How to Make a 3 Point Hitch for a Garden Tractor

Have you ever wanted to have a garden but just didn’t have the space for it? Well, if you happen to have a garden tractor then this blog post is perfect for you!

I’m going to show you how easy it is to build your own 3 point hitch so that you can attach any implement or accessory from hardware stores. You’ll be able to plant and harvest in no time.

If you have a smaller yard, you may realize that some of your tools don’t quite reach certain places, or they can’t get under low-hanging trees.

That is when a 3 point hitch comes in handy!

3 Point Hitch for a Garden Tractor

What is a 3 point hitch

For most garden tractors, the 3 point hitch is a crucial and indispensable tool for pulling heavy loads.

It’s typically equipped with a T-bar which you attach to the back of the tractor with chains or cables, and then up to two points to lift your load off the ground.

There are specific options when selecting your T-bar such as an alternate type that can pivot side to side in order to help maneuver when needed.

Why do you need a 3 point hitch

A three-point hitch attaches easily to your garden tractor and gives you several different functions/options:

You can attach a mower deck and cut grass wherever there is extra room (a lawnmower isn’t large enough for this). Or you can attach a sickle bar or brush hog to cut back tall weeds, bushes, etc. Also, you can attach a cart to haul wood, rocks, logs, even manure.

And you can attach digging implements or forks to dig up dirt. Or attaching a disc harrow to make planting rows easier.

You are gonna find attaching very easy because of how universal the three-point hitch is. All you have to do is put on the pin and attach your tool as usual.

How to get a 3 point hitch

If this seems like something you want for your garden tractor, there are two ways you can go about getting it.

Make your own 3 point hitch

Building your own three point hitch receiver may seem harder than buying one, but it’s actually much simpler and pretty cost effective.

Plus, if you build it yourself, then you’ll know how sturdy and how well it is, and how it works.

Buy a new 3 point hitch

The Universal 3 point hitch kit is very reliable, strong, and adjustable for different towing applications. And you’ll probably never need another brand!

The Universal 3 Point Hitch Kit goes for about $80.00. This includes two chains, clamps, and couplers.

Although, it’s probably best to go with buying one if you can afford it.

They are constructed well and will last much longer than just building your own because they’re made specifically for garden tractors instead of being universal, like how home-built ones are usually made.

Also, big-name brands like True Temper or Agri-Fab usually provide instructions on how to install their products so that you don’t have any problems installing them on your tractor.

Each kit will have different instructions on how to install it because they are universal, so if you don’t have the instructions on properly setting up your Universal 3 Point Hitch Kit, it’s best to look at how everyone else did when they installed theirs.

The same rules apply when you’re trying to figure out how much weight your home-built one can handle.

When getting a kit, however, I would recommend you buy either Agri-Fab or True Temper because they are top brands that are usually very durable and long-lasting.

The three-point hitch uses two lower connection points and one upper point, which provides a rigid connection.

This allows for the implement to be raised, lowered, or controlled by the arm on top of the tractor’s hydraulic system. 

An additional advantage is that this equipment converts drag into downward force at the rear end. Hence, you get more traction when pulling something difficult, like tilling soil in winter conditions where it becomes slippery.

How does a 3 point hitch work

A 3-point hitch is mounted to the back of a tractor.

It consists of two lift arms and one top link, which can be adjusted depending on whether you want to implement it to stay level or tilt at an angle.

The lift arms raise and lower using hydraulics while the top link keeps them in place so that they are always kept in line with each other as well as being raised higher off the ground when needed for certain tasks such as plowing through large piles of rocks.

3-point hitches have specific sizes that correspond to the size of a tractor’s hole and pin system.

Both holes increase with each increasing category, so an implementation must be suited for the particular size 3-point hitch on any given tractors.

Why there are categories for the 3 point hitch

  1. Category one is suited for small tractors and is considered to be the smallest of the three types. It works the best in soil conditions that are generally not very bumpy or rocky, which makes it ideal for smaller implements such as seeders, cleaners, harrow discs, etc.
  2. The second type of 3-point hitch style is larger but still relatively similar in size to category one. This works well with standard duty implements that are slightly bigger than the average ones used on routine work. Sizes that fit into this category would include mowers, plows & disks.
  3. These hitches are quite large and heavy-duty compared to their relative counterparts because they can handle the much larger weight without having any issues with how it functions at all. This makes it perfect for any large-scale farming and also works well with larger implements such as field cultivators, mowers, and plows.
  4. The final type of 3 point hitch is the largest and comes in its own class due to how much weight it can support while still working perfectly. These take a bit more skill and effort to make, but there is no doubt that they will work like a charm when you get everything set up right, especially if you use them on something like a tractor that has quite a few horsepowers under its hood. This category would be ideal for heavy-duty applications such as heavy harrows, planters, roto-tillers (rototillers), and really anything else you can think of.

How to differentiate 3 point hitch categories

The easiest way to differentiate the categories is by the lift arm pin diameter, which ranges from 5/8 in (16 mm) to 2 in (51 mm).

As the category goes up, implements get bigger and heavier.

A larger tractor with sturdier arms is required for larger implement sizes.

Getting your own 3 point hitch can be easy, convenient, and cheap.

The best way to go is how many manufacturers have gone with universal adapters.

These are typically known as either universal or quick hitches.

They usually start at around forty dollars per kit, but they are definitely the most versatile, convenient, and cheap option for how to make a 3 point hitch for a garden tractor.

Make sure to choose the right 3 point hitch for your tractor.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many options for how to make a 3 point hitch for a garden tractor.

Although this isn’t as critical because it’s about making a 3 point hitch for a garden tractor, consider choosing an appropriate size anyways to save yourself future headaches.