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02-16-2014 14:39:45

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I picked up this plow last year and I was getting ready to work on it and I have a ? about the hitch. How does this work when you catch a rock? I will be using a tractor with a foot clutch and not a hand clutch J.D. Will I have to get a different hitch for the plow or what. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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Bob Collins

02-17-2014 11:15:59

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 Re: JOHN DEERE TRAILER PLOW in reply to S2710, 02-16-2014 14:39:45  
Everybody has good info here, with a bit more thought and research, my suggestion is to get a different hitch assembly, one of the safety release hitches AND breakaway hydraulic couplings IF you are likely to encounter any rocks etc. that may cause damage. The hitch you have now is intended to be used with a hand clutch tractor and clutch release mechanism as mentioned by others it is called a "Cushion Hitch" by John Deere and just needs a clevis. You may successfully use this hitch and never have a problem if you don't hit anything really hard or if you are not plowing too fast. If you know your ground and are comfortable it is rock free, go for it.

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02-17-2014 03:33:57

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 Re: JOHN DEERE TRAILER PLOW in reply to S2710, 02-16-2014 14:39:45  
Thank you everyone. When I get her done I will be pulling it with a Farmall H. We will see how this combo goes one might be fighting the other. LOL


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53 super H

02-16-2014 19:48:25

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 Re: JOHN DEERE TRAILER PLOW in reply to S2710, 02-16-2014 14:39:45  
Plows with that type of hitch could be very painful for people using the old JD with hand clutch. So many people with banged up knees.

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02-16-2014 15:13:28

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 Re: JOHN DEERE TRAILER PLOW in reply to S2710, 02-16-2014 14:39:45  
that hitch is ready to go just get a twisted clevis for it is all you have to do. clevis goes behind that bolt in hitch. the springs compress when you hit something solid. foot clutch or hand clutch makes no difference. the newer plows have trip beams instead of those heavy springs in hitch. when you hit some thing solid the whole beam trips out of the ground. then have to back up to reset it. then the newer yet just trip and reset themselves.

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02-16-2014 16:50:01

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 Re: JOHN DEERE TRAILER PLOW in reply to rustred, 02-16-2014 15:13:28  
I have a similar hitch on my JD 66 4-14 plow. The springs take up the shock if you hit something. I would use it as is just as Rustred suggested. I also have this exact hitch on my F620 4-16 plow with trip bottoms. Have never had a bottom trip with this hitch. The original F620 hitch had no springs and this hitch helps take up the shock if you hit a stone. I have never broken a plow share with these hitches, but I don't have many stones in my land. Al

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Bob Collins

02-16-2014 14:47:06

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 Re: JOHN DEERE TRAILER PLOW in reply to S2710, 02-16-2014 14:39:45  
John Deere used several types of hitch, but most would compress a spring enough to allow the hitch to release the tractor when an obstruction was encountered. Hand or foot clutch was not important. If you have a hydraulic lift plow, there MAY have been a device to disengage the (hand) clutch to stop the tractor and save the hydraulic hoses. It would help to know exactly what you have.

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02-16-2014 14:42:40

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 Re: JOHN DEERE TRAILER PLOW in reply to S2710, 02-16-2014 14:39:45  

Here is a picture.

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Carlyle Hoffman

02-16-2014 15:37:31

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 Re: JOHN DEERE TRAILER PLOW in reply to S2710, 02-16-2014 14:42:40  
That plow has the COMPRESSION hitch on it. It was designed to pull the 2 cyl tractor hand clutch back when hitting an obstruction in the field, such as a large unmovable rock or maybe a stump left over from clearing land . There is a CAST 3" wheel a small chain about 4 ft long and several other pieces missing that correctly attach this plow to a tractor,especially a 2 cyl JD.The pin or bolt you show in the plow hitch jaw was to have a bolt and nut for attaching to a clevis or the tractor draw bar it self. Advertise for the correct parts if you feel you would like to have them and fellows on this site will respond having the needed items for sale. This type plow hitch was never intended to come unhitched from the tractor while in operation.

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Bob Collins

02-16-2014 14:50:31

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 Re: JOHN DEERE TRAILER PLOW in reply to S2710, 02-16-2014 14:42:40  
Oh, that is a 44H plow, you will need a cylinder to raise it and breakaway couplings for the hoses if the plow releases. I hink there might be something missing from the hitch itself, a parts catalog will help you see what you need. View it for free at

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