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Harry Ferguson Tractors Discussion Forum

to30 hydraulic question

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02-08-2008 12:43:10

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Does the spring on the top link have something to do with the hydraulics on a TO 30. I had my 3 pt all the way down and was unhooking the center link, when i noticed if I applied pressure to that spring that the 3 pt would raise just a bit, and when I let off the pressure the 3 pt would lower just a bit. Am I hallucinating, or is there some connection, like a draft adjustment, or something????

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Bob (Aust)

03-02-2008 20:50:42

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 Re: to30 hydraulic question in reply to craigreavley, 02-08-2008 12:43:10  
Zane's Position Control Device is ingenius and simplicity itself.
I have one and it works exceedingly well.

Bob in Oz

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02-09-2008 17:41:39

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 Re: to30 hydraulic question in reply to craigreavley, 02-08-2008 12:43:10  
Draft control,

Harry Ferguson had been making and selling tractors for years in the early 30s. He finally invented a hydraulic lift that had 3 points for attaching his specially built 3 point implements such as turning plows and cultivators. He incorporated an automatic device that allowed you to set the amount of draft or pull on the plow and it would automatically raise the plow if a harder piece of soil was incountered with the plow or let it down a little if an easier place to pull the plow was encountered. This is accomplished by being able to set the control valve link inside the lift closer or farther away from the plunger rod that is attached to the top link which is in turn attached to the top of the turning plow or cultivator linkage. When a hard place in the ground is contacted the spring is compressed till it comes in contact with the linkage to the control rod and pushes the control valve in till the plow is raised to the point where the pressure on the big spring on the top link is slightly released thus letting the control rod move back toward the down position and stabilizing the draft of the plow. Thus it is called automatic draft control.

Draft control is the automatic depth control of a ground engaging implement such as a turning plow or a cultivator. When you let the lift down so that the plow touches the ground and begins to go into the ground the plow tends to rotate on the two points of the draw bar of the plow/implement. When the plow point tries to pull back on the tractor this is what the word "draft" means. When the plow point engages the ground and the plow starts to try to rotate on the drawbar hook up pins at the ends of the lift arms the top link then begins to push in towards the back of the tractor and compresses the big spring on the lift housing. The lower you have the touch control handle set on the quadrant the more the big draft spring has to compress in order to push against the internal linkage that will try to make the control valve in the pump start to lift the plow. As the plow is lifted the stress on the top link becomes less on the big draft spring and this in turn lets the pump tend to drop the plow to the preset position you have selected on the quadrant touch control handle. The deeper or more draft you want to put on the plow/tractor the lower you are required to lower the place on the quadrant where the touch control handle/lever is placed.

The 9N Ford tractor has a very effecient "Draft control" The way it works is you move the touch control handle until the plow begins to drop. Do not lower the touch control any further and try the plow at this position of the touch control handle. It should go into the ground only slightly and no further. To make the plow go deeper just move the touch control lever a fraction of an inch lower on the quadrant. This will increase the distance that the draft plunger spring on the back of the tractor at the top link connection has to be compressed. This will allow the plow to go a little deeper. Continue to lower the touch control on the quadrant in fractions of an inch until the depth you desire is reached. This is "Draft control" Zane Added on Date: 16:43:10 09/01/04

Position control is being able to maintain a selected height of the lift arms or "position control"

The 9N/2N Ford and The TO Fergusons that have the Ferguson system lift did not have position or height control. Only draft control and my device adds this much needed option to the original Ferguson system lift. When these tractors were first manufactured they were primarily used in farming and plowing and the need for a height/position control was not needed but as more and more equipment was invented to use with the farm tractor the need for position/height control came about. Such things as the Bush Hog, boom pole. box blade and snow plow need to be able to be controlled as to the height of the implement. So I invented the "position control" ZANE THANG


When the lift gets to where it will not lift the implement when in draft and the touch control handle is raised all the way to the top of the quadrant something in the draft linkage has either been bent or worn to the point that the lift control valve is not being engaged sufficiently to raise the lift when the lever is raised. Most of the time this is caused from shock loads being put on the draft linkage through the top link to the big draft sensing spring. Lots of tractors have the two and three hole top link rocker hookups. These specialty rockers were for specific applications and were never meant to be used in such operations as using a turning plow or bush hog or box blade. They were made primarily for use with light draft implements such as the two row cultivator and some mowing machines etc. If one of the upper holes are used while doing something like heavy plowing and something immovable is struck by the plow the excessive leverage of having the top link in one of the upper holes has a tremendous mechanical advantage on the top link and this is transmitted into the big draft sensing spring and on into the internal linkage. The internal linkage is actually bent in this manner and after it gets bent in this manner it will not lift anymore in the draft mode until the damage is corrected. Also the draft sensing spring seat can become convex from the action of carrying too great a load on the lift and having it jump up and down while being transported over uneven terrain. Just think of the force being applied to the draft spring seat while doing this. This is also multiplied by using one of the top holes in the top link rocker connector. Unless you are going to use a row crop cultivator you should cut off the upper holes in the rocker or put a bolt in them to discourage them being used for anything other than what it was designed for.

I make and market a device that can give the Ferguson system position or height control that it does not have when manufactured.


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Buster Seward

03-02-2008 17:11:59

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 Re: to30 hydraulic question in reply to ZANE, 02-09-2008 17:41:39  
Hey Zane,
Do you have a picture of your invention that you can share here on the net? I'm just curious what all this looks like. This should become quite popular especially with those of us who "work" our tractors.

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02-08-2008 19:54:30

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 Re: to30 hydraulic question in reply to craigreavley, 02-08-2008 12:43:10  
extract:: For TEA20.
The implement will continue to penetrate until the pressure against the control spring [what you were seeing]moves the control spring fork and with it, the hand control fork and valve sufficiently to bring the valve to the central position. While this state of balance is maintained,the implement position remains constant but should the tractor pitch or fall,the pressure on the control spring varies,alters the position of the control valve,and maintains an even implement depth irrespective of the tractor movement.

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02-08-2008 13:29:54

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 Re: to30 hydraulic question in reply to craigreavley, 02-08-2008 12:43:10  
You are not a halucinating. That"s how the control valve gets feedback from the implement in order to control the implement draft. With the implement raised on the hitch, the spring should just be able to rotate on the conrol rod.

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Dan S (NY)

02-08-2008 12:56:59

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 Re: to30 hydraulic question in reply to craigreavley, 02-08-2008 12:43:10  
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Check out this picture of the underside of the lift cover on a TO30. You can see the rod that goes through the big (draft) spring in the back connecting to the control linkage inside.


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