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Posted July 08, 2011 - 08:24 AM

I'm thinking about building some sort of wheel lift attachment for my tube frames so I can tow tractors around with ease. I'm sick of pushing the dead ones to the garage when I want to work on them. Something like they have on a tow truck. have a few ideas on paper I'll scan in later if I get a chance. Has anyone built something like this? Or any suggestions? I pretty much know what I want but added input is always good

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Posted July 08, 2011 - 12:55 PM

Here's a link to a thread from a few months ago on the same subject.
It's another great idea I need to get around to. Looking forward to seeing your ideas.

http://gardentractor...w-tractor-5271/
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Posted July 08, 2011 - 01:33 PM

KennyP did a really nice job building one for his sleeve hitch. The thread above should answer your questions.

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Posted July 08, 2011 - 01:44 PM

Here are some pictures of roughly what I want to do. its just laid out in my yard nothing cut or welded. I have some old Bolens plow parts I am thinking of using. this will be like a modern wheel lift tow truck. this way I can lift any tractor from the front or rear wheels.

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Posted July 08, 2011 - 02:09 PM

I think it's a great idea. You going to use a sleeve hitch or 3 point?

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Posted July 08, 2011 - 05:56 PM

That looks like a good idea Dan! Keep us posted on the progress!

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Posted July 08, 2011 - 06:36 PM

Looks like your off to a good start

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Posted July 08, 2011 - 06:50 PM

Yea I was off to a good start but then decided I was going to do it different. I will post some pics tomorrow of the new setup I have most of the pieces cut just need to do some drilling and get my welder back.

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Posted July 09, 2011 - 05:30 AM

I'll follow along on this. I haven't had time to work with mine lately. I think I made the hitch piece too long and want to shorten it some. Just too blasted hot, around 105 for the next 7 days.

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Posted July 09, 2011 - 05:51 PM

Made some progress on the tow attachment still need to build the lift bar and arm. But ran out of play time.

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Posted July 09, 2011 - 06:00 PM

Thats looking Great :bounce:

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Posted July 09, 2011 - 06:03 PM

I'm hoping you don't have too long of a tongue on that. The one I built is too long and puts a lot of stress on the lift bar. I hope to get back to it soon.

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Posted July 09, 2011 - 08:05 PM

Yea it looked good but I went back to my original plan, using the plow parts I had. Here are some updated pics. I did mount it on the front of the tractor to try it out and it works well. I need to move the lift arm and weld it on the other side then it will be on the rear of the tractor. If it turns out to be hard on the lift arm I may hook it up with a winch or crank of some type. It is a work in progress, a little trial and error till it's the correct. I did move the 1250 around with it a little bit and it was hard to lift manually but didn't seem to put too much stress on anything.

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Posted July 09, 2011 - 09:00 PM

I like this design! The pivot will allow the towed tractor to follow better when turning! Great work Dan!

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Posted July 09, 2011 - 09:20 PM

Your project sounds great. I remember going with George to a fellow that had Massey attachments he wanted. As we were walking past several small sheds I spotted something that caught my eye. At that time we were still new to garden tractors, at least me. When I asked the fellow about his unusual attachment, he told me it was for towing tractors. Sure sounded like a great idea to have if you were going to be moving the occasional tractor that won't start. Keep us posted.




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