To facilitate the process of performing work using a walk-behind tractor, special attachments are used – an adapter. In appearance, the adapter is a special trolley equipped with a seat. Through the use of an adapter, the user can work with the walk-behind tractor in the same way as on a tractor, sitting on the seat and controlling the work process. A special adapter for a walk-behind tractor can be purchased in specialized stores. However, not all users can afford to buy such equipment due to its high cost. Therefore, in this case, each owner of a walk-behind tractor can independently make attachments for his equipment.
Materials and tools needed
Despite the fact that the adapter to the walk-behind tractor does not have a complicated design, its manufacture is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. First of all, before proceeding with the installation of the adapter on the walk-behind tractor, you should familiarize yourself with its drawing, study the diagrams in detail and correct them. Specify the dimensions of the future product. You can download the drawing of the adapter to the walk-behind tractor from the Internet.
In addition, to make such an adapter at home, you will need special tools and materials. To independently craft attachments for equipment such as a walk-behind tractor, you will need the following inventory and materials:
- Welding machine;
- steel sheet (thickness 0.5 cm);
- square pipes (size about 2.5 cm);
- Electric drill;
- electric hacksaw;
- mounts (set).
For the manufacture of an adapter providing for the presence of a steering, you will additionally need to purchase a seat, as well as the steering itself. The key design elements of the adapter are the hitch and wheel lock assembly. The hitch is made of two pieces of square pipe and one piece of water pipe. It is installed directly on the frame of the device and fixed with bolts.
How to DIY
When making a homemade adapter for such equipment as a walk-behind tractor, you must first familiarize yourself with the drawing and scheme of the future product. It should be noted that the scheme of this device can be downloaded from the Internet or you can create it yourself, having made all the calculations and measurements. Then you can start making attachments.
At the first stage of work, you need to create the basis for the future product. When making it, you must adhere to the following sequence:
- Take a rectangular pipe (length 1.7 m), which will be the basis of the fixing frame, and weld a smaller pipe across it (length 0.5 m).
- Next, brackets for fixing the wheels should be attached to the welded pipe (0.5 m). It should be noted that the height of the racks should be about 0.3 m.
To equip the adapter, you can use the wheels of an ordinary hand wheelbarrow. However, it should be noted that the inner part of the wheel hubs taken from the wheelbarrow for the adapter must be enlarged on a lathe. Next, bearings of the appropriate size must be installed on the rings.
At the next stage, spacers should be attached to the main adapter pipe, as well as to the wheel caps. Then, according to the scheme, you need to start assembling the adapter frame. In this case, it is necessary to observe the dimensions and design features of the future product. Then, with the help of bolts placed on the racks of the tip, side pipes are attached to the overall structure. It should be noted that in this case it is recommended to use bolts of large diameter, since they will have to withstand significant loads.
Next, a channel must be attached to the rear part of the frame. It should be noted that the rear channel and the side pipes should be the same length of 40 cm (the frame should be square). Next, you need to attach a three-pronged handle 19.3 to 50 cm long to the frame. Another additional lever 75 cm long should be attached to the handle from the side. It will be used to increase the forces applied to the handle. A steel plate should be made into a footrest and welded to the frame near the seat.
Such attachments, made at home, will be easy to use when cultivating virgin land or when harvesting hay on arable land. If necessary, the adapter design can be supplemented with a special shaft, which is used in winter to clean and remove snow blockages.