1985 - Volume #9, Issue #5, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Two way push pull cultivator hitch
Advantages cited by Fratzke for front-mounting the cultivator include better visibility, it's easier to cultivate hillsides and curves, and you can put a mulcher or anhydrous tank on the back of the tractor for doing two jobs at once.
The steel hitch he designed bolts to the cultivator toolbar. It includes a 3-pt. hookup off the front so you can still put the cultivator on the back of the tractor if desired.
Fratzke says his hitch will fit any commercial front 3-pt. hitch, including one he's developed. Fratzke says his 3-pt. costs about half of what others sell for because it's simpler and doesn't have rocker arms, shaft or linkage.
It bolts to the tractor frame and uses two hydraulic cylinders, powered off the tractor's hydraulics, to lift. Franzke notes that the 3-pt. has the same height range as rear 3-pt. and has 8,000 lbs. lift capacity. Sells for $1,500.
For more information on the cultivator hitch or 3-pt. hitch, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, K&M Mfg., Renville, Minn. 56284 (ph toll free 800 328-1752; in Minn. call 800 992-1702).
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