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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted March 26, 2011 - 01:47 AM

Finalized the plans for my tow hitch. This will be for my LGT 165 sleeve hitch. I didn't show the bolt through for the pivot. Built as shown, I should be able to lift and tow my Cub 108, Sears GTV/16, or Mtd 14/42 LT. I will need to get a piece of 1/2" X 2" for the cross bar. Comments are welcome.
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Edited by KennyP, March 26, 2011 - 01:50 AM.
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Posted March 26, 2011 - 05:56 AM

Nice job Kenny. Only suggestion I have is maybe a "stop" on the front of the uprights. Just in case you have to stop short or the towed tractor somehow gets a head of steam over a bump or something.
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Posted March 26, 2011 - 07:30 AM

Thanks, I hadn't even thought about that. I did bat around a small stop on the rear, so may do both. I'll get it built, then look at both ends. I haven't figured out how to make a bolt in Sketchup is why I didn't show it. Kind of a neat free program, you can rotate the part to look from all directions.

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Posted March 26, 2011 - 08:01 AM

Very nice Kenny, I think with a little extra material on each end of your saddles, that will work great.
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Posted March 26, 2011 - 09:55 AM

It will be kind of hard to figure the stops until I can lift something to see what room is available. Don't want too much on rear as the tie rods are near. As pictured, I won't be able to lift the rear as I left no clearance for the center section, but that can be refined. Right now, the end of the tube is 5" +/- above ground level and would need to be a bit lower to work correctly with all my GTs. May have to build in an adjustable vertical movement, so you can lower to just above ground level, back under tractor, then raise back up to touch before actual lifting. The way the LGT is set up right now, the hitch lift will be about 11"+/-. I'm working on it.
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Posted March 26, 2011 - 10:06 AM

What little free program is it? Can you make a link to it? I think it might help me in my fab work to draw it out a little.

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Posted March 26, 2011 - 11:24 AM

Google Sketchup is the program. Version 8 is the new one. Just 'google it'. Easy to find, a little hard to learn. Lots of info online for help. My computer is almost too slow for it and I have some challenges with the old XP home. If you have a newer puter, it will probably work better. And it's not really 'little'.
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Posted March 27, 2011 - 04:05 PM

Tow Hitch3.jpg My finalized plans had a hiccup. Look this over, needed to get it so I could lift from the rear. Adjuster is not finished. working on how to make that work. Got to raise the outside tabs another two+/- inches. Keep forget the center section hangs down. Drat.
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Edited by KennyP, March 27, 2011 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted March 27, 2011 - 04:38 PM

I like that, something everyone needs to have. Good stuff
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Posted March 27, 2011 - 04:52 PM

I'll get it right sooner(I Hope) or later. Thinking about the adjuster too much and messed up height on the lifters. Oh,well.
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Posted March 27, 2011 - 06:56 PM

I'll let all this go for awhile. I'm making it too intricate for what I want to do. I'll be back with something more like the first pic.
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Posted March 27, 2011 - 07:09 PM

It looks good Kenny, like Alan mentioned about the stops, that is the only thing I would suggest as well. Google sketch up is a great little program.
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Posted March 27, 2011 - 08:06 PM

Thanks, George. I'm going back to a simpler design. I forgot I have different holes to change sleeve hitch height. Right now, at 16" out from sleeve mount, it is 5" off ground. If I change holes for lift bar, it will be lower. That's what I need to get under the cub. So I need to do that when weather permits and remeasure height. Anyway, I'll get it figured out. Just takes a little more time.
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Posted March 29, 2011 - 09:23 AM

Tow Hitch0001.jpg After a good night's sleep, I plotted all lifts points (front and rear) of the tractors (GT & LT) that I own and am happy to say I figured it out. Yes, stops will be used, but I will wait to add these until the main Tow Hitch is built. This is the way it will be built. I have a couple of spring tension boat hold downs that I will use to help hold towed axle to hitch. I have to add these after, along with the stops. Fifteenth time is a charm. :rofl2:
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Posted March 29, 2011 - 12:37 PM

Looking Good Kenny, can't wait for pics of it in use.




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