Adapting a 3pt Hitch on a Ditch Witch

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by aquamtic, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. aquamtic

    aquamtic LawnSite Senior Member
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    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???
     
  2. Dirty Water

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    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.
     
  3. Wet_Boots

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    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.
     
  4. aquamtic

    aquamtic LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  5. aquamtic

    aquamtic LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. Wet_Boots

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    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?
     
  7. Dirty Water

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    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).
     
  8. Dirty Water

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    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.
     
  9. Wet_Boots

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    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.
     
  10. Dirty Water

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    The new HT185 is quite the beast as well. I saw it in action while driving to seattle a few months back.

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    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.
     

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