* 3 Ton Trailer Complete

Posted on June 22nd, 2009 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General, News.

Well the title isn’t exactly right. It’s amazing how many other items were supplied as part of a new ferguson 3ton trailer delivery. I now have everything, except the trailer. By that I mean all the many items supplied with the trailer that were actually attached to the tractor so you can lift, pull and tip your MK2 3ton trailer. I even have an original instruction book.

The original manual measured 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″  and consisted of 23 pages

Take a look at these diagrams from the original 3ton trailer manual. The diagram shows a very early hitch. The brackets and hook were later modified. I have fitted the second, more common, version of the brackets. I also have the FE/MF35 hook fitted as the earlier Ferguson TE-20 hook was thinner.

Now take a look at these  pictures I took of my tractor, below. I have gathered these items together over a period of several years. Trying to buy them all at once can prove expensive. Recently the autohitch part has been fetching very high prices on the internet and at auctions. Recently the tipping pipe has also seen prices double or tripple for an off tractor example. I believe as people have got hold of the autohitch they are now looking for the pipe.  The last piece of the set I aquired was the tipper pipe that connects from the tractors hyrdaulic pump  to the trailers hydraulic ram via a hose to raise and lower the trailers body.  I swapped one of my number plate holders with Roy for the pipe fitted to his tractor when he bought it. A none tipping trailer was also available which didn’t need the tipper pipe.

Tipper pipe showing the end that connects to the trailers flexible hose. This has masking tape over the end to stop it getting dirt in.

Connection of tipper pipe to the back corner of the tractor’s hyrdaulic pump. The thread needed to connect to the tractor is listed in Ferguson manual as two sizes, a: 1/2″ BSF at 16 threads per inch (TPI), b: 1/2″ UNF which has 20 TPI.

The combination of the Auto hitch I have is unusual. the t-bar (lying in the floor in the middle) is from a TE-20. You can tell this as it has the destinctive button shape half way along used to engage the latch which when pressed lowers the hitch. Or when raised locks the hitch in the up carrying position.  The hook (hanging down from the tractor) is from and later FE/MF35 it was fatter than the skinnier TE-20. I have a TE-20 hook but prefer the later fatter type.

As part of Item 4 from the second diagram there is a stud which screws into the tractor rear housing.

Hitch Stud

The stud measures roughly 2.5″ long has at one end 1″ long x 5/8″ UNC thread (screws into tractor rear housing) and at the other end 1″ long x 5/8″ UNF thread (takes a standard Ferguson Nut)

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15 Responses to “3 Ton Trailer Complete”

  1. Colin B Says:

    Hello Tim
    Just bought a trailer (Mark I) as you’ll have seen from the FoFH site. I need the hydraulic pipework on the tractor plus a hose from tractor to trailer. Do you have a contact where I can get the right fittings as you have done a great job on the first part of my problem?

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  4. tim king Says:

    hello tim, i have just purchased a automatic pickuphitch, and i was wondering where i could get the studs that screw into the rear housing from? do you know of anywhere where i can get these from many thanks tim

  5. ploughmyfield Says:

    Hi Tim,
    I bought some not more than a month ago from
    then this is the item you are looking for,

    Ferguson TE20,35,35x,135 Drawbar Mounting Studs (60mm)

    it was about £12 including postage.

  6. ploughmyfield.com » Blog Archive » News Update Says:

    […] I finally remembered to take the spanners with me to Durham so I could fit the hook to the underside of the tractor at Beamish. It’s only been on the list of to do’s for 4 months. They now have all the items for the Autohitch information here […]

  7. Peter Hall Says:

    I noted you had a original trailer pipe on the TEF. Was it original and if so did you need to replace the seals. I have just aquired one and need to renew thew seals but how to get it apart is the problem and were do I get new seals. Any help would be appreciated.


  8. Chris McHale Says:


    I’ve just purchase a swinging drawbar for my Grey Fergie and the 5/8 studs will not fit. The four tappings are smaller. Any idea of what size they are as i dont have a full workshop manual

    Kind regards


  9. ploughmyfield Says:

    Hi Chris,
    You did try a 5/8″ UNC stud. C = course. Andnot a UNF stud. F = fine will not fit?
    You did clean out the holes before trying the stud?

  10. Luiz Says:

    Hello Tim:
    For weeks I am looking for 24 knurled wheel studs to renew the hubs of my 3 ton trailer. They are 1/2″ in diameter, with the threads of the nuts of the front wheels of the TE 20 (not sure how to describe this thread) and the total length of 45 mm. Those of the front wheels of the TE 20 has only 37 mm in length. They are short. Can you please help me find them ?

  11. Luiz Says:

    Hellow Tim, again:
    Sorry, but in previous email I forgot to mention that I am writing from Portugal.
    Best regards,
    Luiz de Sá Pereira

  12. bob Says:

    Are the parts from the pick up hitch interchangable with the 35’s then ~ coz on ebay you come across both types, so if they both fit that would be great…

  13. ploughmyfield Says:

    Yes, the parts are interchangeable with a 35. The hook on my tractor is actually from a 35. It all depends on how accurate you want to be?

  14. Quintin Says:

    Hi Tim, thanks for putting all this up. Wonderful reference.

    My main question is how does this work? Does the hitch hold the arms down to allow the flow of hydraulic fluid to the tipping pipe? If you don’t have the hitch on, is the tipping pipe useless, or will the trailer begin raising while the arms are in motion upwards? Does that manual provide any additional details?

  15. ANGELA SMITH Says:

    Hi Tim I have a 3 ton Massey Ferguson tipping trailer. the tyres are corroded and I can’t see the size of the tyres – Can you help with what size I need please. Thank you Angela

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