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 12-19-2003, 00:46 Post: 71669
REX HENSRUDE
2003-12-19 00:46:40
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I WAS LOOKING AT THE I-MATCH SYSTEM OR A AFTERMARKET FOR .MY QUESTION IS DOES ANYONE HAVE AND USE THE SYSTEM?HOW DOES IT WORK FOR YOU?DO YOU HAVE TO BE ON LEVEL GROUNDMY 4310 OR CAN YOU BE OFF A LITTLE? I JUST HATE THE THOUGH OF HOOKING UP IMPLEMENTS SO IF IT WORKS IT WOOD BE WORTH THE MONEY.
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 12-19-2003, 06:34 Post: 71677
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Rex,
I have an IMATCH system works great. However it only works with selected JD attachments. It is really great when I want to drop my MX5 on anything other than level ground. Seems all of these quick hitch types have some drawback. My dealer threw in the Imatch on my deal...






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 12-19-2003, 06:43 Post: 71678
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Rex;
I bought my 4610 with it and love it. It helps to be on level ground as you need to line up the lower links first and then slide the upper in. The only inconvenience(s) I've found are (1) it adds a little length, and (2) it makes it a bit of a contortion act to hook up the PTO on my M6 cutter deck. But switching back and forth between implements is great. Also, while I'm sure not designed for it, it makes a great chain/drag hook platform for logging. I hook up the chain to it with the tongs hanging down between the lower two hook, back up to the log, put the tongs on it, and lift the 3 pt hitch and away we go. I've done it with 30" diameter, 25' logs and it drags 'em right out.






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 12-19-2003, 10:10 Post: 71705
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I have and really like the iMatch system. Unlevel ground isn't a problem for me because I have top-and-tilt. The upside is that I can change rear implements in less than a minute without getting out of the seat (well, you do have to hook up the pto on those implements requiring it). The downsides I see are the implements are a few inches further back and iMatch compatible implements are harder to find than regular ones.






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 12-22-2003, 18:43 Post: 71959
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The other weekend I was cruising thru the Tractor Store and noticed a quick hitch frame. I think the price was around $170. Is this offering anything like the Deere iMatch? Which implements are iMatch compatable? Deere or TSC.

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 12-23-2003, 06:30 Post: 71982
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The one at Tractor Supply sure looks the same. It would be worth taking some measurements to compare the dimensions. I believe that all of the new Deere implements for the 4010 series tractor are IMatch compatable. If you buy non-Deere implements you should check with the place you are purchasing from or take your own measurements.






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 12-25-2003, 13:39 Post: 72179
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I had an iMatch and returned it to my JD dealer. Picked up one (then a 2nd) at TSC which has an adj. top point (unlike the iMatch) which is a must for non-standard implements. Will work with almost any implement.






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 12-25-2003, 15:01 Post: 72184
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I looked at the TSC version of the I-Match while at TSC a few weeks ago. Maybe this one had been setting outside for a long time and got rusty. It seemed like it was not of the highest quality. How well do the TSC models hold up and work? I was thinking of buying one to skid some logs with a set of lift tongs.






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 01-08-2004, 13:38 Post: 73454
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I have no complaint about the TSC model. I use the same one on my 2210 as my 4700. Contrustion seemed very comparable to the oem JD.






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 01-08-2004, 14:55 Post: 73459
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The "Quick-Hitch System" has been around for a long time. I believe the U.S. Patent ran out recently and that is why J.D is able to offer the i-Match. Believe I have a copy of it laying around somewhere. Farmers use it on their big equipment, however, in bigger category II or III frame sizes. It (Q-H) does have a limited adjustment on the upper link allowing you to pick up varying implements with different vertical mast height spacings. The problem is when you go back to the other implement you need to re-adjust. However, if you had all Land-Pride stuff or KK stuff they may have had the same spacing.

The i-Match is great for the beginner that wants to buy all new attachments and have everything fit. JD has done a beautiful job in marketing the system. If you have some older implements the Q-H system may be better if the spacing is within the adjustment range. If the finish on the TSC system isn't to you liking a can of JD green is $4.49 or red, orange, yellow blue or black also works.

There are a number of other quick-change systems out there. The Delta Hook and Freedom Hitch are the most popular in advertisements. I've never used either. The Freedom Hitch has an implement section and tractor section. The implement section is adjustable. You could purchase several implement sections and you can quick-change non-standardized implements. Technically it sounds good.

I don't change implements that often and have learned to do things the hard way like we always did back on the farm. I get off the tractor and shake & wiggle till it fits.

To the best of my knowledge, the mast height on i-Match is 11 1/4" from center line of lift arm pins to centerline of top link pin in a straight vertical path.






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