Agricultural PTO Drive Shaft

PTO Shaft /  PTO Driveline / Tractor PTO Shaft

A PTO drive shaft is a common piece of equipment in agricultural machinery. This accessory allows agricultural machinery to turn the wheels of other machinery. A PTO is an important part of a tractor, allowing you to control the speed and power of your vehicle.

Applications of PTO Drive shaft

PTO drive shafts are used to power various pieces of machinery. Most agricultural equipment needs some form of power takeoff system to convert the rotational energy from the engine to the implements. A PTO drive shaft is the most common solution. These mechanical devices convert engine energy into hydraulic pressure. PTO shafts are used to pull heavy loads. But when not used properly, they may become defective and cause a faulty machine. If you own an agricultural tractor, you may be wondering how to make the most of your PTO shaft. This gearing system converts the power of the main tractor to the rotation of a PTO drive shaft. In addition, PTO shafts are useful in agricultural practices because they can be connected to a wide variety of work equipment. Here are some of the most common agriculture applications for PTO shafts.

PTO Shaft Application

PTO Shaft for Agricultural Machinery

Power-take-off shafts (PTOs) were developed to provide farming implement manufacturers and tractor manufacturers with a common method of powering implements. As the name implies, these shafts are designed to take power away from the engine, through the transmission.

Most often found in farming equipment, PTO shafts provide power for attached farming implements, which are basically anything a farming tractor pushes or pulls. This includes rotary tillers, finish mowers, sickle mowers, hay tedders, post hole diggers, fertilizer spreaders, and the ever-popular manure spreaders. PTOs can also be used to power electrical generators, which are attached in the same way as regular farming implements. PTO shafts in tractors can be found in front or rear-mounted applications. In addition, live or continuous PTOs do exist, which provide power to the attached implement, even without the tractor is in motion. This is generally accomplished by using a separate transmission for the PTO and the tractor.

What Is a PTO Shaft?

PTO shafts are the connection points for transferring the power from larger tractors to implements. PTO (power take-off) shafts are splined shafts sticking out of the rear of the tractor (compact utility tractors), splined recesses in the rear of the tractor (garden tractors) or splined shafts protruding from some point underneath the tractor. There are industry standards for the speed of these shafts. The recessed PTO on garden tractors turns at 2,000 rpm. It uses the recessed design to prevent connecting an implement designed for the 540 rpm PTO used on compact utility tractors. Implements connect to the PTO shafts using a drive shaft with two or three to provide flexibility.

Agricultural PTO Drive Shaft Structure


PTO Shaft Structure


PTO Shaft Details

Function of PTO Shaft Drive Shaft Parts & Power Transmission
Usage of PTO Shaft Kinds of Tractors & Farm Implements
Yoke Types for PTO Shaft Double push pin, Bolt pins, Split pins, Pushpin, Quick release, Ball attachment, Collar…..
Processing Of Yoke Forging
PTO Shaft Plastic Cover YW; BW; YS; BS; Etc
Colors of PTO Shaft Green; Orange; Yellow; Black Ect.
PTO Shaft Series T1-T10; L1-L6;S6-S10;10HP-150HP with SA,RA,SB,SFF,WA,CV Etc
Tube Types for PTO Shaft Lemon, Triangular, Star, Square, Hexangular, Spline, Special Ect
Processing Of Tube Cold drawn
Spline Types for PTO Shaft 1 1/8″ Z6;1 3/8″ Z6; 1 3/8″ Z21 ;1 3/4″ Z20; 1 3/4″ Z6; 8-38*32*6 8-42*36*7; 8-48*42*8;

The PTO shaft transfers power from the tractor's engine to the implement, such as a tiller or a harrow. Because of this, many pieces of farm equipment have no independent power. By getting PTO shafts, you'll be able to get the right fit and start operating your farm machinery without any problems.

Our PTO drive shafts are made of high-quality material. PTO shafts are made from metal and are enclosed in a plastic sleeve, preventing accidental contact with the high-horsepower turning shaft.

