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 04-24-2001, 15:02 Post: 27171
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I've got a 96 JD 870 with numerous 3 point hitch implements. I'm considering purchasing a quick hitch. Question 1 - Are they worth the invetment? Question 2 - Need some help in selecting, i.e. Land Pride, National, or what else is out there?






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 04-24-2001, 16:14 Post: 27172
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Neil, try the link below for the Freedom Hitch. I haven't spent the money to get any kind of quick hitch yet, but the Freedom Hitch "looks" like the best one to me. I got their free video and you might want to do that, too.






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 04-24-2001, 17:05 Post: 27175
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Neil, there are two basic "types" of "quick hitches" from what I can determine. One type is like the LandPride. It is a tractor-side attachment that provides a latching mechanism to more easily attach and detach from the implement's 3-point connections. The other type is like the Freedom Hitch referenced by Bird. This is a two-part arrangement with both a tractor-side attachment and an implement-side attachment. The LandPride type is less expensive because there is only one mechanism you purchase. It's main drawback is that Category 1 3-point hitches are notoriously non-standard, so you may have to adjust the hitch differently for different implements. Also, there are some Cat 1 implements that won't work at all with this type of hitch. (LandPride even sells implements that won't work with their quick hitch!) Other than LandPride, I'm not very familiar with the other brands of this type hitch, although I see them in Northern Tool catalog and other places. The two-piece quick hitches are more expensive because you usually will end up buying an implement section for every implement you use often. They either attach onto the implement's 3-point connections via adjustable brackets or you weld the implement section on permanently, depending on the brand. The big advantages to the 2-piece quick hitches are speed and safety. You don't even have to get off the tractor to attach or detach. The brands that I have investigated are Freedom Hitch, Delta Hook (http://www.deltahook.com/), and the Triangle hitch marketed by Bubco (http://www.bubco.com/QuickHitches.asp). The Triangle hitch is really nice, but expensive. The Delta Hook didn't seem to have as much room for a PTO shaft. Overall, I will probably buy the Freedom Hitch someday in the future as it seemed to have the best balance of price and function.






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 04-24-2001, 17:05 Post: 27176
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I've seen this discussion on various boards, and my overall impression is that due to the minor variations in 3PH dimensions from implement to implement, they are not all that they're cracked up to be. Don't have one, so can't say from experience, but all the arguments against them made sense to me. I have 8 separate implements, and it's not unusual for me to change back and forth 4 or 5 times a day when I'm busy. Never really seen the need. The only implement that is a major PITA to hook up is the log splitter, and I only use that once a year anyway.






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 04-25-2001, 01:49 Post: 27196
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I solved most of my 3ph problems by building platforms on wheels, total cost less than $200. My barn has a concrete floor and hook up is always easy. The post-hole digger is bolted to the wall, and supported by a chain from a custom built stand (2 x 4's). The only problem I have now is the new landscape rake ... which seems especially suited to cause problems. It's too big to put on a platform. I think the two outside points are an inch too wide for my tractor. This rake has me thinking about the Freedom Hitch. I'm hoping that practice will help me figure it out. I'll probably know if a couple of months. Best or luck. JonB






