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 06-07-2000, 04:26 Post: 16974
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 3 Point Attachments Installation Woes

I'm a rookie when it comes to tractor implements. I just received my Kubota 2910 and bought a box blade and post hole digger for the 3 point.However I have quickly discovered that putting the 3 point attachments on and taking them off seems to be a pain in the butt (even with all the adjustable links on the 2910). Is there something I'm doing wrong? What is the secret to easily installing and removing 3 point implements?So far I am very glad I went with the mid-mount mower deck as it goes on and comes off easier than any of my 3 point stuff. Am I just incompetent or this the way 3 point stuff works?






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 06-07-2000, 07:46 Post: 16978
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A little practice and it does get easier. There are a couple of knacks that make things a lot easier. Basically, see what happens when you lift the lower links by hand, and watch what happens to both lower links when the leveler is adjusted.

There was a thread on this subject not long ago. Can't remember whether here or tractorbynet or what subject header it was under. Some help huh? Post a note if you can't find it. My basics were put the implements on blocks so they stay in about the right position to mount them, and use a 5' steel pry bar to shift the implement slightly if needed. Also, keep your toes from under things and your fingers from between things until all pins are made.

I think mounting posthole augers is a special case. I don't have one, but I believe they fold flat and can collapse before all pins are in. There was a comment indicating that quite a few people have been hurt mounting post hold augers. I have the same thing with my 3ph pallet forks, only it's much heavier than an auger. I make the lower pins and then bring it upright with a come along attached to the top link bracket. When it's close enough to make the top link, I secure it to around the ROPS lower end with chain and grab hooks while I make the top link. Good idea to get a length of transport chain and some grab hooks. They're useful for all sorts of things. Clevis pins go with chain, and they're useful too.

I also understand that operation of a post hole auger is dangerous. There have been a number of threads where safety and operation of augers is discussed. Real good idea to look them up in the archives here and tractorbynet.






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 06-07-2000, 09:14 Post: 16982
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 3 Point Attachments Installation Woes

I must have missed something. I never considered hooking up a 3 point implement being a pain. I'm a farmer & attach implements that you can't move due to weight. This is my procedure for attaching them. Back up to implement. Attach hitch arm to the lower of the 2 attaching points. Raise 3 point till other arm is in line & attach.Either lenghthen or shorten top link to proper lenghth or with a combination of raising & lowering 3 point & moving the tractor forwards & backwards you can vary the distance between the implement & tractor top link attachment points to where you can attach it.
Attaching the posthole digger requires some muscle. You can either take it completely apart( a pain). Or I attach the part to the tractor top attachment, then raise or lower 3 point arms to get them in the proper position.






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 06-07-2000, 10:58 Post: 16984
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I won't take credit for this idea, one of my son's farming magazines had this as a tip of the month - bury a 2 foot pipe larger than the diameter of the auger on the post hole digger into the ground, then store the post hole digger by lower the auger into the hole, this keeps the auger upright, then disconnect the 3 point. Now the whole thing is not laying on the ground. Sounds like a good idea, but make sure the thing is secure and won't fall on someone.






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 06-07-2000, 13:55 Post: 16989
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 3 Point Attachments Installation Woes

I have built two a wooden frames and put metal caster wheels under them. I can drop my rear blade on one and my 5'rotory cutter on the other. Sure makes it easy to hook up to 3pt. Also, lets me move them out of the way in my garage. May be able to do the same thing for your attachments.






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 06-07-2000, 19:22 Post: 17001
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Ha, I thought I was the only one that had trouble with 3-point hitches. I am also relatively new and was disapointed to say the least as to the degree of difficulty. I figured old farmers were used to it. I, however, am used to my Bobcat attachments that go on and off in one minute with no effort. From my viewpoint, the 3-point hitch is an old design that has been accepted since it is universal. If someone devised it now it would be completely ignored. I even bought a quickhitch which unfortunately didn't fit either my tiller or rotary mower so I had to take it back but at least the theory was sound. There are lots of "tricks" but it is always a decision of whether to change implements or not because it is always difficult.






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 06-07-2000, 23:59 Post: 17015
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the biggest mistake made is not being in the center of the tool to be hooked up.if you line up the top link with the center of the tool,there should be no problem.i have had trouble when the tractor is new,but after a little wear it gets easier.you can also put something under your implements such as 2x4's to make them slide if you have to move them with a pry bar to line them up.good luck






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 06-08-2000, 01:08 Post: 17016
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I have an L4310 and I have found it more difficult to hook up three point implements than it is on larger tractors. The reason is mainly because of not having telescoping lower links. I have a loader on the tractor so when I am in position to hook up the lower links I roll the bucket down and then lower it down to the ground with some down pressure actually lifting the front end a little. (the bucket is stabbing straight down into the ground) Then with the tractor basically anchored in that position by the bucket I will put the transmission in neutral and brakes will be off. I'll go behind the tractor to do the hook up. By reaching up to the control valve from behind the tractor I can roll the tractor back and forth a little by using the control valve to roll the bucket. As the lower links slide onto the implement the tractor has to roll forward a little bit. This method works well for me but I am not sure the safety police would approve. I would caution against doing this on anything other than level ground. I would also caution to be aware of the possibility of having an attack of clumsiness and inadvertantly get yourself pinned between the implement and the tractor. But I would rather do this than risk injuring my back wrestling a 500 pound three point hitch implement back and forth. Again, telescoping lower links would make this process simple and New Holland is the only manufacturer I have seen that makes them available.
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 06-08-2000, 05:53 Post: 17021
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Somebody made a comment about chaining an auger to a heavy tree limb. Same idea I guess. Both ideas are probably easier than laying it on the ground. Wish I could do something similar with my 3ph forks.






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 06-08-2000, 06:16 Post: 17022
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Maybe my implements are lighter, but I think I'd find it easier to make small adjustments with a pry bar. Most of my implements are 500 - 600 lbs, and the bar levers implements on blocks around easily. My bar is about 5' x 1.25". It's also useful for breaking up rocks in postholes. In blocking implements, I try to keep them from tilting backwards when the top link is detached. It's sort of a pain to hook up an implement and then find the top link doesn't go long enough to make the attachment.






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