HZPT is a professional PTO shaft manufacturer and supplier in China. We offer a wide range of PTO drive shafts wholesale at reasonable prices. What's more, OEM/ODM is available! Contact us now and get more information!

PTO Shaft Accessories

We can provide PTO shaft from series 1 to 8 and u joint, tube, safety shield, yokes, torque limiter, wide angle joint, overrunning clutch, and all kinds of parts.
PTO Shaft Accessories

 End Yokes for PTO Shaft

 Torque Limiters for PTO Shaft

 Tubes for PTO Shaft

Three Main Types of PTO Shafts

The kind of PTO shafts you pick is dependent on the work you're expected to perform. If you're plowing or mowing or shredding, you'll need a PTO shaft that is ideal for every job and protects your equipment from unnecessary stress, hits or tension.

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Slip Clutch PTO Shaft

Non-Shear PTO Shaft

This is designed to work with equipment that isn't designed to withstand sudden stops. It's a yoke to yoke arrangement. It can be utilized for larger mowers since the motions are effortless and there shouldn't be any resistance or stoppage.

Shear Pin PTO Shaft

It can be used in conjunction with other equipment, such as chipper. The yoke at the end is made of two pieces, and it uses shear pins to hold them in place for operation. The pin absorbs shock when there is an abrupt stop, in order to avoid damage to the driveline.

Slip Clutch PTO Shaft

Slip clutch is made to shield your tractor as well as the connected equipment from damage by sliding internally, allowing the movement of an object when it hits. For instance, when changes in the season, stones and rocks are brought to the surface and when you come into contact with them, you'll want to absorb the shock so that you don't damage the gearbox.

How Do PTO Shafts Work?

How Do PTO Shafts WorkPTO shafts work by allowing a tractor to turn at high speed. A PTO shaft consists of a telescoping tube, a universal joint, and yokes. It is usually protected by a plastic shield and a . When attached to an implement, the PTO shaft allows the tractor to rotate at two different speeds. Typically, these shafts are used in wood chippers, rotary tillers, and mowers.

A PTO shaft works by tapping energy from the tractor's engine. This energy is then transferred to a hydraulic pump, which then builds pressure and moves hydraulic fluid. This movement, in turn, moves energy from the tractor's engine to the implement. A power takeoff shaft is more effective in larger tractors.

PTOs can rotate in either direction, either clockwise or counterclockwise. It is important to note that the direction of rotation should be standardized. This is so that any damage that can occur is minimized. If the rotation direction is distorted, the PTO can cause damage to the implements it is attached to. For this reason, PTOs should not be used in reverse for too long.

PTO Shaft Code Explanation

PTO Shaft Code Explanation

Product # in picture Description
1 The Types of Tubes(e.g: T: L, ST: G)
2 The series of cross kits
3 The Code of Color(YB=Yellow+Black)
4 The Code of Safety Shield Structure
5 Connection Method Pin Connected
6 The Tractor End Yokes
7 The Implement End Yokes
8 Minimum Overall length


How to Measure the Parts of the PTO Shaft

Measuring the parts of the shaft correctly is essential for selecting the correct PTO series dimensions. Each product needs to be measured in a specific way to be consistent with the standard size. Follow these steps to ensure that the correct measurements are obtained and to order the parts required for the tractor.
1. Measuring axis
To measure the shaft, first make sure that the shaft is in the closed position, at which time the shaft is the smallest. Use a tape measure to record the length of the outside of each yoke. This measurement is the closing length. Use this measurement to find the correct series size for the tractor horsepower.
Make sure you also know if there are shear pins, clutches, or splined implement ends.
2. Measure the universal joint
When measuring the universal joint, measure the length from one end to the other. You also need to record the width of one end of the universal joint. Use these numbers to find the correct size of the universal joint.
3. Put them together
You need to make the above two measurements in order to find the PTO shaft parts suitable for your tractor and work normally. You can use the PTO yoke size chart to get the correct size, or use our convenient PTO series discovery tool.

