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* 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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