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 01-25-2004, 10:48 Post: 75006
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I still have the Bad River hitch and use it frequently. It is well made, well engineered and a cost effective tool that I would recommend to anyone.

All three point hitches have certain limitations. I pull up and down hills and I have found that when I am pulling something the same weight as the tractor on downhill turns it will push the tractor into a skid.

Example: My 1800 pound, 16 foot car hauler has very little tongue weight at towing attitude and it will take the 2000 pound tractor for a ride if I am not careful. I think if I were towing a wagon with the same weight it would be more stable due to the steerable front wheels.

On the other hand, my 3800 pound 5th wheel on the same downhill circuit is quite stable and in control. The difference is the 5th wheel has about 700 pounds of tongue weight and is being lifted and towed from the FEL/pallet forks.

The stability is further enhanced because the tractor front wheels are tracking with the skid forces and there is plenty of rear end ballast.

I guess the message is to be careful with any three point ball hitch and heavy loads. The three point ball hitches are really great for dragging chain harrows and pulling wagons and trailers as long as they don't exceed the tractors weight.

I am going to experiment with pulling the car hauler from my newly designed front/FEL hitch to see if it is a safer pull.






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I've got the I-match version of the Bad River Hitch and I can vouch for it's high quality construction. The company has also given me great support and responds promptly to email questions.






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Ken, have you got any pictures of your hitch on the I-Match set up you can post? I am curious as to how that configuration looks. I like the draw bar design in this hitch as it allows for other uses attaching log skidder cables in the holes in the draw bar which would allow you to skid more than one log.






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I'll take a few pictures and post them, but it will probably be tomorrow before I can get to it. I'll let you know when they're up.






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Besides the easy of mounting, are there any other advantages using the I-Match with the hitch? Did all of the hardware to attach it to the draw bar come with it?






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I think ease of mounting is the only advantage of the I-Match version. I supplied the drawbar and some bushings and everything else came in the box. I-Match expects Cat-3 pins, or at least I think they're Cat-3, so the bushings are used to bring them up to the required thickness.






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 01-26-2004, 08:09 Post: 75085
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 Three Point Ball Hitches Notes and Observations

Mark sometimes it might just be the tandem axles that help push you when coming down a hill that will make the trailer push you straight.






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If you don't mind a little scraped paint on the back of trailer the up function on the 3pth usually does a pretty good job of slowing down a trailer.

A little experimenting to learn just how far you can lift before the back touches the ground is handy so that you can add a little more tongue weight to the hitch.

The other option is to merely install an electric brake controller on your CUT, we have several set up that way, connect the wire to the electric brakes on the trailer, then just push the button to stop. Fast.

Best of luck.






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 Three Point Ball Hitches Notes and Observations

Anytime you use a heavy trailer outweighing your tractor or tow vehicle caution should be taken. Substantial weight on the tongue is important. It is also important to have and use a safety chain such that the 3 pt. hitch doesn't push up. I tried to load a picture of an i-match hitch adapter but haven't figured out how to get my pictures up. I've gone through all of the steps and uploaded or atleast thought that I did. I push my triple axle flat bed around with my Bad River hitch adapter all of the time but don't have severe grades, but back through and up a step to get on the barn floor which causes the tongue to rise until the safety chain takes over.






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It is definitely about grades and tandem axles. I usually only use the tractor to spot the trailer in a tight spot so I can certainly limit the problem.

I would like to pull my 225 gallon water tank around but it has the same problem. I think a set of running gear, like a farm wagon set-up where the front wheels steer, might work a lot better.






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