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4 - Some implements use a chain for the top
1 - Various im
d to a tractor.
3 - Attaching implement top link to tractor.
implements to tractor 3PL arms
By JOHN HUGHES
THE humble tractor is only as useful as
the implements you attach to it. The
ability to quickly and easily change
implements makes the small acreage tractor
far more versatile for the average hobby
The following will show how to make light
work of changing implements.
Implements can be broken into three types --
h e pointlnkag
s: This is the
most basic kind of connection and simply
enables implements to be raised and lowered.
Some examples would be a carry all, grader
blade and a ripper.
connect ons This involves
connecting to a rotating shaft on the tractor,
which drives implements such as a slasher,
rotary hoe or posthole digger. PTO-driven
implements are usually also attached to the
onn t ons This involves con-
necting a hydraulically-driven implement to
the tractor hydraulics using hoses and cou-
plings. Some examples would be a wood split-
ter, tipping trailer and a backhoe.
When connecting and disconnecting imple-
ments, it is best to work on firm level ground.
Implements are very heavy. Be careful in
handling them to avoid personal injury.
Dismantling implements into smaller parts
can be done quickly and easily to make them
easier to handle.
Some implements can be unstable while
being disconnected or after they are discon-
nected. Always handle them carefully to avoid
them tipping over.
Always leave the tractor in a safe state when
getting off it to connect/disconnect/adjust
implements -- disengage the PTO, turn the
engine off and apply the hand brake.
PTO shafts rotate very quickly and can cause
severe injury because of entanglement. Never
allow anyone to go near an operating PTO and
ensure it is correctly guarded.
Hydraulic systems operate under high pres-
sure. Never attempt to connect or disconnect
hydraulic fittings under pressure.
Always turn the engine off when working
with hydraulic connections.
In this example we are using a grader blade,
but the same principles would apply to many
implements. Start the tractor and reverse it
towards the implement, ensuring the tractor is
square to the implement.
Raise or lower the height of the lower link-
age arms to match the height of the implement
mounting points using the tractor hydraulic
It may also be necessary to adjust the width
between the two lower arms to accommodate
the width of the implement. This is done by
turning the sway chain adjusters to create
more or less free play.
Implements make tractors 'work'
Same connection principles apply to many
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