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How do I keep my 3-point hitch from swinging laterally ?

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07-20-2000 20:31:24

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How do I keep my 3-point hitch on my International 404 from swinging laterally while brushogging ? I have read that you can use a Lateral stabilizer, but where do you get one. Also is it preferable do let your brush hog move sideway a little, or should it be solid. My neibor has an 8N ford and he uses the stabilizers. Any help would be appreciated.

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07-20-2000 22:43:07

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 Re: How do I keep my 3-point hitch from swinging laterally ? in reply to Adam, 07-20-2000 20:31:24  

The easiest way to control the lateral swing of the implement is to use a chain on each pull arm of the 3-pt. hitch. The chain can be attached to the fender bolts by using a mounting bracket and secured to the outside of each arm. The chain should be either 5/16" or 3/8". For best results, the angle of the chain to the pull arm should not exceed 45 degrees as the larger pull angle will not reduce the lateral swing. The length of each chain should be equal. I would assume that you are only using CAT. 1 implements. The length of the chains should allow each pull arm to swing inward to be able to hook up and install the lynch pins on the narrowest hitch. Before hooking up to an implement, check the minimum width of the pull arms at the bottom and top of the lift cylinder stroke. By using the chains, the 3-pt. hitch will allow limited side movement of the implements. Some of the aftermarket 3-pt hitches do not have provisions to adequately limit the lateral movement.


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07-21-2000 20:48:52

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 Re: Re: How do I keep my 3-point hitch from swinging laterally ? in reply to Medfarm, 07-20-2000 22:43:07  
Thanks Ray, for your imformation and time. I am greatful that so many tractor lovers take time too help one another. Isn,t the Internet great !
I am using CAT 1 implements and currently have, (what I assume are factory) chains attached to the pull arms of my 3-point hitch. The problum is that when I adjust them to reduce lateral swing I cannot lift my hitch all the way. Is this normal ? Adam

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07-22-2000 06:04:49

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 Re: Re: Re: How do I keep my 3-point hitch from swinging laterally ? in reply to Adam, 07-21-2000 20:48:52  
Adam: Your last question about limited lift caused by the chains means that you could pick a better location for attachment of the chains. The attachment should be near or at the PIVOT points or at least in a side to side alignment to those pivot points. That will not tighten or loosen the chain as the lift is raised or lowered. Refer to some of your high school math classes in trig or vector analysis.. Have another person take a look too as somtimes one can't spot the problem untill another person explaines it. good luck. harvey

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