How to Measure a Pto Shaft

PTO Shaft Installation Instruction

Install assembly

Pto Shaft Assemblies

1 press-fit plastic pipe and plastic cap,
2 fill the groove on the horn with oil

Pto Shaft Assemblies
3. Slide the nylon bearing into the groove
4. Align nylon bearing and plastic protective cover


1. remove the nylon bearing clamp (three places) with a screwdriver, and then separate the steel pipe and plastic protective cover.
2. Take off the nylon bearing from the groove of the yokes.
3. repeat the above-mentioned steps for the other side.

How to Remove Pto Shaft from Yoke


Shortening the PTO Drive Shaft

1. Remove the safety shield.
2. Shorten the inner and outer tubes according to the required length, and the inner and outer tubes shall be shortened by the same length at one time
3. Deburr edges of the drive tubes with a file and remove all filings from the tubes.
4. Shorten the inner and outer plastic pipes according to the required length, and the inner and outer plastic pipes shall be shortened by the same length at one time.
5. Grease the internal drive tubes and reassemble them with a safety shield.
Check the minimum and maximum length of the driveshaft installed on the machine. In working condition, the drive tubes should overlap 2/3 length and the plastic tube should never be separated

How to Shorten a Pto Shaft

Lubrication of the PTO Drive Shaft

Frequent lubrication is required. Grease the driveline shaft parts at hourly intervals as indicated on the drawing left.PTO Shaft Lubrication

The same assembly method is used for both types of safety shields.

Cautions when Using PTO Shafts

Cautions When Using PTO Shafts

PTO shafts are moving parts and need to be treated cautiously. Since they do provide a lot of power, they can and will rip or crush anything that tries to mess with them. Guards and shields have been manufactured to reduce the likelihood of serious or often fatal injuries, but care still needs to be taken when using PTO-powered equipment.

  • Make sure the PTO shaft is shielded. This includes the driveline shield that covers the implement driveline, and the master shield which covers the universal joint and PTO stub shaft on the tractor.
    Maintain the shield so it can work for you. PTO driveline shields are usually mounted on bearings, so they need to be maintained. Always REPLACE the shield when it is damaged or missing.
  • Keep a safe distance from it when in use. Keep others away, too. How far? A distance of twice your height is a good start.
  • Remember, allow only those who absolutely must be in the area to be there. Keep all children away!
  • Always pay attention to what is happening. Most PTO victims were caught by surprise.
  • If something goes wrong — stop the machinery; take the PTO shaft out of gear, stop the engine and set the brake. Put the keys in your pocket before working on the machinery.
  • When stopping the machinery for any reason — end of work, lunch, repairs, or communication — take the PTO shaft out of gear, stop the engine and set the brake.

More Thoughts About PTO Shafts and Shields

PTO Shaft GuardThe average replacement PTO shield should cost less than $50 according to North Dakota implement dealers, and will take less than two hours to install.
Can you get an ambulance ride to the hospital for less than $50?
How much health/hospitalization insurance can you buy for $50?
Can you buy an artificial arm or leg for $50 or less?
Can you buy a funeral for less than $50?
Can you look at a picture of your wife or family and say that PTO shields are not worth the cost or effort?
A replacement PTO shield is simply the cheapest insurance you can buy. The time spent to install and maintain a PTO shield is clearly the most valuable and productive time you can spend in your life!

PTO Shaft Manufacturers and Suppliers

Ever-power covers an area of more than 12000 square meters and employs more than 100 people. We specialize in developing, manufacturing, and selling different types of PTO shafts, industrial universal shafts, automobile drive shafts, universal joint coupling shafts, universal joints, etc. The annual turnover is 60 million yuan and 9 million US dollars, increasing year by year. Our products enjoy a high reputation among customers in Europe, the United States, Asia, Australia, and North America. We are the top three professional OEM suppliers of many agricultural tool factories in the domestic market. Ever-power transmission shaft adheres to our “QDP” principle: quality first, rapid delivery, and competitive price. We have obtained CE, TS / 16949, and ISO9001 certification, and have systematic production equipment and a QC team to ensure our quality and delivery. We warmly welcome friends from all walks of life to visit and establish mutually beneficial long-term cooperative relations.

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