Posted by mkirsch on December 05, 2012 at 07:02:16 from (188.8.131.52):
In Reply to: UK built Farmalls posted by MJ in the UK on December 04, 2012 at 09:33:59:
MJ, I really hope there are no hard feelings. You seem to be taking it as an insult when it was a simple question.
Multiple factors behind why you didn't see a factory 3pt on a US Farmall until 1963-ish... Patent licensing fees being a major factor, and possibly the primary one.
We had Fast Hitch through the 1950's, and it wasn't like IH was the only company trying to come up with alternatives to 3pt... Case Eagle Hitch, or Allis Snap Coupler anyone? I don't think Deere even bothered; they just waited for the patent to run out.
Keep in mind that 3pt was not an industry standard until the early 1960's. It was another custom proprietary hitch system just like any of the others.
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