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Modernized Farmall Tractor
"I bought an old IH Farmall B tractor for $250 at a farm sale. It runs great but it didn't have hydraulics, a 3-pt. or a wide front end. I decided to add them," says Sherman Marlow, Tamaroa, Ill.
To add hydraulics, Marlow took a hydraulic motor off an old combine at a junkyard. The motor measures 4 by 5 in. and fits compactly at the rear of the tractor. He fastened a 4-in. pulley to the motor and a 16-in. dia. pulley to the tractor pto belt to drive the hydraulics. He also installed a 2-gal. oil reservoir.
To make the 3-pt., he simply mounted two flat-iron brackets on the drawbar and a 2-way hydraulic cylinder on the back of the tractor to act as the top link.
Implements pivot on the two lower brackets and are raised by the cylinder. Marlow uses a blade, boompole, mower and wood splitter on back. Hydraulic outlets on the pump power hydraulic equipment.
"It has the maneuverability of a small tractor, yet it has the hydraulic power of a much bigger machine," says Marlow who built the tractor's wide front-end with various pieces of scrap iron. "I've added 3-pts. to lots of tractors in my neighborhood. Many of them have worked successfully for years."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Sherman E. Marlow, Rt. 2, Box 245B, Tamaroa, Ill. 62888.

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3