Safehitch in action on farm kit

A device developed by a farmer and engineer in Monaghan, Southern Ireland should make life easier when hitching up to implements.

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Called Safehitch, it consists of a zinc-plated steel bar that connects to the lower link arms via a set of brackets.

The bar has pre-set increments identified by numbers which correspond to the spacing on the implement. 

Widths of various implements can be measured and allocated a number which matches up with that on the Safehitch.

This means the operator can set the Safehitch before climbing into the cab, reverse up to the implement and connect first time.

The patented system was developed by engineer Jim Cassidy and part-time farmer Pat McKenna.

“In the light of the number of injuries and fatalities in recent times on farms, Safehitch has an important role to play in limiting risk in this crucial area of hitching implements to tractors.”
Jim Cassidy, Safehitch engineer

“While Safehitch is a labour-saving device, we view it primarily as a safety feature,” says Mr Cassidy.

“Many older farmers find it uncomfortable mounting and dismounting to set the lower arms so they  tend to resort to dragging things like toppers into place, opening up the risk of physical injury.” 

“In the light of the number of injuries and fatalities in recent times on farms, Safehitch has an important role to play in limiting risk in this crucial area of hitching implements to tractors.”

The device is on the market for about £70 including UK delivery.