Farm Progress

New hitch converts semi for planter, implement transport

Bestway introduces the Retriever Transport Hitch that mounts on a semi to transport heavy planters and other implements long distances.

Karen McMahon 2, Editor

August 24, 2011

1 Min Read

The new Retriever Transport Hitch from Bestway easily mounts on a semi tractor to tow large equipment like planters and grain carts across long distances. A semi often is more practical to transport large equipment many miles than a tractor.

The new hitch mounts on the fifth wheel and frame of a tandem axle semi tractor in five minutes, according to Bestway. The hitch has its own hydraulic system that attaches to the planter or other equipment with a 2-pt. Quick-Attach hitch system. An operator uses a remote control to hydraulically raise the equipment to transport height. The lift is then locked for towing.

The 2-pt. hitch design allows changing from a Cat. 3 to a Cat. 2 system for towing mower conditioners in less than a minute. A removable, heavy-duty drawbar with 12,000-lb. tongue weight capacity is included to handle drawbar-type implements and planters. A built-in hydraulic remote valve allows the folding and unfolding of implements as well.

Price: $7,595. Call Bestway Inc. at 877/390-4480, or visit  

About the Author(s)

Karen McMahon 2


Karen McMahon has been editor of Farm Industry News since 2000. She joined the staff in 1998 as senior editor and previously worked on the company’s National Hog Farmer magazine.

Karen grew up on a crop and livestock farm outside of LeMars, IA, and earned her journalism degree from South Dakota State University. After college, she worked on the local newspaper as farm editor and later started writing for various livestock and crop magazines.

She has written extensively about trends and technology related to corn and soybean production, the equipment needed for row-crop farming, and livestock production.   

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