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05-11-2006 12:09:04

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How does an eagle hitch differ from a regular 3 pt. hitch? Can I run regular 3 pt. attachments such as a mower on an eagle hitch equipped tractor?

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05-12-2006 21:41:42

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 Re: Eagle Hitch Questions in reply to Engineer20, 05-11-2006 12:09:04  
I added 3" to the draft arms on one of my 1952 VAC adj. WF tractors equipped with 11.2 - 28 rear tires and it works good with an over-running clutch hooked to a 5ft. King Kutter without excess PTO shaft angularity. The rigid mount of the draft arms can be REAL frustrating (as in: loosening the axle to draft arm mounts in ordert to spread the width a bit) when mounting some non-CASE implements and I plan on replacing the Eagle draft arms with ball-end arms and outboard sway chains soon. Some guys like the original setup because, if the implement matches, you can hook up without getting off the tractor but that is rare unless you have all Case implements. Some operations (such as 'marking' fields for furrow irrigation) NEED to have draft arm movement to let the implement follow straight without trasmitting every bit of direction change caused by ruts and the like.

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Eric Parkhurst

06-29-2006 06:22:51

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 Re: Eagle Hitch Questions in reply to mj, 05-12-2006 21:41:42  
I am having a similar problem with my 1959 Case 710B. I have the eagle hitch draft arms and,not knowing alot about tractors, I assumed a 3 point hitch was a three point hitch. I rented a posthole digger last weekend to drill 65 holes and the pins on the post hole digger would not match up with the width of my eagle hitch draft arms. Th inner pins (cat 1 hitch??) were to narrow and the outer pins (cat 2 hitch??) were too wide. The width on my draft arms are a fixed 30" wide from outside of hook to outside of hook. After looking for a width adjustment it became clear that the arms were fixed and not able to be moved. Could you explain (in detail if you could) to me what you had to do to add the 3" to your draft arms? I also thought about changing over to the newer style draft arms but not sure if I would be able to mount them up where the original arms are. Any help from anybody would be a great help. Eric Parkhurst

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05-12-2006 10:43:07

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 Re: Eagle Hitch Questions in reply to Engineer20, 05-11-2006 12:09:04  
Most cat I implements will work. I had to turn one of the lower pins in on my bushhog to use it on the DC. Drive shaft angle is steep but not a real problem just keep it greased. 3 point blade was another story. I couldnt turn a pin in so I made adapter brackets that work well.

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05-12-2006 09:23:22

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 Re: Eagle Hitch Questions in reply to Engineer20, 05-11-2006 12:09:04  
you can hook up most all your 3 point equipment to it. Watch your power take off angles real close as you may see some issues depending on equipment and terrain. you will need to get you some large washers to put on you 3point pins to the outside of the eagle hit to help insure you keeper pins don't try to pull thru. used this similair set up many times with the blade and in the garden with a plow, cultivator, and disc

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Don Rudolph

05-11-2006 13:28:22

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 Re: Eagle Hitch Questions in reply to Engineer20, 05-11-2006 12:09:04  
There are a couple of differences. An Eagle hitch has no side to side movement-just straight up and down. This was great for cultivating, but can make it hard to hook up implements. The Eagle hitch does not have any draft control, so it takes more tractor to pull the same number of plow bottoms as some other brands. Some implements work fine and some dont. For example, rotary brushcutters (like Bush hog)have a very low mounted gear box and Case tractors with Eagle Hitch (some models) have a very high PTO shaft. This does not work well as the drive angle is very steep.

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