As some of you know, or have heard, or talked to me, or anyone else that talks to me... ok I will get moving on this topic lol. I have a factory MTD style sleeve hitch (Sears sells them for their tractors with special brackets) on the back of my GT18/GT6000 slantback tractor. I made an upgrade that several other guys have done... I added a winch to raise/lower it. However, I went a bit farther and mounted the winch to a channel that raised to about the middle of the back of the seat and bolts to backside of the sleeve hitch mount with two 3/8" bolts, one low, one high. Well, I took a shortcut and just bolted it on there for the Cochranton Plow Day wondering if the sleeve hitch plate would be ok, or if it would try to bend. Well, it was trying it's hardest to bend when raising and lowering the plow. So that means I didn't get away with it like I thought I could and would have to reinforce it. The question of how was finally solved today. I know this is long but hang with me cause I didn't take pics lol. I had this thought around 10 am this morning, the slantback is behind the sleeve hitch bracket, and I have a bolt dead center top on the hitch for the channel, how do I hook them together, harder to bend TWO plates, especially when one is slanted. So I rummaged through my stockpile of parts and found a 3/8" chain grab style hook (the pin on style), and a 6 inch long 3/8" eyebolt. So I pinned the hook to the eye on the eyebolt, unbolted the top bolt in the channel, and then hooked the hook to the slantback and fished the eyebolt through the channel and hitch plate. Tightened it all up to preload the hitch. All said and done I jumped up and down on the sleeve hitch and no deflection I can see, true test is a plow though. Anyway, this setup will work with any slantback Craftsman with the MTD style sleeve hitch assembly. Will try to take pics tomorrow.
On a side note, I started building the Caterpillar's monstrous front winch bumper, just has to be welded together and painted, those pics will be in another thread though.
Edited by wvbuzzmaster, January 17, 2012 - 03:36 AM.