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Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel

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Jeff739

08-13-2019 21:45:28




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Hi All,

I recently bought a piece of property that came with an IH Farmall 500 diesel tractor. It appears to be manufactured sometime around 1956-60 per my guess. It runs well and I ve been doing a little maintenance based on the recommendations in the manual for a similar one. My issue is I ll like to attach a three point hitch to this baby so I can purchase some implements that require a three point hitch especially a rake. Unfortunately, I haven t found a tow behind rake that can work with a 1 point hitch. Has anyone ever retrofitted a three point hitch hitch on one of these and can suggest something? I m looking for something on the low budget side. Please note that it has some hydraulics.
Thanks!

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Jeff739

08-15-2019 08:49:41




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-13-2019 21:45:28  
Thank you all for your replies. I really didn t want to make any changes to the current setup. The main reason for wanting to that is because I haven t found a landscaping rake that does not require a three point hitch. If anyone can point to one, I ll really appreciate it. I m interested in something like 5ft or more wide. I m clearing a lot of brush something more than a common garden rake.
Thanks again y all!

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Janicholson

08-15-2019 14:30:06




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-15-2019 08:49:41  
Find a good buy on a rake, and prongs for a 400 hitch (big prongs for 300 or larger IH Fast Hitch) have a repair shop weld thm into place. Jim



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BarnyardEngineering

08-15-2019 04:59:47




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-13-2019 21:45:28  
John, sounds like you're missing the U-shaped drawbar on that M that needs a step ladder. The U-shaped drawbar sets about where the add-on 3pt hitch arms are level.

I have seen where people have added an intermediate step between the U-shaped drawbar and the axle housing too... Having to deal with a step ladder, especially if you're hooking up to something... That's something I wouldn't put up with for sure.

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John M

08-15-2019 06:12:58




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to BarnyardEngineering, 08-15-2019 04:59:47  
I have severe arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Didnt want to bore everyone with my troubles.



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caterpillar guy

08-15-2019 02:59:12




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-13-2019 21:45:28  
You really don't want a 3 pt on an old IH like that, it makes them a pita to get on and off from. There are plenty of old trailer type implements just need to look a bit more. Besides 3 pt stuff is a pita to hook up. If it sets on blocks to hold it up, so next time you can put it on. It will have been knocked or fallen off of them, so you are jacking or prying to get them back up. I don't even like the new idea of hitching our planter to just the lift arms once a year to plant.

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John M

08-15-2019 04:29:06




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to caterpillar guy, 08-15-2019 02:59:12  
If it werent for my 3pth on my working M, I woudnt be able to get on my tractor. Before I shut it down, I get the arms in a crtain position so that I have a ladder of sorts to climb up on the thing. On my remaining one restored M, I literally have to use a step ladder to get on it.



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D Slater

08-14-2019 13:49:20




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-13-2019 21:45:28  
No picture seen. One of these like yours.

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Jeff739

08-14-2019 08:24:47




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-13-2019 21:45:28  



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Jeff739

08-14-2019 07:54:04




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-13-2019 21:45:28  
Thanks for the comments. It s a 400. Excuse my terminology, I may be using the wrong words to describe the current setup. I ve uploaded some photos for accuracy. Thanks again!



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Jeff739

08-14-2019 07:51:28




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-13-2019 21:45:28  
Correction:

I meant to say Farmall 400 and not 500, sorry. This tractor starts on gasoline but runs on diesel. I have uploaded some photos of it which shows the current hitch setup.



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BarnyardEngineering

08-14-2019 05:30:25




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-13-2019 21:45:28  
Assuming that this tractor just has the basic u-shaped and/or swinging drawbar attached to the rear.

There are a couple of aftermarket options for a 3 point hitch. One is "Worksaver" the other is "Tony's Tractors." You can find them with google.

I highly recommend that you spend some time gathering a correct owner's manual for the tractor. You can find them online in many locations including ebay.

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Janicholson

08-14-2019 05:21:27




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 Re: Three point hitch for Farmall 400 diesel in reply to Jeff739, 08-13-2019 21:45:28  
Somewhat confusing info. There is no Farmall 500, so I assume a Farmall 400 is correct. That tractor is (normally) either a Fast hitch, with two sockets on the tractor, and two spear like points on the implements. A one point hitch is found on much smaller tractors 100, 130 and 140 series tractors. (none in the US were diesel)
If a Farmall 400 it will be able to be adapted to 3 point with kits to make that happen.

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