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 07-31-2003, 07:43 Post: 60521
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Hi. I've considered one of the quick-hitch systems for MY JD 4300 but I have a finishing mower with the swinging top link (to allow the mower to follow uneven terrain). Is there a way to use one of the quick hitch systems with this swinging link? Thanks for any advice.






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 07-31-2003, 09:21 Post: 60543
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Before you get that far..... make sure the quick hitch actually matches the dimensions on your mower. Cat 1 implement dimensions are all over the map.

I would also speculate that if the quick hitch is not solidly mounted to the tractor it will be neither quick nor hitchy.






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 07-31-2003, 21:34 Post: 60585
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I have wondered the same thing--are they as effective as they would appear? My local TSC has had the same 4 units for sale for the past 4 years. My concern was the lower link connection looks like there would be way too much play vertically---not to mention width between pick-up points.

Does anyone sell a quick attach system not unlike that found on skid loaders that just takes a second to use?






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 07-31-2003, 22:00 Post: 60587
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I'm not familiar with the skid loader system, but I love my JD iMatch. Of course I bought it with the tractor and made sure the box scraper and rotary cutter were iMatch compatible. I just back up to the implement, hooking the iMatch hooks under pins, raise the rockshaft, then turn around in my seat and close the latches. They're not going anywhere. Of course I need to get out of the seat to hook up the pto shaft, but I can hook up either implement in less than a minute. In fact without ever using a 3ph before I hooked the box scraper up in less than a couple of minutes the very first time I tried it without reading the manual. Top-N-Tilt helps a lot because I can adjust the iMatch to match the orientation of the implement even if it's not level.

While we're talking quick connect I've found the JD bucket attach mechanism to be great too. I can change between my grapple and bucket in a minute or two as well, but I need to make sure I keep things level with it.






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 07-31-2003, 22:13 Post: 60589
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Is the TSC 3ph quick hitch the same one as the Speeco unit? I think the JD iMatch is identical (or nearly identical) to the Speeco's.

I think 3ph quick hitches are appreciated by all who have them IF all their implements fit. It's easier to make sure they fit if you have the hitch first, then buy implements that fit it. The other way around CAN be a challenge.






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 07-31-2003, 22:20 Post: 60591
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Not trying to hijack the thread but I just go my 3 pt. hitch trailer hitch reciever set up. When I get it on the tractor I will post some pictures. I friend I work with made it for me. If anyone is interested, I will ask him if he would be interested in making more. I am thinking about the I-match for a log skidding tong. Ken, is your MX5 compatible with the I-Match? I would like to see how that fits together.






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 08-01-2003, 09:59 Post: 60649
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The MX5 is JD iMatch compatible, and it works great. It seems to float well over rough ground and has enough vertical play to allow me to negotiate up/downhill transitions with ease. The iMatch also adds a couple of inches of lenght to the 3ph so I can make fairly tight turns with the MX5 without hitting the big R4s.






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I have just purchased a Jiffy Hitch - one to hook on the tractor and one for each implement. they were easy to get on and I have their hydraulic top link that works really nice. It does make it easier for this old man to change implements and I do so much more often. The URL is http://www.jiffyhitchsystems.com. Those that are looking - take a look see. I have no connection to the company just a satisfied customer.






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Cooleydd, that is one trick set up. Do you use this on all of your implements? Even the rototiller? Where is the lever for the hydraulic top link? It looks like it is beside the cylinder. Does this work well? What part numbers did you purchase? I am undecided about the regular duty cat.1 or the heavy duty cat.1. I think that I may purchase this set up.






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Talk to them - ask for Ron (tell him I told you to call - that is who I talked to and maybe is the owner). I did the heavy duty side of everything. I have a New Holland TC30 and it works fine. I have it set up for all my attachments - even the rototiller. It sure makes it nice to switch back and forth. Takes a little learning - but after a few times you are off and running.

There is even an offset available for the rototiller (or other implements) if you want. I just received mine but have not installed it yet so have no experience with it. I have also purchased their boom pole that is made on a hitch. Haven't had a chance to use it yet but will soon. They also have some fence equiptment that looks like it should work.

The lever on the top link is easy to reach and works very well. I had a problem with the first hydraulic top link with a very small leak - they never hesitated and sent me another one and a UPS pick up to get the old one.

One thing to remember is that the male and female parts add weight to the tractor. I would estimate that each weigh someplace arounf 70 to 75 lbs - very heavy and sturdy. Doesn't both me but it could on lighter tractors when you are attaching an implement.

I have a Woods rotary mower and I found it almost impossible for me to horse around and get attached - now it is a snap. With the hydraulic top link it can be set open to float back and forth if need be.

Hope this helps. Keep me posted.






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