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 04-25-2001, 06:02 Post: 27202
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Like Jon and Paul, I don't have a problem swapping implements. I thought about pallets on wheels, but I just keep implements on blocks. The blocks make it very easy to move an implement short distances with a 5' rock bar. I thought that swapping implements was a problem when I first got my tractor, but the problem disappeared after I gained a little experience. With experience, you should expect to be able to back up to an implement once, most times, and a lower link should drop onto at least one pin or slot. Fine adjustments may be required to line-up the pins. Juggling the 3ph, the side leveler and gentle encouragement by the rock bar, are enough to remove and replace the pins entirely by hand--while looking out for the fingers of course. Implements such as post hole augers, some log splitters, and 3ph pallet forks in my case, remain pains. They fold flat and have heavy carriages that must be lifted to a vertical and supported while making the top-link pin. It's a bit of work, and injuries mounting this type of implement are not uncommon. I guess that's why Jon has his post hole auger bolted to a wall. Anyway, it is something of a pain, but I'm not sure that the supplement hitch systems discussed do much for this problem. It makes my post long, but I'll describe how I mount my pallet forks by myself because I think it may illustrate a problem that is unfamiliar to some and is a reasonably safe way to work alone. My forks are flat on four 10" blocks. I make the lower links and use the 3ph to take weight off one set of blocks so they can be removed. Then, the forks can be lowered to the ground at the tractor end. That provides an angle that reduces the force required to raise the carriage by pivoting it around the pins. Top-link pins are placed in the implement and tractor mounts with clevises around them. A come-along hooked into the clevises is used to raise the carriage. A loop of chain is grab-hooked around the carriage and ROPS for safety. The safety chain is shortened as the carriage is lifted. When the carriage is vertical, the top-link pins and clevises must be removed to make the top-link pin. During that time, the safety chain is essential to support the carriage. The safety chain also is a good idea during the entire lift--and even when several people are available to lift the carriage. The ratchet on my come-along did slip once, and the chain caught the implement after a short fall.






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 04-25-2001, 07:21 Post: 27209
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Neil, I have and use a landpride quick hitch. I'm always swiching emplements.
I would not give it up. But as stated in don't fit everything, what didn't fit did after alittle work (torch & welder)Used with a hyd top link it is a system that can't be beat. I looked at the freedom hitch but since I have over a dozen 3 point attachments it was not cost efective.






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 04-25-2001, 07:52 Post: 27214
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I have a Land Pride quick hitch and have been using it for a couple of years. Before I purchased it, my back and shoulders really complained after I connected a shredder or other implement. The Land Pride cost about $325; what seems to be the same design is available from Northern Tool & Equipment for $200. Once everything is set up the quick hitch is wonderful--fast, easy and minimal physical effort. However, two factors are of primary importance when considering a quick hitch--distance between the bottom hooks and vertical distance to the top hook. You can buy a quick hitch on which the top hook is welded in place and for a bit more money you can get one on which the top hook is adjustable. GET THE ADJUSTABLE ONE!!! I did and was very thankful that I had. Unfortunately, some of the 3 point connections on your implements will probably have to be moved or redone. For example, I had to redo the 3 point linkages on my Modern rear scoop and my Myers crane completely. I was able to use my John Deere shredder and my Bush Hog finish mower pretty much as is; however, I had to substitute a short length of heavy chain for the strap-metal upper linkages or the implements would not be able to adjust to the contours of the land being mowed. The inner measurement between the bottom hooks on my Land Pride quick hitch is about 26 1/2 inches and I have upper hook set at 18 inches. I believe that the bottom hooks on the Northern Tool hitch are a bit closer together. I really like my quick hitch and it saves a great deal of stress on my anatomy; however, it required time, money and effort to get everything set up initially. I also have all of my implements on dollies so that I can roll each one easily behind the tractor and hook it up. I purchased steel castors at Tractor Supply for under $5 each; these take great weight, don't wear out on a concrete surface and don't get flat on one side when standing in one place for an extended period. By the way, I have seen one or two quick hitches made by John Deere (or sold by them), but my dealer was very vague when I asked about them and didn't seem to have knowledge of them.






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 04-25-2001, 09:21 Post: 27217
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 Quick Hitches

I have had salesmen try to pitch these things to me for years telling how much money I would save in change-over time (we do golf course contracting). I have done the math several times and the expense of purchasing the equipment doesn't get paid back for a very long time. However, the change-over of implements is being done by very experienced operators (and strong young ones at that). Others have sworn by them, including a few other 'Pros' I know of. I think the advantage we have is the luxury of being able to put several machines on a jobsite at once, each equipped with a different implement so change-over is minimal. Best of luck.






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 04-25-2001, 11:13 Post: 27228
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TomG, you're right about safety. My first time the post hole digger almost fell on me--and I had help. Now the setup is safety oriented. I also have a safety chain holding it up, in addition to rope that I rachet to raise or lower it short distances. I also have a stand made of 4 x 4 that the bottom links "rest" on. All told, it's held in place in about 6 ways, so the one person connection is simple and easy. JonB






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