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Its been suggested that in order to run a second axle I run it in series (out to in and back again). Another idea came about for powering an axle that I connect to a trailer using a second valve.

What I'm wondering about is what it would take to setup a quick-connect so I could plug in that second axle and when I want the tractor to be stock I could disconnect the hose. Doesn't seem like the valve work would be that tricky. Any proven ideas? Would I just use a spare hose with the appropriate quick connect fittings... is there a tee or shut-off needed?

Interested in where this goes.

Nick/gunnarfan
 

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Here is how I would go about it.

On the axle under the trailer, I would determine which motor port caused the wheels to move the trailer forward when oil flow was applied.

I would do the same for the tractor's axle.

Then I would remove the steel line from the OTHER port on the tractor's motor so I could install a 1/2" hydraulic hose onto that port and run it to a bracket on the rear of the tractor. The bracket would have bulkhead fittings on it that would accept that hose on the back side and a quick coupler on the other side. A 2nd hose with the mate to that quick coupler would then go to another bulkhead fitting installed in a 2nd bracket mounted on the trailer. The opposite side of that bulkhead fitting would have a 3rd hose that would go to the motor port that makes the trailer move forward.

The other port on the trailer motor would have a 4th hose that connected to the other bulkhead fitting on the trailer with a quick coupler on the opposite side of it. A 5th hose would have a mating quick coupler on it and the opposite end would connect permanently to the 2nd bulkhead fitting on the tractor. A 6th hose would run between the back side of that bulkhead fitting and the open port on the travel valve.


So.....this set up would allow you to loop the hose on the trailer back to the mating coupler on the trailer when the trailer is not in use, thus sealing up the system from contamination. The same thing would happen on the tractor. When you needed the trailer, you undo two quick couplers and connect the hoses in the same way as you would connect a tiller to the rear PTO.

Doing it this way eliminates the need for a second valve and having to simultaneously control that valve and the travel lever. The travel lever does it all for you

2 sets of couplers

4 bulkhead fittings

6 hoses

2 custom brackets.

Perhaps the odd extra fitting to make the hoses work.

Simple.....effective.
 

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Thanks. This has helped validate that I'm not entirely crazy.

Part of the motivation is to allow for connection of a 3 point hitch for a tiller etc.

Trying to make for versatility here.
 

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Whoa......hang on just a minute there.

What I described is NOT for connecting anything else to it other than the trailer. If you want to put a 3 pt hitch on the tractor, then that gets connected to the same circuit that supplies the mid-mount lift for the deck.

If you want to power a tiller, then you need a PTO Kit for the tractor as well.
 
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