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Ideas to make life better on
the farm typically come from necessity. And that holds true for Jay Potter.
When Potter was frustrated with the shortcomings of the top links currently on
the market, he decided it was time to put pen to paper. So he began drawing the
design for the first HydrauLink prototype, a self-contained air-over-hydraulic
ram (or top link).
HydrauLink promises to solve
the age-old problem of the shortcomings of a standard top link.
“A replacement for all
standard top links on tractors, this device saves time, is easier to use, and
is self-adjusting, which gives you more time on the tractor and less time
behind it making adjustments,” says Potter.
Most top links are difficult
to manage and often require large pipe wrenches or long steel bars to adjust or
install. Since it’s necessary to adjust these connections on a regular basis to
keep the implement you’re attached to working the way it should, valuable time
Before HydrauLink, the only
solution to the old screw-type system was hydraulic rams that had to be
permanently installed on the tractor. Those may have cost more than $1,000
(total cost including installation). Yet you still wouldn’t get the benefit of
the floating cushion that makes the job easier and quicker for the operator.
According to Potter,
HydrauLink can be installed without tools in about three minutes by one person,
and he says the air-over-hydraulic system used by HydrauLink greatly reduces
the need to adjust frequently.
“The air in the system
delivers a cushion, allowing implements to self-adjust to a small degree. With
the twist of a hand-adjustable valve, more dramatic adjustments can easily be
made, which saves time and labor,” he says.
This patent-pending device
can be used with a number of implements including tillers, box scrapers,
spreaders, mowers, graders, plows, and disks.
Ready to go right out of the
box, HydrauLink will retail for under $300, and it comes with a one-year
“By 2011, we are hoping to
have HydrauLink licensed and available through a number of large manufacturers,
like John Deere, Kubota, and Case IH,” says Potter.
In the meantime, Columbus
Hydraulics Company, Columbus, Nebraska, will be manufacturing the device and is
excited to be involved in such an innovative idea.
“People familiar with
tractors and implements are going to see the benefits of HydrauLink right away.
Once they get their hands on one and put it to use, they won’t ever want to be
without it,” he says
Tri Trac Innovations, Inc.