In Reply to: Re: Nolde posted by Patricia on October 14, 2019 at 08:34:34:
Doubtful you will ever get a consistent response to any question here. Everybody has an opinion.
It's clear your drawbar setup is using the OEM under axle clevis designed for this type of pulling and you are not going to pull a hole in the PTO housing as shown in Dan's picture. He was pulling from th ehousing bolts and that area is not structurally strong enough to handle the loads.
The under axle clevis was intended for this type of pulling and was used with a "swinging" drawabar that had outboard support using the 11 hole 3pt lift drawbar. You have a shop made drawbar that does not appear to have any outboard support. It is rather short and in my opinion should work fine as long as you keep the tongue weight relatively low. I can't tell if it swings side to side or not but if it does and there is no way to lock it solid you may have some control issues.
Which brings us to the aftermarket SDA6 drawbar kits (see picture) which are an improvement over the OEM setup. They replace the OEM under axle clevis and have an outboard support that bolts onto the PTO housing and allows heavier tongue weights. They also have a pin arrangement on that support that limits the swing of the drawbar. They run about $120 and would be an improvement over what you have. You should check to make sure you can remove all of the stuff you currently have - looks like something may be welded to the PTO bearing support.