The IH Fast-Hitch Story: Implement Show-Stoppers Tell 2-Point Hitch History

Fast-Hitch implements draw crowds at farm shows even though the system was short lived

| July 2010

  • Rick Wisnefske's 1953 Farmall Super C with a C-72 blade that can be mounted on front or as a belly attachment. Made for the Model C, it can be used on a Super C with a Fast-Hitch converter. 'It's a little drawbar that hooks into the Fast-Hitch,' Rick says, 'but it's extremely hard to find.' Another unique feature on this Super C: country singer Craig Morgan's autograph on the tractor's hood, a memento of the 2009 Red Power Round Up where Morgan performed in concert.
    Rick Wisnefske's 1953 Farmall Super C with a C-72 blade that can be mounted on front or as a belly attachment. Made for the Model C, it can be used on a Super C with a Fast-Hitch converter. "It's a little drawbar that hooks into the Fast-Hitch," Rick says, "but it's extremely hard to find." Another unique feature on this Super C: country singer Craig Morgan's autograph on the tractor's hood, a memento of the 2009 Red Power Round Up where Morgan performed in concert.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Rick Wisnefske's C-251 corn planter. One of the first implements Rick acquired, this planter is more than a pretty face. 'I used this to plant corn on a 5-acre hobby farm for three years,' he says. 'It worked really well for that.'
    Rick Wisnefske's C-251 corn planter. One of the first implements Rick acquired, this planter is more than a pretty face. "I used this to plant corn on a 5-acre hobby farm for three years," he says. "It worked really well for that."
    Leslie C. McManus
  • From the front: disc, spike-tooth harrow and peg-tooth harrow.
    From the front: disc, spike-tooth harrow and peg-tooth harrow. 
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Mark Peters, shown here with Rick Wisnefske's C-14 harrow plow. 'This is a really rare piece,' Rick says. 'I've never seen another one. Nobody used anything like that around here.'
    Mark Peters, shown here with Rick Wisnefske's C-14 harrow plow. "This is a really rare piece," Rick says. "I've never seen another one. Nobody used anything like that around here."
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Mark Peters' C-10 1-bottom plow. 'It's pretty rare,' he says. 'It's the only one I’ve seen.'
    Mark Peters' C-10 1-bottom plow. "It's pretty rare," he says. "It's the only one I’ve seen."
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Mark Peters' C-20 2-bottom plow. IH implements were built in Memphis, Tenn.; Canton, Ill.; Rock Falls, Ill.; Chicago; Richmond, Ind.; Stockton, Calif.; and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
    Mark Peters' C-20 2-bottom plow. IH implements were built in Memphis, Tenn.; Canton, Ill.; Rock Falls, Ill.; Chicago; Richmond, Ind.; Stockton, Calif.; and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • A C-11 Plow Chief plow from Mark Peters' collection. The trade name refers to the plow's spearhead-like point.
    A C-11 Plow Chief plow from Mark Peters' collection. The trade name refers to the plow's spearhead-like point.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • A C-22 sidehill plow from Mark Peters' collection. 'This is kind of an oddball,' he says. 'When you pull the lever, that shifted the rear of the plow, pushing soil uphill or vice versa. It has what is called a 'scotch' bottom.' The plow is one of the few Fast-Hitch implements made in International's Hamilton, Ontario, plant, as indicated by the letters 'HT' stamped on top of the plow beam. The letter 'C' stamped on a Fast-Hitch prong indicates the implement was manufactured at International's Canton Works. If other codes were used, Mark is unaware of them.
    A C-22 sidehill plow from Mark Peters' collection. "This is kind of an oddball," he says. "When you pull the lever, that shifted the rear of the plow, pushing soil uphill or vice versa. It has what is called a 'scotch' bottom." The plow is one of the few Fast-Hitch implements made in International's Hamilton, Ontario, plant, as indicated by the letters "HT" stamped on top of the plow beam. The letter "C" stamped on a Fast-Hitch prong indicates the implement was manufactured at International's Canton Works. If other codes were used, Mark is unaware of them.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Mark Peters' C-11 roll-over plow, long popular in hilly areas. 'They're pretty scarce today,' Mark says.
    Mark Peters' C-11 roll-over plow, long popular in hilly areas. "They're pretty scarce today," Mark says.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Rick Wisnefske's C-21 mower.
    Rick Wisnefske's C-21 mower.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Mark Peters' C-1 backfill blade. 'I still use my blade,' Mark says. 'The rest of the stuff (he has nearly three dozen implements) doesn't come out of the shed very much.'
    Mark Peters' C-1 backfill blade. "I still use my blade," Mark says. "The rest of the stuff (he has nearly three dozen implements) doesn't come out of the shed very much."
    Leslie C. McManus
  • A C-254A cultivator from Rick Wisnefske's collection. 'They made several versions of the rear section,' Rick says, 'straight, trip bottom and a weeder attachment. There were a lot of things you could do with that.'
    A C-254A cultivator from Rick Wisnefske's collection. "They made several versions of the rear section," Rick says, "straight, trip bottom and a weeder attachment. There were a lot of things you could do with that."
    Leslie C. McManus
  • An extremely rare No. 47 blower, from Rick Wisnefske's collection. 'It's the only one I've ever seen, and I found it a mile and a half from my house,' he says. 'A neighbor used it to blow straw into his barn once a year. I've never used it but I don’t think it would work that well. It'd be easy to move but you had to anchor it.' The piece ran off the belt or PTO.
    An extremely rare No. 47 blower, from Rick Wisnefske's collection. "It's the only one I've ever seen, and I found it a mile and a half from my house," he says. "A neighbor used it to blow straw into his barn once a year. I've never used it but I don’t think it would work that well. It'd be easy to move but you had to anchor it." The piece ran off the belt or PTO.
    Leslie C. McManus
  • Mark Peters' No. 11 side-delivery rake. 'It needed a complete overhaul when we got it,' Mark recalls.
    Mark Peters' No. 11 side-delivery rake. "It needed a complete overhaul when we got it," Mark recalls.
    Leslie C. McManus

