One of the best, most practical farm equipment inventions was the three-point hitch. Back in the 1960s, nearly all farm equipment manufacturers agreed on and adopted the three-point hitch as the one standard system, so that plows, discs, blades and other farm implements fit nearly any tractor, no matter the brand. Most three-point equipment requires a tractor of 20 horsepower or greater. And check to make sure that your hitch can handle the weight of the three-point equipment.
If you have a smaller tractor with less horsepower, you may need to use sub-compact equipment, which is specially designed for today's sub-compact or small-framed compact tractors with up to 25 horsepower. This equipment looks like regular equipment, and works like it too, but it has a narrower hitch and lower center of gravity to accommodate the smaller tractor.
Use this guide to help you figure out which three-point equipment will best help you work your property.
Ground-engaging equipment turns over, breaks, tills, or roughs up the ground to prepare it for seeding or planting.
Utility three-point equipment saves your back by doing all the lifting, scooping, and digging for you.
Landscaping equipment moves and arranges soil and gravel and spreads seeds and fertilizer.
Cutting equipment is used to control vegetation, whether you're mowing your front lawn or cleaning out fence rows on the back 40.
Hay-handling equipment is perfect for easily moving bales of hay - both square and round - with the front or rear of your tractor.
Diagram of a 3-Point Hitch
The three-point hitch, which looks like a triangle, uses two lower connection points and one upper point.
Your Tractor's Horsepower Determines Which 3-Point Equipment to Use
— Category Classifications
- If your tractor PTO (Power Take-Off) is 15-24 horsepower, you will need to look for category 0, or sub-compact equipment.
- 25-40 PTO horsepower takes category 1 equipment.
- 45-95 PTO horsepower takes category 2 equipment.
- 95 PTO horsepower or greater takes category 3 equipment.
See an expert Team Member at your local Tractor Supply store to find out about special ordering equipment for your tractor.