This Website is dedicated to explaining what exactly a three point hitch is, describe the different components, and then introduce you to a wide variety of attachments that will fit on a 3pt. The three point hitch commonly refers to the way implements are attached to an agricultural tractor. In engineering terms, the 3 pt attachment is the simplest and most stable way to join 2 structures. An implement can either be hooked on to a tractor hitch, or pulled and connected to the hitches. The 3 points on a hitch resemble a triangle, or the letter A.
History[ edit ] Before the s, most hitching of farm implements to tractors was done simply with a drawbar , on the same principle as a modern tow hitch. The drawbar was a flat bar with holes in it, and the implements were trailers, with tongues that attached to the drawbar with a pin through a hole. The main reason why this was the default hitching idea is that it was the natural follow-on from the days of horse-drawn implements, which were towed as trailers by the horse or team and often had an operator's seat. In fact, for decades during the mechanisation of agriculture in Europe and North America, as tractors gradually replaced horses in increasing degrees, existing implements from the horse era were often what the tractor pulled. Towing with a drawbar is a good, practical system for many purposes, and it has continued to be used even up to today, but the three-point hitch outperforms it in several ways described below.
Three point hitches are an integral part of most tractors nowadays; they are so useful that even draft horse enthusiasts are adapting some forecarts with such useful devices. However, there are certain guidelines to follow in the use of three-point hitches, for human safety and efficiency of operation. A typical fully functioning three point hitch. Much like the different stages of life that fishermen go through: However, there was very little that I could do with this machine, other than pull wagons with the drawbar.
This period provided Ferguson with considerable experience at the start of mechanized farming in Ireland and England. Most early tractor plows were trailer-mounted and merely pulled behind the tractor. Often, the biggest problem was not the raw power of the tractor, but gaining enough traction to put the power to use.