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3pt type hitch versions

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03-04-2013 07:47:49

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At the small show our club did last week all "knock off" 3pt systems were represented. My 630 had the eagle hitch, there was an AC WD45 there with the AC Quick hitch. The Framall 300 row crop and utility had the IH Fast Hitch and the 200 had the 1 pt version of the fast hitch.

No one brought a Ford or Ferguson even though several guys in our club have them. Would have been nice to have all represented but most of the lookers probably wouldn't have noticed or known anyway.

I was looking at them and thinking how versatile the Eagle hitch really was. The others would not couple to the Ferguson style tools without adapters but the Eagle hitch would connect to 90% or more of any Ferguson type 3pt equipment with only reversing the hitch pins or maybe no change. The only thing I am not sure would work right would be a 3pt plow since the Ford/Ferguson hitch floated a little left/right where as the Eagle hitch plow itself was designed to float a bit from side to side.

Sorry for the long post, just an observation I made seeing them all side by side on Saturday.


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03-04-2013 16:36:55

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 Re: 3pt type hitch versions in reply to Jgarner, 03-04-2013 07:47:49  
I grew up with a Case 311b with eagle hitch.The only Case equipment we had for it was the Case 190 loader and mounted 2 row cultivators.We used grampa's 2-14 deere plows,our 6' Bush hog brand bushog,our Holland 2 row transplanter and many other 3 pt implements on it. In my opinion out of all of the different systems made to skirt around the ferguson patents the eagle hitch was the best,because you can use most all 3 point implements with little or no modifications. Over the years we have done several things to make other manufacturers 3 pt implements work on the eagle hitch,from shimming the eagle hitch arms on my 401 so my land pride box blade would fit and turning pins around on some implements.I had to weld extentions onto my dearborn rear cultivators so that my DC's eagle hitch arms had enough room to latch on.

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03-04-2013 10:02:37

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 Re: 3pt type hitch versions in reply to Jgarner, 03-04-2013 07:47:49  
The early Eagle Hitch plows didn't have any provision for plow movement and they worked just fine. In most cases the pulled more straight than later ones.

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Christopher Mikesell

03-04-2013 17:05:32

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 Re: 3pt type hitch versions in reply to casecollectorsc, 03-04-2013 10:02:37  
Yes, most of the eagle hitch plows that were sold with VACs did not have any swivel on them. However, I would be hesitant to just use any random plow that I happened to find without first checking it out on a regular 3-point to make sure that it was set right and would plow straight. An incorrectly adjusted, worn, or farmerized plow can put a large side load on the eagle hitch arms. If this happens on a normal 3-point, then the plow will just swing to one side or the other and the problem will be obvious. It is not so obvious on an eagle hitch.

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03-04-2013 10:55:29

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 Re: 3pt type hitch versions in reply to casecollectorsc, 03-04-2013 10:02:37  
Glad to know that. We had an early 50s 3btm BER and a 60s 5 btm MA later and they both had a bar that slid side to side a bit. If the early 3pt plows didn't then I can use any brand 3 pt (rather have Case though). I was afraid that a ridgid hitch plow may overstress my draft arms and attachment portion on the tractor. Thanks for that info. The Case BE, BER, MA and MTAs are hard to find now. When I do run across one they area long way from me. I would like to have an MA or MTA as that matchs my 630 vintage better but the BER is a fine plow too.


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Don Rudolph

03-04-2013 08:19:28

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 Re: 3pt type hitch versions in reply to Jgarner, 03-04-2013 07:47:49  

I have never plowed with an Eagle Hitch mounted plow, but I really liked using them for cultivating corn. The fact that they didn"t sway back and forth meant the cultivator stayed in place on the row much better than a regullar 3 point setup. Don

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