Skid Steer Arm Hitch Moves Equipment Easily

Harlen Grovom packs away equipment the easy way with his hydraulic arm-equipped skid steer. He even uses it to start troublesome tractors.

 

     Its easy to push tractors, trailers, and even 4-wheel wagons into place, says Grovom.

Grovom used a 5-ft. length of 2 by 4-in. steel tubing for the arm. One end pivots at the lower edge of a quick attach plate on his skid steer. A hydraulic cylinder also is based at the bottom of the plate. Its 8-in. rod attaches to the arm about 2 ft. from the plate.

 

     The length of the arm and the cylinder moving left and right provide a lot of steering, says Grovom. They allow me to easily direct the drawbar of a wagon when backing up the wagon or other trailing equipment.

 

     A 3-ft. length of steel strap is attached at a pivot point at the top of the plate. It extends down to the arm to keep it perpendicular to the plate and adds stability. If I tilt the plate more than I should, it can bend the arm, says Grovom. The strap stiffens up the connections.

 

     Grovom has used the quick attach plate and arm on a tractor loader as well. It works, but not as well as on the skid steer, he says. I put all types of equipment away with it, including drills, balers, and planters. I just hook it up and drive, pushing the equipment ahead of me.

 

     Grovom says the hitch comes in handy at tractor shows and pushing tractors at home. I made a bumper on the end of the arm to push tractors to start them, he says. Its safer than pulling with a chain or cable. I just push them, and they take off and drive away.

 

     Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harlen Grovom, 12643 Highway 17, Park River, N.D. 58270 (ph 701-331-0169).