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Another drawbar question

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Toora Stephen

06-08-2009 19:06:37

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When I bought my tractor about 18 months ago it did not have a drawbar. (In fact I didn't even know what a drawbar was for a while!) I bought one last week, along with a tow ball and attached it on the weekend and towed my trailer around.

OK, so it works as expected, but there are a couple of issues. First, the drawbar is connected to the lift arms, which are, by design, flexible in terms of lateral movement. I know you can get stabiliser bars to stop this movement. Is that a worthwhile / desirable idea? Is it much safer? Is there actually a problem towing a trailer where the drawbar is free to move about a bit?

The second issue is the fact that the drawbar rotates (ie. the tow ball can go upside down). I have heard that you can also get some sort of device that stops the rotation. Personally I don't see a need for one though. Again, is it safer or somehow better to have a drawbar that doesn't rotate?

Thanks for any ideas or opinions.

- TS

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Eldon Booth

06-09-2009 19:14:20

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 Re: Another drawbar question in reply to Toora Stephen, 06-08-2009 19:06:37  
Drawbar Stay Straps or similar equipment should be used with a trailer or wagon. Remember there is nothing holding your 11 hole drawbar from going up farther then what you have it set. If you happen to have enough weight on the back of the trailer to make the tung go up it will. With a wagon if it starts to push you when going down hill there is a posability that the tung could push the drawbar all the way up and make things rather dificult. Eldon

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Leighton VT

06-09-2009 06:40:21

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 Re: Another drawbar question in reply to Toora Stephen, 06-08-2009 19:06:37  
I agree with the other fellows who replied. I bought a piece that slides over one end of the drawbar keeping it from rotating and I haul a trailer full of firewood with no problems. I believe it is much safer that way. I also have purchased 2 sway bars (not yet installed) that are 32", and they should keep any swinging from side to side at a bare minimum, such as when a winch is attached.

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06-09-2009 08:38:29

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 Re: Another drawbar question in reply to Leighton VT, 06-09-2009 06:40:21  
Did you get that bumber you were looking for?

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Leighton VT

06-11-2009 10:04:32

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 Re: Another drawbar question in reply to Jeff-oh, 06-09-2009 08:38:29  
Will send a photo when I get it installed.

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06-08-2009 21:06:12

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 Re: Another drawbar question in reply to Toora Stephen, 06-08-2009 19:06:37  
I had the same issues with mine.
I put on stabilizer bars that attach to brackets under the axle. My drawbar is about 32" long, I had another one that was 26" and the bars wouldn't fit. One bar would attach, but it didn't eliminate all the movement. The 32" bar allows both stabilizer bars to attach and that eliminates almost all the movement. The little bit it moves now doesn't affect anything.
As for the draw bar rotating, I bent some 1/8" x 2" flat steel so I had 2 pieces that would bolt into the extra holes on the bar, 2 bolts each, then bent them up and in towards each other, bolted together with a 2" spacer (I used pipe), and then holes for the top link to attach to above that. It couldn't rotate if it wanted to. The whole assembly looks like an "A" with an extension at the top. I have backed the tractor up to my trailer, lifted the ball into the socket, snapped the lock on and towed 3000 lbs of gravel around with no trouble. Works for me!

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Richard L

06-08-2009 19:17:18

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 Re: Another drawbar question in reply to Toora Stephen, 06-08-2009 19:06:37  
I will get a piece to install on the lift arms and also slide over the drawbar to keep it from rotating forward and backward when pulling anything with a ball coupling. When growing up we did not have anything to keep drawbar from rotating some and now I can see where it will be "much" safer and I have seen them at a salvage yard "new" for $25.00. Good luck with which ever way you decide to do it. Richard

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