  • Rick Wisnefske's 1953 Farmall Super C with a C-72 blade that can be mounted on front or as a belly attachment. Made for the Model C, it can be used on a Super C with a Fast-Hitch converter. 'It's a little drawbar that hooks into the Fast-Hitch,' Rick says, 'but it's extremely hard to find.' Another unique feature on this Super C: country singer Craig Morgan's autograph on the tractor's hood, a memento of the 2009 Red Power Round Up where Morgan performed in concert.
  • Rick Wisnefske's C-251 corn planter. One of the first implements Rick acquired, this planter is more than a pretty face. 'I used this to plant corn on a 5-acre hobby farm for three years,' he says. 'It worked really well for that.'
  • From the front: disc, spike-tooth harrow and peg-tooth harrow.
  • Mark Peters, shown here with Rick Wisnefske's C-14 harrow plow. 'This is a really rare piece,' Rick says. 'I've never seen another one. Nobody used anything like that around here.'
  • Mark Peters' C-10 1-bottom plow. 'It's pretty rare,' he says. 'It's the only one I’ve seen.'
  • Mark Peters' C-20 2-bottom plow. IH implements were built in Memphis, Tenn.; Canton, Ill.; Rock Falls, Ill.; Chicago; Richmond, Ind.; Stockton, Calif.; and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • A C-11 Plow Chief plow from Mark Peters' collection. The trade name refers to the plow's spearhead-like point.
  • A C-22 sidehill plow from Mark Peters' collection. 'This is kind of an oddball,' he says. 'When you pull the lever, that shifted the rear of the plow, pushing soil uphill or vice versa. It has what is called a 'scotch' bottom.' The plow is one of the few Fast-Hitch implements made in International's Hamilton, Ontario, plant, as indicated by the letters 'HT' stamped on top of the plow beam. The letter 'C' stamped on a Fast-Hitch prong indicates the implement was manufactured at International's Canton Works. If other codes were used, Mark is unaware of them.
  • Mark Peters' C-11 roll-over plow, long popular in hilly areas. 'They're pretty scarce today,' Mark says.
  • Rick Wisnefske's C-21 mower.
  • Mark Peters' C-1 backfill blade. 'I still use my blade,' Mark says. 'The rest of the stuff (he has nearly three dozen implements) doesn't come out of the shed very much.'
  • A C-254A cultivator from Rick Wisnefske's collection. 'They made several versions of the rear section,' Rick says, 'straight, trip bottom and a weeder attachment. There were a lot of things you could do with that.'
  • An extremely rare No. 47 blower, from Rick Wisnefske's collection. 'It's the only one I've ever seen, and I found it a mile and a half from my house,' he says. 'A neighbor used it to blow straw into his barn once a year. I've never used it but I don’t think it would work that well. It'd be easy to move but you had to anchor it.' The piece ran off the belt or PTO.
  • Mark Peters' No. 11 side-delivery rake. 'It needed a complete overhaul when we got it,' Mark recalls.

Looking for a show display that’s a guaranteed draw?

Take an insider’s tip from two Wisconsin collectors: implements.

When Mark Peters, Menasha, and Rick Wisnefske, Larsen, set up their display of about two dozen International Harvester Fast-Hitch implements last summer, they practically had to hand out numbers to the crowd. “I got hoarse from talking so much,” Mark says. “I’ve been told I’m very long-winded, but I ran out of wind. People were lined up to ask questions; they were very interested, very curious. Some of them had never seen stuff like this before.”

The irony of the situation is that implements don’t generate much interest – until people see them. “We went to a Red Power Round Up in Pennsylvania about five years ago,” Rick recalls, “and Fast-Hitch was the feature – and they didn’t have a quarter of our display.”

In the old iron category, a vintage implement is an easy keeper. “Implements don’t take up a lot of space, you never have to change the oil and you never have to winterize them,” Mark says. “They’re very low maintenance.”



The 2-point system

International Harvester’s Fast-Hitch, a late challenge to Ford’s 3-point hitch launched in 1926, provided an easy means of attaching and detaching rear-mounted implements. Coupling, uncoupling, depth control and leveling of implements could all be done from the tractor seat.

In 1953, the Farmall Super C was the first International tractor outfitted with the 2-point Fast-Hitch. In 1955, Fast-Hitch was added to the 300 and 400 tractors. The small prong (about 2-1/2 inches) Fast-Hitch was used on the Super C, 200 and 230. Hi-Clear versions of Farmall’s 100, 130 and 140 tractors also used the small 2-point prong. Large prongs (3 inches, measured at the stop welded under the prong) were used on the 240, 300 and above. In 1958, production of the small-prong hitch was discontinued, though some small-prong implements remained in production.

Bob Kuhn
8/16/2012 3:16:42 PM

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