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Gooseneck Adapter For 3-Pt Hitch
Until he came up with a way to adapt his tractor's 3 pt. hitch to pull a gooseneck trailer, Tennessee farmer Wendell Ingram felt he spent too much time and money hauling hay.
"It always tied up one of my trucks and I had to hire a driver," says Ingram, who hauls 500 5 1/2 by 6-ft. bales a year. "Now I can haul 80 bales 1/4 mile in four hours by my-self. That's a 30% increase in efficiency because I'm able to pull my flatbed with my tractor."
Ingram made a ball hitch adapter for his tractor 3-pt. hitch. It consists of an 18-in. length of 3 in. box tubing 3/4-in. thick, a standard Cat. #2 drawbar, and a 2 5/16-in. ball hitch. Components are welded together in an upside down "T" configuration. Gus-sets on top of the adapter attach to the top link with a cotter pin, while the drawbar attaches to its arms. The adapter attaches to the 3-pt. in about 30 seconds.
Ingram uses the adapter to hook his Deere 2640 up to the gooseneck of his 18 by 8 ft. flatbed. He pulls the flatbed to the field, unhooks it, and loads it with a Bush Hog quick-tach bale spear mounted on front of the tractor. The loaded flatbed holds 9 bales and Ingram carries a tenth on the spear. "I made it two years ago and it really works slick," says Ingram, whose out-of-pocket expenses were about $50. "All my neighbors have one of these for their 3-pt's by this time, too."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wendell C. Ingram, 3101 Fayetteville Hwy., Pulaski, Tenn. 38478 (ph 615 363-4930).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #2