DIY - Tiller Bracket and HD Hitch

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DIY - Tiller Bracket and HD Hitch

Postby roberttroll » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:08 pm

I picked up a "diy" tiller mounting bar a while back and have finally circled back around to it. It is a simple but genius affair. It has some homemade rear axle mounting brackets that attach via U-Bolts. To that a piece of pipe has been cut in half and welded on.

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This is the hitch/tiller bracket that goes with it. It is two pieces of 3/8th steel with some angle iron recessed at the end to form a rear hitch. There are two holes n the end which allow the bar to pass all the way through. That bar is what the hitch rides on. Remove the bar and you have a full time hitch.

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Re: DIY - Tiller Bracket and HD Hitch

Postby roberttroll » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:19 pm

Now i wasn't to crazy about the axle brackets. The U-Bolts are frustratingly tight and i wanted to produce something that could be more easily duplicated. The thought of buying and slicing 1/4 steel pipe does not particularly float my boat.

So i came up with this - I started by welding together some 1/4 in angle iron. I also found that a 2-1/4 inch muffler clamp works perfectly for hooking around the rear axle.

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Old and new brackets

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The newer mounts install much easier then the old ones and are beefier to boot. Hanging off the axle they look like this

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Re: DIY - Tiller Bracket and HD Hitch

Postby roberttroll » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:29 pm

The next issue is the hitch itself is actually bent. How someone bent it i have no idea. So i want to duplicate the hitch itself. Once that is done i plan on designing a sleeve hitch that mounts to the round bar. My Deere sleeve hitch is of the same two piece style.

This would allow the Elec-Trak user to have one hitch that they could use with all of their agricultural implements, and when done have a standard tow hitch. I need to head over to the steel supply house to see what is available. Unfortunately with the prices of metal lately, no junkyard in the area is holding onto scrap.

I have some steel left over and could make a few of the axle mounts for short money if anyone is interested.
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