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Hydraulic 3-Pt Top Link
"My add-on adaptor mounts on a tractor 3-pt. hitch and lets me adjust the top arm hydraulically from the driver's seat," says Darwin Reyne, Rushmore, Minn., whose "Hitch-Matic" recently received top "new invention" honors at a Midwest equipment show.
The hydraulic-adjust link arm consists of a hydraulic cylinder and a steel bracket plate that bolt to a 3-pt. quick-hitch frame. The top end of the bracket is pinned to the top arm and the bottom end is pinned to the 3-pt.'s top link. The hydraulic cylinder forces the top arm up or down causing the 3-pt. hitch to pivot back and forth.
"Without a hydraulic-adjust system you often have to get on and off the tractor several times before the top arm is set right," says Reyne, who's testing prototypes and hopes to bring his "Hitch-Matic" system to market soon. "Another problem is that today's heavy machinery puts so much pressure on the top arm that it often can't be adjusted unless you raise or lower the entire quick hitch. My Hitch-Matic link arm eliminates getting on and off the tractor to mount, unmount or adjust 3-pt. mounted implements. It also allows you to adjust the 3-pt. hitch on-the-go. For example, if you want to cultivate deeper, simply move the hydraulic control lever to change the cultivator's pitch."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Darwin Reyne, Rt. 1, Box 51, Rushmore, Minn. 56158 (ph 507 478-4213).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4