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    i my have made a small mistake with my quick hitch dethatcher...



    I forgot about the lip of the dethatcher... Safe to say it's not fitting any hitches at the moment... Should I modify the top of the dethatcher, or maybe throw some sort of spacer under the three point frame?
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    You could move the 3pt frame forward. It's an extreme example, but think of a back blade - the blade itself is well behind the 3pt connections. A little blocking and the whole bracket looks like it'd pop out easy and you really don't want to run out of lift with that. Once you pile up a bunch of trash, you need to be able to lift the tines up and out of it. A bit of extra distance between the pins and the tines front/back would give you more lift too.
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    Is there room to move the pins up?
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    This was my first time ever welding, so I'm not too comfortable trying to fabricate something more advanced, in regards to moving the frame in front of the dethatcher... It's just bolted on, right now.

    The two lower pins could go up some, but the top pin, unfortunately, is limited in how much higher up it could go, before the hook hits the top of the frame...

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    Super easy! Just get some square tubing and bolt the bottoms together. You might want a gusset going from the top of the 3pt frame to the back of the dethatcher frame too. You can bolt or weld them.
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    Lightbulb. I can make the top the bottom and vice versa. I just need to flip all the tines and hardware, and put the boxed lip pointing down! I'm gonna try that first thing in the AM
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisc1985 View Post
    Lightbulb. I can make the top the bottom and vice versa. I just need to flip all the tines and hardware, and put the boxed lip pointing down! I'm gonna try that first thing in the AM
    I have never used this type of dethatcher but isn't the lip to hold weight on the top? I had a similar aerator for use behind a lawn tractor and the lip on it held concrete blocks on top. I guess if weight is needed you could always expand your 3pt bracket to hold some suitcase weights. If it were me I think I would add a brace from the 3pt to the rear at about 45 degrees, leave the lip facing up so I could lay a couple suitcase weights on it, and move the holes up a couple inches. yeah you may have to refab the top bracket a bit but how much time are you going to spend inverting all those tines?
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    I'm faster with a wrench than I am with a welder hahaha. Usually, the lip is there to hold weight, but I think the weight of the dethatcher and the harbor freight quick hitch, it will work well enough. I plan on using tube sand if it's not sufficient, though. I'm also going to see if it absolutely needs angle supports going back before I put them on
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    First of all, welcome to the world of fabrication.... and Plan "B".


    For version 1.0.1, I would just move the hitch from mounting to the inside (bottom) of the de-thatcher to the front, bolting the vertical edges of the hitch and the pan together.

    Like suggested, I would run a couple braces at a 45 degree angle from the hitch to the back edge of the pan.

    I'd test it out without weight and then add a little bit of weight at a time until you got enough for the tines to bit just enough to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    First of all, welcome to the world of fabrication.... and Plan "B".
    So True.
    I've been as far as Plan "D" a few times.
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