A novel three-point hitch dynamometer to measure the draft requirement of mounted implements

https://doi.org/10.17221/16/2011-RAECitation:Askari M., Komarizade M.H., Nikbakht A.M., Nobakht N., Teimourlou R.F. (2011): A novel three-point hitch dynamometer to measure the draft requirement of mounted implements. Res. Agr. Eng., 57: 128-136.
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An adjustable three-point hitch dynamometer with a draft capacity of 50 kN was developed to measure forces on the tractor and mounted implements. The design concept of the dynamometer was based on two linkage frames mounted between tractor links and the implement. The force sensing elements were comprised of a loadcell that was installed between the frames. The system provides variable width and height of the dynamometer links to satisfy a wide range of implement dimensions. All mounted tillage implements at categories II and III such as plows, cultivators and harrows were able to be tested by this dynamometer excluding mounted implements powered by power take-off (PTO). The dynamometer was calibrated and several field tests were conducted to measure the force required to pull a moldboard plow in a clay loam soil. The calibration showed a high degree of linearity between the draft requirements and the dynamometer outputs. Field tests showed that it was able to function effectively as intended without any mechanical problems.
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