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I ran into a gentleman the other day that I’ve known for 30+ years. He likes tractors and has a few in his barn. I bump into him every so often, could be 2-3 weeks or 2-3 months in between times. Now I was in his tractor barn about 5 years ago and couldn’t remember if he has any garden tractors, so I asked him. He answered “Yes, 2 110s & a 112”. I asked if they were round fenders and he said yes.
I told him that I bought a 1966 110 back in February that I was working on. He began to tell me about this front mounted PTO he has for the RFs and asked if I had ever seen one. I replied “only in pictures “. He tells me to stop over and check it out sometime.
Well about a week later I stop over and we go out to the tractor barn and I have to pull my napkin out of my pocket to keep wiping the drool off of my chin. 🤤
Anyway, before we wandered around he shows me the PTO sitting in a corner. He tells me that he got it from his father in law 14 yrs ago, who had it on a 112 and ran his hay elevator and silage auger with it. That’s where it has sat for the last 14 yrs., in the corner. He looks at me and says “I’m probably never gonna put it on so if you want it, you can have it”!!! 😳 HAVE IT??? Sure enough, he tells me that I can have it!
Well we start wandering around looking at tractors and I find the RFs stuck in between other tractors. The first one that I run across is a 65’. While looking at it I notice the sleeve hitch bracket bolted to the rear hitch plate and I say “this one had a sleeve hitch on it”. He replied “a what?”. I told him that it was the predecessor to the 3 point hitch, it enabled the use of a plow, disk, etc..
Now cut him some slack, he’s not into GTs, he likes big tractors. He just happens to have 3 RFs. I told him that mine didn’t have a sleeve hitch but I would like to find one for it someday, and get a plow.
So we wander around some more and come across a RF snow blower and mower deck. Sticking out from under a draft plate I spot the sleeve hitch. I said “there’s the hitch” and he said “where?” and I said “right there, that horse shoe looking thing”. His response was “I wondered what that was”.
Again, give him some slack…
He says “ I’m not gonna get a plow for it so if you want it, you can have it”!!!!!!!! 🤯 I told him that was very generous but I couldn’t take it without giving him something.
We continued to look around and as we came across his JD model L I remembered that I have a set of cast iron wheel weights for the models M, L and LA. So, I offered them as a trade and he agreed.
I went back a couple days later and gave him the weights and removed the necessary parts for the sleeve hitch.
I am very blessed to have this gentleman as a friend.

Apparently the previous owner replaced the small parts, one still has the Deere decal.

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The big pulley is badly rusted. His father in law stored it sitting vertical on this pulley on the dirt floor of a barn.
I’m not sure if there’s a fix for it. Also the big pulley guard has been missing for decades.

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Were you able to get the drive pulley for the PTO unit? This would be the smaller pulley that slid into the end of the motor drive sheave. I can get you a picture of one if you'd like so you'll know what I'm talking about. A shame for the large pulley but who knows, maybe with a little work you might be able to make it look good. As for the large pulley shield, don't sweat it as they are easy to fab or reproduce. Years ago I had a local fab shop bend me up three shields, then all I needed to do was weld in the belt guard bracket and cut slots for the mounting bolts. I had a machine shop turn me a couple of the drive pulley's so they can be reproduced too if you don't get back to this guy to find the original one. It still makes me wonder what Deere was thinking when it came to keeping track of these PTO units. At one time I owned 4 of these and throughout the years have seen numerous others. Every one of them have the exact serial number. No one knows how many of these units were ever produced or even how many years they were produced. As far as I know, this 540 PTO unit is the only attachment that Deere offered that can't be dated (released in 1965) for a production run or quantity release.

As for the hitch parts, it looks like you grabbed all of the necessary parts. The black pieces were purchased after market meaning after the round fender production was over. The lifting cable appears to have been purchased in the '80's or early 90's and will most likely be just a bit longer than the original cable. The finger link with the decal still on it was purchased in the mid to late '70's. Everything else is original to the '60's Era.

You did very well on gathering new accessories for your tractor. Don't know how much your wheel weights weighed that you traded him, but in most cases, weights are priced at $1-$2 a pound. The hitch is easily worth $200-$300 and if you get the remaining PTO unit pieces, you could be looking at around $350-$400 for it. Although the friendship is more important, you may have gotten the better deal.
 

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^^^^ I enjoy reading your post as most of them have a wealth of knowledge in them.
I did not get the small pulley that you speak of, didn’t even know of it. So do you remove the existing pulley that runs the tractors pto to install this pulley that you speak of?
I will check with him but I didn’t notice any loose pulleys there with the pto.
A picture would be appreciated.

I definitely got the better deal. He wanted to give me these parts but I couldn’t do that, I had to give something in return.
 

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Troy if you ever have a chance or have more made I need the side cover
for my unit. Even plans with measurements and I’d attempt my own.
Have not looked on E-Bay for awhile I missed o e on there a while ago
but they are hard to track down. Think I’d restore mine if I had the side cover for it then it would look better on the RF’s at shows.
 

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Here's the drive pulley for the PTO. It slides into the end of the motor drive sheave and is held in with a 1/4" X 2-3/4" drive pin. Your tractors (1966) drive sheave will accept this smaller pulley as well as a 1965 & 1967 drive sheave however on 1963 & 1964 tractors, the sheave will have to be swapped out for a newer one. I'll try to get some pictures posted tomorrow showing the difference between the two engine drive sheaves so you'll see what I'm trying to explain.

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I'll try to work my way back into the garage tomorrow to grab my shield for dimensions. Fellow member Craig Kline wants dimensions too as he wants to get one fabricated so maybe we can kill a couple of birds with one stone. Heck, maybe I'll get a couple more made for myself while I'm at it. Might even get some pullies made too. 🤔
 

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Check with your friend to see if the pulley is on his 112. Maybe the 112 he has was given to him by his father-in-law and the pulley may still be on it. Would really like to see you have the original before you settle for a reproduction. I know the machine shop is still around and getting the pulley shouldn't be an issue. The fab shop that I used to make the shields however, don't do custom fab work anymore so I'll have to do some research and investigation for a new place.
 
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