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 12-06-2007, 18:20 Post: 149031
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Hi guys, I am curious as to how many people would be interested if Kubota was to offer a 3-point quick hitch. Additionally, if you would be interested, what type of design would you prefer? A male and female two piece type quick hitch, perhaps something just for the lower links, or a fixed 3-hook design such as what Land Pride offers? Last but not least, how much would you be willing to spend on something like this? Thanks.






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 12-06-2007, 20:12 Post: 149033
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I'm not a 'bota owner but I designed and built my own version of a quickchange. It's based on a skid steer quick attach. Size-wise it's taller than a regular skid steer's mounting plate but not as wide. It has hydraulic-activated dual latch pins so you don't have to do anything but back up to it lift and go and throw a valve lever.

I have a few implements that need PTO hookup; that's still done the normal tedious way--but I'm looking for a quicker way to do that too.

The mounting plate has a very large apperature through which goes the PTO. All this is connected by a hydraulic top link which makes a sweet setup (if I say so myself Laughing out loud)

I'll post some pix if anyone is interested once the machine comes in from off the jobsite.






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I haven't used the Land Pride but it looks similar to the JD iMatch, which I have. The basic design is sound but I had to modify a few implements to work with it. So if you go this route here are a few improvements to the design you might make.

- The top hook should have maybe 4-5" of adjustability vertically and be horizontally extendable 4-5" as well.

- The bottom link hooks should be easily adjustable side to side a few inches.

- I've found that Top-and-tilt is very, very useful with the quick hitch since it's often hard to hook up implements on uneven ground. Maybe you could consider a deluxe package that includes hydraulic adjustability.






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 12-07-2007, 09:55 Post: 149044
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I've experimented with almost all of them.

So far it seems the two lift arm end quick latch hooks are the best compromise between speed and flexibility / workability. The type which use a male / female pair get pricey real fast if you have very many implements, and if you don't buy the female side for each implement you still have to take the male half off to use that implement anyways.

IMHO the biggest drawback to ANY quick hitch type setup is the variance in size of a 'standard' Cat. 1 3 PTH frame. The top link seems to be the biggest offender in this aspect.

Until the 3 PTH is truly a standard size it will be a tedious process to design, build or use anything of this nature.

A pair of lift arm ends and a hydraulic toplink go a long way to minimizing the problem though.

As to your specific questions, if Kubota was to build such a thing, it would likely not be on the top of my shopping list, it seems the 'Orange' paint is prohibitively expensive. Wink yeah right

Best of luck.






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 12-07-2007, 12:02 Post: 149047
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Thanks for the feedback guys, keep it comming. As far as that expensive orange paint, the objective would be to be competetive. Don't tell me you wouldn't pay for the extra cost of the orange paint, tell me what you would be willing to pay for. It is all about making the customer happy.






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 12-07-2007, 12:14 Post: 149049
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Sorry if I wasn't clear enough.

IMHO, the arm end type is the most flexible, and the best combination of convenience and usefulness.

That is your potential competition, they already exist and can be had for $179.99.

The full frame type is a close second, it sells for about $300 (depending on the brand).

I know both how costly Orange paint is, and how well made the product underneath usually is. Look at my pictures in my profile, particularly # 6.......

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I have the New Holland factory sliding ends on the lower arms. They're a POS---and expensive to replace as the entire arm is an assembly at $230 each. They started rattling at about 20 hours--so I welded them solid. All that is what led me to make the skidsteer-style quick attach.






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 12-07-2007, 15:06 Post: 149054
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I have 2 Kubota's, one a B and one a M series. They prove Murf's point on cat one not being that std. I like the slip type ends on the M lift arms and those suit me. I do not like any of the quick hitches for all 3 points. The quick hitch ends for lift arms seem to work fine. But and this is so often happens, you have a tractor of Cat 2 using Cat 1 implement and then none of the quick ends seem to handle this well. Same would be true of Cat 0 and Cat 1 or such.

I believe Murf to be correct, Orange paint seems to contain a bit of gold to give it the right tint!

Know what I for one like better and have not used it, Case's creep button to raise and lower the lift arms from the rear of the tractor. I would even like a push pull lever for that.






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 12-07-2007, 16:18 Post: 149055
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That is quite a fleet in pic 6 Murf, those all yours? Just so that I am clear, you consider guys Kubota to be a good product, but one that tends to cost a bit more than others? Thanks.






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 12-07-2007, 17:00 Post: 149056
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Smile

Those are all mine, and that's just the part of the fleet that does snow removal.

As for 'you guys', tractors are kind of like pickups and women, which one's the best and which one looks the nicest depends on who you ask.

As my Grandpa used to say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it all depends on how badly he wants to be holdin' her!".

I have a good friend who loves his Chevy, but admits my Fords stand up better, but he claims he has a 'Chevy butt', it just can't get comfortable in a Ford. To each their own.

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