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Pick-up drawn farm eqipment
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birddie    Posted 11-24-2001 at 08:17:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Guess I don't know how to read the message board and I need info ASAP. Does anyone know where I could get information on cutters, rakes, manure-spreaders, bailers, etc that will hitch up to the back of a pickup truck and run off of the empliment's wheel ratation. I know I have seen them on the internet but cannot remember how I found them. Need help to find this info fast. Please just e-mail me at: Thanks so much.

LazyHorse    Posted 11-25-2001 at 20:59:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
What kind of implements are you planning on pulling with a truck? I would think visibilty and turning would be a real problem since ya can't look down from the tractor seat to monitor for problems.
For a little history, Willy's did make a version of the famous jeep targeting small farmers. It had a pto for implements, and some had 3 point hitch configurations. I knew a fella years ago that had one and he was a fence contractor. Used his jeep exclusively for drilling post holes, and stringing wire.
We also have lots of Amish farms here and they do use pull type implements for their horses. Most is name brand IH, JD, etc, and if it requires power such as a baler or mower the untis havve a factory installed engine to power the implement.

TomH    Posted 11-25-2001 at 17:19:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another option to what's been suggested is to buy a tractor. A decent used one shouldn't cost all that much and will outwork a pickup all day long, you'll probably spend more in the long run working a truck like a tractor. Traction, especially braking, would worry me most. Clutch or transmission would probably give you problems too.

A friend of mine's father tried towing a fertilizer spreader behind his shiney new 4wd truck. Seemed okay at first, then the catalytic converter set the grass on fire. After he put the fire out he tried to start up again and ripped the back bumper off the truck. That's when he decided to buy a tractor.

Jerry    Posted 11-25-2001 at 09:33:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry I cant help but maybe encourage you to keep looking. I know there is stuff out there like that. There is a contract harvester that comes through my area cutting, raking and baling hay with a fleet of jeeps( I didnt notice any pto coming off the jeep) that are road legal. I guess this is so when they are done they can just get on down the road without having to put anything on trailers or have heavy tow vehicles and such. Good luck

OW - jeeps    Posted 11-25-2001 at 10:14:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Years ago, we tried too pull a breaking plow with an Army Jeep but it was geared way too high.
In order to get enough momentum, the thing had to go fast enough to sling furrows.

I have seen some clever hub-mounted contraptions though. Neighbor remodeled his pickup -- set up a brake for one back wheel, mounted a jack & little cable spool on the other hub, pulleys to his truck rack and he skids & loads trees with the mess. He gets a pickup & trailer load of firewwod pretty quick. Hardly ever has to move around while loading. No problem so far :)
He also uses a lite-weight glorified stone boat under the front of the logs for skidding ease and it keeps them cleaner.

Salmoneye    Posted 11-25-2001 at 04:47:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Look around at ATV specialists.
That is the only new production ground drive stuff I have seen in years...

IHank    Posted 11-24-2001 at 14:07:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Birddie- Sounds like you're looking for farm equipment that hasn't been made since about 1940. Lots of that old iron was modified to be pulled by tractors in the 40's and 50's. After that it gradually went to the scrap iron salvagers.

If a new trend is coming around, where new equipment is being made to be pulled by 4 X 4 pickups, please post here more information. Inquiring minds want to know... IHank

Hogman    Posted 11-24-2001 at 20:28:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Birddie You might check around for Amish people as They still use ground drive equipment tho even with Them,They all seem to have horse drawn PTO dollys to use with balers,spreaders,mowers etc.
Again,it depends on what You intend to pull with the PU. Just because that truck has mabe 200 HP don't think it can out pull a team of horses.
Anyway, I wish You great gobs of good luck in Your venture.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 11-25-2001 at 15:19:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is a little off the sub. but I have a 1985 Nissan 4wd pick-up (bought it new) that has a pto shaft that comes out of the back of the main trans. it was intended for use on stationary equip. like a hammer mill & such. I bet it could be re-worked to run things that are pulled like a hay baler tho.

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