no drill-. ing required. The universal brackets fit all Deere tractors from 1960 to current models as well as most White and Allis Chalmers models. Quast says he can adapt the brackets to fit most other models with the problem. A set of springs sells for less than $40.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Doug Quast, Gaylord, Minn.
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