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Slick Way To Front Mount Plow On Older Deere Tractor
Power lift rocker shafts that were de-signed to raise and lower cultivators, plows, planters and other attachments on many older Deere tractors can be used to front-mount snowplows, according to a Michigan farmer.
Eugene Johnson, of Rapid River, mounted an 8 ft., 9 in. blade on the front of his 1943 Deere "A". The plow is mounted on a frame that's attached to the power lift nicker shafts. "With the pto on and the clutch engaged, you depress eitherpedal under the seat and the plow lifts and stays in the up position until it is again tripped to lower it to the ground," says Johnson.
He made his own rocker shaft arms using two 12-in. long sections of 2 1/2-in. sq. tubing. The long lift arms were made of 1 1/8-in. dia. reinforcing rod with a 1 1/
4-in. length of water pipe slipped over it to add additional strength.
"To get lifting action on the plow, I mounted a 3 by 3 1/2 by 1/4 in. angle iron to the front of the tractor using existing boltholes. I mounted a 1 1/2-in. dia. shaft to this to hold the 90? offset arms that are linked by a length of chain to the push arms on the plow. The upper part of the 90? arms are 12-in. lengths of 2 1/2-in. sq. tubing while the lower arms are 5 by 1 1/ 4 by 1 1/4 by 1/4-in. channel iron, 18 in. long with two 1/2-in. rod braces. These lift arms easily raise the plow. There are "T" slots in the lower 18-in. arms so the length of the chain can be adjusted. There are also chains on either side attached to the frame of the tractor at the base of the
radiator to prevent side sway when plowing.
"The push arms on the plow are 2 1/2-in. sq. tubing mounted on a 1-in. dia. cross shaft mounted under the tractor at about the point where the engine meets the transmission. Existing boltholes on the frame make it a convenient spot to mount braces that support the shaft. I also had to build special brackets at the front to mount the blade on the push arms.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Eugene G. Johnson, 8290 27.4 Lane, Rapid River, Mich. 49878 (ph 906 474-6932).

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