I am considering my options for setting up a hitch for towing large (26' boat) and small (4x8 landscape) trailers around with my 8N. Seems like I have two options. 1) is some version of an original drawbar setup and 2) a 3 point receiver setup. I read Ed Gooding's paper Ford Tractor Drawbar 101, and there was a good point in there about the 3 point lifting up and needing stay bars with the draw bar. I didn't see that same comment for option 2. What feedback do y'all have on setting up this hitch and precautions I should keep in mind so I don't flip over or damage the tractor or myself?
I shattered the center housing on my 9N by not using the correct towing equipment. I replaced it with the center housing from a 8N and a swinging drawbar. I use this setup for tractor pulls. I need a 3" hole to hook the sled to but you can replace that with a ball or what ever you need. IT is well below the axle so flipping the tractor will not happen. Trust me I've tried several times.
The other, upper assembly is the linkage to the lift arms. I can drop the ball(or hook)under the trailer tongue then capture it with the lift. Pretty handy if I'm moving trailers around several times. Otherwise, I just lock the hitch underneath the diffy and use it like regular receiver.
If you don't have lift arm attached tow bar locked down with strong staybars, then the trailer can lift hitch all the way up to top of lift range, especially dangerous when trailer it pushing tractor down hill. Not great brakes anyway, but when trailer lifting tractor rear, no braking & disaster. Bolted on underbelly drawbar is far superior solution.