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 08-11-2000, 19:00 Post: 18746
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A while back I bought a 16' trailer to tow the JD4100 and attachments around on. The trailer does not get moved very often and the grass grows around it. I want to mow the area where the trailer is parked and need to move it on a regular basis. It is a pain to hook it to the truck. There was a post some time back where there was talk of mounting a 2" ball to the bucket of the front end loader and using the tractor to move the trailer short distances. I am thinking about just buying a 2" ball that I can hook to the trailer and use the front end loader to move the trailer short distances. While pushing the trailer backwards the bucket would catch the support leg structure and when pulling the trailer forwards the bucket would catch the threaded bolt from the 2" ball attached to the trailer. Once the trailer was in place I could simply drop the 2" ball attached to the tounge of the trailer. I think it is a very simple solution and very likely workable. I know the steering would not be precise. Any input would be appreciated.






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 08-11-2000, 22:45 Post: 18751
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I used that method with my Bobcat bucket. Once you do it, you will never use another method. It is so quick and precise you can maneuver it anywhere within inches. My Bobcat bucket had some holes drilled in the front edge of the bucket so I just made a small steel plate and drilled one hole in the plate for the 2" ball and then two other holes for some 5/8" bolts that I can attach quickly when I need it. I don't even tighten the bolts, only finger tight.






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 08-12-2000, 04:30 Post: 18755
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Larry, I, too, do something very similar. No problem unless someone were foolish enough to get in the way and the trailer slipped or fell loose from the bucket on their toes.






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 08-12-2000, 10:18 Post: 18758
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I attached a 2" ball to the draw bar on my tractor. It's easy to hook up the trailer because you can see both the ball and the trailer hitch from the tractor seat. The ball is also a handy thing to throw a chain over for dragging stuff.






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 08-12-2000, 19:09 Post: 18772
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I built a tow bar ( at leaset that's what I call it) It is a 3-point attchment & I can enterchage the receivers off of my truck hicth for the size of ball I need or farm hitch. I'm always moveing trailers around since I have 6 of them. I've found this method to be very useful & quick as a snake. back under-raise & go. My 2 cents






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 08-12-2000, 22:16 Post: 18788
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Thanks for all the ideas. I decided to go the way of mbjacobs. I did not have the proper tools to drill a hole in the bucket of the size required so installing on the draw bar worked out well. I did mount two chain hooks on the bucket and even painted them JD green. Now that I can see the ball and the trailer, hookup is a breeze. Besides I like the idea of throwing a chain over the ball to drag stuff.






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 08-13-2000, 06:54 Post: 18796
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Dana, you can buy those 3-point hitches at places like Northern Tool for a couple of hundred dollars, but I built my own, too, but instead of a receiver like you're using (which is the best, of course), I built a cheap one and use a convert-a-ball so I can quickly change ball sizes. That's one of the handiest things I have, but if I already have another implement on the 3-point, then I use the front end loader when necessary.






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 08-13-2000, 21:42 Post: 18813
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Bird, I've seen those in northern but only after I built my own, but that's OK since I've got about $10 of matrerial in it. I can also hang suit case weights off of it to.






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 08-14-2000, 21:22 Post: 18839
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Here's another idea. I already had a 3pt. hitch subsoiler (ripper) so I took out the steel shank, bolted on a bumper hitch attachment I had (takes a square tube - the kind used in a receiver) and used a straight insert with a hitch ball attached to it. Of course, I already had these parts on hand so all I did was drill and tap a couple of holes. If you weld, you could get some scrap steel and make something similar for a few dollars. The big advantage over the draw bar method is the 3pt hitch will elevate the trailer tongue and I can move two or three trailers around without ever cranking or folding the trailer tongue jack.






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 08-29-2000, 11:04 Post: 19246
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I use the ball on the drawbar too. I have a solid drawbar mounted to the fram with a little 1 7/8 ball for my small trailer and then have a 2 5/16 ball on my 3 pt. drawbar for my big flatbed and my horse trailer. Just back up and raise it and go. Works nice. I have a little clamp I got at Kubota to keep the 3 pt. drawbar from rotating.






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