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Re: Probably a stupid drawbar question

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Tom OConnor

05-19-2014 20:56:11

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This is not a stupid question by any means. It is one of the most important adjustments you can make to enhance the performance of a tractor and to save on repair costs. In most all implement manuals their will be a section on the proper way to position the drawbar. Years ago many implements were pulled at there working depth for the entire field and it was very important to let the drawbar swing as to make turning in loose soil easier and to give the hitch a little more room before the tire got to the radius rods to the clevis. More modern times the offset was needed for proper alignment for PTO work and length adjustment was also added for different implements. You can always find the measurement for the draw pin below and behind the end of the pto shaft in these manuals. Also be aware that 1000 and 540 rpm pto equipment the settings will sometimes be different especially in the length adjustment. For an example a modern day grain cart will have you shorten up the drawbar to minimize the stress the drawbar has to take with such a tremendous weight that gets transfered to the rear of the tractor.
You want to be very sure that when the tractor and implement goes through a dip that the PTO shaft has plenty of room to telescope freely without bottoming out and it also has plenty of lap when going over a hump. I heard a air traffic controller once say he would much rather be asked a dumb question than have somebody make a dumb mistake. Good question and I hope this helps. Tom

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