Vermeer has taken some of the labour-intensive time-wasting frustration out of hooking up a three-point hitch mower. Its new Quick Hitch requires only one person to complete the procedure.
There were problems with the traditional three-point-hitch system, Vermeer’s Bailey Boyert said.
“The operator often took many stabs at trying to back and line up the tractor perfectly to get the links connected. You often had to back up, hope to get one link in, then get back in the tractor and work to get other link in,” he said.
“Due to the challenges and having to get in and out of the tractor so many times, farmers often had two people to hook up a simple machine. The labour wasted doing the hookup caused many farmers to leave the mower hooked up all summer, even when it wasn’t being used for mowing. In essence, that wastes one tractor.
“With the Quick Hitch, it’s now a one-person job that eliminates many of the steps getting in and out of the tractor. That means a farmer can quickly hook and un-hook the mower so his tractor is available for other tasks when needed, and it’s available again for mowing when needed.”
Boyert says the new system is easy to operate once the two-point Quick Hitch bar is mounted to the tractor. Back the tractor until the bar is engaged with the mower’s lower links. Attach the top of the three-point link from the tractor to the mower and secure with a pin. Raise the mower hitch with the tractor hydraulics and secure the Quick Hitch bar with pins on each end. Connect the power take-off and hydraulic hoses, then raise and store the jack stand.
The Quick Hitch is standard on all four Vermeer 50-Series three-point hitch disc mowers. It cannot be retro-fitting to existing 40-Series mowers. The base price for the M5050 is US$11,527. The four new models are:
- M5050: 6.8 ft (2.1 metre) cutting width
- M6050: 7.8 ft (2.4 metre)
- M7050: 9.2 ft (2.8 metre)
- M8050: 10.5 ft (3.2 metre)
The new 50-series three-point disc mowers also feature as the Vermeer Quick Clip blade retention system that enables the operator to change blades in seconds, as standard equipment.