How To Hook Up A Three Point Implement
Learning how to hook up a three point implement is one of the most intimidating things to do when you’ve just purchased a tractor. The good news is that generally gets easier the more you do it. (Although you can console yourself with this reminder when you’re having trouble as a newbie: There are even some ag guys who have been around farm equipment their entire lives who still have trouble hooking up implements.
The Simple How-To
Basically, what you have to do is get the tractor lined up so that the lower link arms will swing out and go around the pins on the implement. In my video, I demonstrate this with a tiller, which is too heavy to move. So I had to move back with my tractor and get totally lined up with the tiller in order to get it hooked on.
Let’s Take a Quick Look at the Rear of the Tractor
The first thing you do after you back the tractor up is to look at the back end of it. You’ll notice that one or the other of the lower link arms on the tractor is going to be adjustable up and down.
On the back of the tractor I’m using in the video, there is a kind of silvery arm on it. That’s a turnbuckle, the piece that allows the one link arm to go up or down. That’s very useful if the implement is not exactly level: I’ll still be able to get it on because I can move that lower link arm up or down because the arm is adjustable.
Now, in this case I’m going to put the left side link arm on first because the right one is adjustable. That means I’ve got to get the implement completely aligned with the left side of the tractor. (That would be the driver’s side if it were a car.) I swing the left arm out and get it the right height. Once is it at just the right height, we put it on and then attach it with the linchpin to keep it on.
At this point, I’m hoping I backed up to where the pin on the right side is in line with the lower link arm on the right side. But if I haven’t got it just right, I’ll have to get on the tractor again. I back it just a little bit to get it in line with that hole. And since I can’t move the implement – this tiller is way, way too heavy for me to move – I’ll use the tractor to push it just a little bit and get it lined up.
Final Attachment Adjustment
Okay, now that it’s lined up I attach the lower link arm on the right side. In goes the linch pin on to attach my top link, and the top link just goes along for the ride. I put the part that goes to the tractor in and put a pin through it. Next, I adjust the top link so it’s the right length to go back to the hole on the implement. At that point, I slip a pin through the implement and the top link. And now we’re all hooked up and I can lift the implement off the ground, and I will.
Stabilizers Are Critical for To Avoid Tire Damage
The next parts of the tractor you need to know about are stabilizers. These turnbuckles that run from the tractor axle to the lower three-point arms. If you don’t do anything with these stabilizers, the implement will be able to flop back and forth.
Some implements can actually get into the tires of the tractor, and that’s bad news. If you fail to adjust these stabilizers to tighten the implement and end up damaging your tires, that’s not warrantied. You can
do great damage to the back tires and end up having to pay for it out of your own pocket.
Final Step: Safety Warning
The last thing you do is attach the PTO. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS turn the tractor off to put the PTO on. Now, you’ll see there’s a collar you have to pull back and slide on the PTO shaft until it’s past the groove in the shaft. There’s a series of ball bearings inside of the PTO shaft, so on the implement I’m sliding the collar back so those can go out and slide past the groove in the PTO shaft on the tractor and then when I pull it back and release this collar they’re going to snap into place and then I’m good to go.
Watch the video above to see how I do it.