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Many Uses For New-Style Hitch
That farmer-invented Vari-Pol hitch we told you about in the last issue of FARM SHOW is now being produced and marketed nationally.
Since our report, inventor Ralph Christensen, of Badger, S. Dak., has finalized arrangements with the Binkley Co., Warrenton, Mo. What was initially called the Vari-Pol hitch has been revamped slightly and is being manufactured and marketed nationally as the "Bink Hitch".
Six models being offered initially include: The model 1000 for Deere 7000 planters; model 1100 for IH 400 Cyclo planters; model 2100 for a single drill; model 2200 for pulling two drills; and model 2300 for pulling three grain drills side by side. For drills, maximum operating width is 24 ft., which can be made up of two 12 ft, drills, three 8 ft. drills, or any other combination so long as it's within the 24 ft. maximum for total width.
All models are available in 15 or 17 ft, lengths and are made of 4 by 6 in. steel tubing (1/a in. thick). Vertical "stems" of various configurations, depending on the type of machine being pulled and the type of hookup used, bolt to the horizontal bar. This allows one horizontal bar to be used interchangeably on several pieces of equipment.
Ball hitches at the "tractor end" can be mounted on top of the tractor's 3 pt. hitch, or on the piece of equipment being towed directly behind the tractor, depending on the type of equipment being used.
The arched-type Bink Hitch allows you to "turn on a dime" for maximum maneuverability. It's also designed so planters or drills can be easily backed up to trucks or hoppers for easy reloading. For wing-type disks, the "arch" is high enough to clear the wings when in the raised position. The hookup adapts to diggers, cultivators, rotary hoes and other implements, allowing you to plant or drill back and forth, or around fields.
Other key advantages of the Bink Hitch include:
. It eliminates one trip over the field.
. Because of its maneuverability, it cuts down on the amount of "head land" area needed at the field ends.
• Equipment hitched directly to the rear of the tractor via the Bink Hitch "trails perfectly with no seesaw action," according to the manufacturer.  '
• The hitch can be unbolted for easy, compact storage during the off-season.
• Hydraulic and other lines between the tractor and rear implement are threaded inside the hollow horizontal bar for protection.
Suggested retail price ranges from $450 to $650, depending on length and the type of vertical "stems" required for each particular hookup.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, The Binkley Company, Transportation Products Division, Warrenton, Mo. 63383 (ph 314 456-3455).

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