Here is a list of interesting and useful gifts for your tractor-holic.
If you haven’t seen the associated video, take a look at it here for the introduction:
Here is the list of items discussed in the video.
Deere Deluxe Spinner Knob
First up is the nicest looking spinner knob I’ve ever seen.
Spinner knobs are not common on automobiles, although they were sometimes used many years ago with manual steering. In those cases, it took many turns of the wheel to make a tight turn. Now, refined power steering optimizes the steering to make it work smoothly and simply.
The 1023e/1025r power steering works well too. However, a spinner is useful in many scenarios where quick turning is required. For instance, mowing around obstacles requires lots of quick turning to be efficient.
Some folks don’t find the spinner useful, and perhaps even find it to be in the way. Having grown up with them on every tractor we had, I find it hard to do without one.
I used to recommend a “prettier” knob. However, over time, these have proven to be difficult to install, as well as to keep attached. While this knob is not quite as attractive, it WORKS. It installs on any steering wheel that I have tried, and it has been reliable for the long term.
Differential Lock Pedal
Why didn’t Deere include a pedal on the differential lock rod from the factory? Many folks smarter than me have asked this question. Presumably, they left it off purely for cost savings.
In any case, while not a requirement, this is a nice enhancement to your 1023E, 1026R, or 1025R.
This item is $40 plus shipping. You can purchase it from Ken’s Bolt On Hooks
Heavy Duty Seat Springs
“Every time I hit a bump, the seat bottoms out, jarring my back!”
Many of us are having the same experience. Thankfully, there is a remedy. These upgraded seat springs (now zinc plated) are only $30 for a set (2 springs).
Installation is easy, as detailed here:
Receiver Hitch Drawbar
Another feature nearly forgotten on the 1-series is the drawbar. The flat plate with a hole in it is much more like a garden tractor than a real tractor. The heavy hitch 2-inch receiver hitch drawbar plate fixes this. Not only can you attach a drawbar, but you can also use any other 2-inch receiver compatible hitch. For instance, you can use a trailer hitch ball for hooking to a trailer.
If you already have a Heavy Hitch, you are probably thinking that you will hook your trailer to it. While this is fine for short distance moving, it presents problems in some situations. The 3-point hitch is not ‘fixed’ vertically. It can go up at any time without notice. So, if your trailer becomes back-heavy, putting an upward force on the tongue, the 3 point hitch will go upward, potentially dumping your load, or worse.
Imagine this situation if you are hauling your grand-kids on a hay ride. All of the sudden, the trailer tongue raises unexpectedly. This could spoil the fun immediately.
The Heavy Hitch receiver plate solves that problem, as well as several other annoying issues when pulling trailers or other small implements.
$94 (with the TTWT discount) from Heavy Hitch
Ok, Christy just laughs at me for this one. Admittedly in our small yard it is overkill. However, if you have a long driveway, dragging the trash can back and forth can be an annoyance, and if really full, it can be tiring.
This little device changes an annoying chore into “tractor time”.
Less that $47 with the TTWT coupon code.
Oh, and they now have a ‘dual adapter’ so you can haul two at once. Now I’m jealous. I’ll have to get one of those!
Front Quick Hitch Weight Bracket
The value of the Heavy Hitch is its versatility. Unlike the uni-tasker ballast box, the heavy hitch supports many functions. One key component of this versatility is the removable 42lb (or 70lb) weights.
Why not make this system even more versatile by allowing those weights to be used on the front of the tractor?
If you have the quick hitch installed, this is difficult because the QH bracket is in the way of the standard John Deere front weight bracket.
The Heavy Hitch front weight bracket turns that challenge into a feature, using the quick hitch as its mounting point. So, this bracket can be easily attached or removed as needed. You can use the same 42lb (or 70lb) weights you already have.
Lots of flexibility for $142 (after the TTWT discount).
Here is the link: Heavy Hitch Front Weight Bracket
Heavy Hitch Storage Cart
One more item for your consideration. I love my Heavy Hitch (as if you haven’t already figured that out). However, I haven’t talked much about the storage cart I got along with it. Without this cart, I’m not sure I would be as pleased with the purchase. The cart makes the solution much more flexible. The Heavy Hitch is easier to attach/detach because of the cart. It is more portable and easier to store because of the cart.
The price seemed high at first, but now that I have it, I would not be without it.
Get your Heavy Hitch Cart here: Heavy Hitch Cart
Face it, the tractor lover in your life doesn’t want a Tie. He doesn’t want any of that stuff advertised on TV. He wants new gadgets for his tractor. While this list is incomplete, hopefully it can provide a starting point for your Christmas shopping.