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After being a member here for several weeks and after buying a Case 222, I am almost embarrassed to ask this question, but here goes.
I know what a 3 point hitch is, but why do they call it that rather than a PTO? :headscratcher:
 

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2 different animals
the 3 pt attaches the implement to the tractor
the PTO powers the attachment if it "moves", i.e. mows / bails / tills / splits wood etc
a plow would be mounted on a 3 pt but would not need a PTO
 

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Keep asking questions and someday you will be able to answer to other people. Don't be shy , it has been in my favour a few times already and only joined the forum Sept. 9 /11. :canada: :wave: oldfrank.
 

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Ariena said:
After being a member here for several weeks and after buying a Case 222, I am almost embarrassed to ask this question, but here goes.
I know what a 3 point hitch is, but why do they call it that rather than a PTO? :headscratcher:
Ariena - An easy way for you to remember: PTO stands for Power Take Off. 99flhr addressed this when talking about implements that need hydraulics to make them function like the tiller or any rear mounted implement requiring hydraulics.

The 3-point remember is exactly that. Mounted to the rear of the tractor it has 3 points where implements attach to the back of the tractor i.e. two Lower Lift Arms or Links and one Top Link (the Top Link is adjustable so you can level what you are lifting if needed) and only used to lift and lower implements.

Kenneth
 

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Ariena: :goodpost: :thumbsup: Just to add, the three point hitch allows for the universal attachment of many different implements by different manufacturers to tractors. All "our" garden tractors and loaders are all Category 0 three point to the best of my knowledge. The full size farm and industrial tractors may be category 1 or 2 three point, utilizing much heavier and larger implements in most cases.
Some examples of three point implements are finish mowers, back blades and plows.
:222: :446: Best Regards, Rich
 

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quit leading the guy astray.....we all know that a 3 point hitch is when a basketball player makes a perfect 3 point goal, then adjusts his trunks before switching to defence. thought that was common knowledge?

kidding, good answers guys.
 

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kungdrew said:
quit leading the guy astray.....we all know that a 3 point hitch is when a basketball player makes a perfect 3 point goal, then adjusts his trunks before switching to defence. thought that was common knowledge?
:facepalm: :sidelaugh:
 
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