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aquamtic
12-05-2006, 09:09 PM
Wondering if anyone has adpated a system to be able to use other attachments on their Ditch Witch plows.

I will be adapting a Cat 1, 3 Point Quick Hitch on the plow side of a 410 to be able to attach rakes and a backfill plow for our trenches

Anyone try such a thing yet???

Dirty Water
12-05-2006, 09:11 PM
We have a 410, it seems like it would be such a hassle to switch the plow off to put a 3 point on.

I'd think doing it on the trenching side would be a bit easier.

Wet_Boots
12-05-2006, 09:20 PM
I thought the three point hitch was to run attachments from the PTO of a tractor, as opposed to a hydraulic power source that a vibratory plow is.

aquamtic
12-05-2006, 09:27 PM
The quick hitch system will have a custom built plate welded on with pin holes that will attach in place of the plow. This will be used for up and down attachments only with no hydraulics needed.

aquamtic
12-05-2006, 09:31 PM
It would just take the time of removing the blade pins and attaching

here is a link to what the quick hotch looks like
http://cgi.ebay.com/Farm-Pro-3-Point-Category-1-Tractor-Quick-Hitch-03986_W0QQitemZ190057483841QQihZ009QQcategoryZ11752QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotoho sting

Wet_Boots
12-05-2006, 09:36 PM
I would just figure on one of the larger power platforms, like a 7550, or an R40, if you wanted tractor capabilities.

I always liked the idea of a bigass tractor with a plow running from the back PTO, so you could nail that pipe right along a curb, with one tractor wheel in the street. Too bad the tractors can't handle the stress of a standard plow, though.

How's that 252 holding up? Still running an Onan engine?

Dirty Water
12-05-2006, 09:36 PM
So you'd keep the vibrating plow head. On ours, even with the lever that locks the head in place fastened it still rotates independently of the machine. This would make operating an attachment impossible.

Maybe they have improved the linkage since ours (2000 model).

Dirty Water
12-05-2006, 09:39 PM
I would just figure on one of the larger power platforms, like a 7550, or an R40, if you wanted tractor capabilities.

I always liked the idea of a bigass tractor with a plow running from the back PTO, so you could nail that pipe right along a curb, with one tractor wheel in the street. Too bad the tractors can't handle the stress of a standard plow, though.


We have a 3500. They make a plow for it as well, but we just use it for the trencher and 4 way blade. I've done exactly like you are saying about plowing up on a curb with the 410, its a surprisingly agile machine.

Someone out here has a 4700 with a plow on it. I've seen them pull in 2" utility ducts at 24", that takes some balls.

Wet_Boots
12-05-2006, 09:42 PM
Search on eBay, and you'll see lower prices for DW equipment way larger than a 410sx. Not much room to operate an R200, though.

Dirty Water
12-05-2006, 09:46 PM
The new HT185 is quite the beast as well. I saw it in action while driving to seattle a few months back.

http://www.ditchwitch.com/dwcom/uploads/Product/Images/pli_115.jpg

The entire cab will tilt so that the operator can set level while the tracks are on a slope.

I think we are hijacking this thread. I love talking about plows.

Wet_Boots
12-05-2006, 09:54 PM
Gimme two! The idea of tooling around in an air-conditioned cab of a machine that can lay pipe or telephone cable three feet deep (cross country!) just about makes me weak in the knees.

Dirt Boy
12-05-2006, 10:16 PM
A word or two of caution.
I have used, or rather tried to use, one of those quick hitch attachments. I would have sold you one for $75 a year ago, almost brand new!!
Idea's great, but you will need to make sure that all of the different attachments you want to hook up, have the exact same spacing between mounting points.
You would think that all the equipment would be that way, but NOT!!
Also, the top link attachment can give you fits, when trying to hook up.

Just my experience.:hammerhead:

justgeorge
12-06-2006, 07:30 AM
Look on ebay, I saw someone selling a backfill blade for a 410sx that fit the pulling blade attachment point. Seemed to be an outrageous price though.

aquamtic
12-06-2006, 08:53 AM
Does anyone have any other type of custom attachment on their machine??

Our 252 has been repowered witha Kohler engine. That is a great machine!

Wet_Boots
12-06-2006, 09:07 AM
Does that 252 have a specified hydraulic capability? I had some vague idea of fiddling around with an old machine of that sort.