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    3PH Receiver solution / In need of Captain Obvious

    I made one of these for my tractor. Works well, but it's hard to align when backing up and I need to remove the ballast box to use it.

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    So I bought one of these instead so I can move trailers with the FEL and face forward:

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    Here's the question. How the heck are you supposed to see what you're doing? What I've been doing is angling it so that the ball sticks out past the edge of the bucket and I can see it. Otherwise it's just a guess. The whole idea is to NOT get off the tractor to pick up and move a trailer!

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    You need to get yourself a quick hitch and you can easily change from ballast box to trailer mover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    The whole idea is to NOT get off the tractor to pick up and move a trailer!

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    My solution won't completely help with that, but it's to get an Imatch (or similar) quick hitch so you can easily drop the ballast box from the seat and get off to effortlessly hang the trailer mover on it.

    We also sell a receiver that mounts on top of the bucket to help move smaller trailers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcabe5 View Post
    You need to get yourself a quick hitch and you can easily change from ballast box to trailer mover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    My solution won't completely help with that, but it's to get an Imatch (or similar) quick hitch so you can easily drop the ballast box from the seat and get off to effortlessly hang the trailer mover on it.

    We also sell a receiver that mounts on top of the bucket to help move smaller trailers.
    Or...

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    I suppose I should point out that this is an old 650 and the quick attachments on the new tractors aren't really an option. Top of the bucket won't work with at least one of the trailers since the ball won't fit under the tongue without a really long drawbar holding it.

    I could rework the ballast box, but I wanted to face forward. I had thought, without really thinking of course, that the Titan thing was a dead nuts simple solution. I figured I was missing the point, but maybe not?

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    If you are going to use what you have in the picture then you will not have that good of visibility with it hooked up to the bucket. That's just a fact of life you will have to deal with if you use it. You will probably see better if it was on a set of forks but depending how much tongue weight you have on the trailer it might not do the forks any favors.

    Like others have said, get an Imatch hitch. Makes very easy to remove the ballast box. You should also get a Heavy Hitch to mount to the Imatch. It is ideal for serving as receiver for a trailer hitch etc. You can also mount weights on it for ballast although the suitcase weights are not a cheap solution to ballast, I know I have them. This particular solution is not a cheap solution but works well if you have the money to commit to it. The hot rod concept of "Speed costs money, how fast you want to go" applies with tractors in how well you want it and/or your attachments to work.

    You just have to realize that using implements and attachments is really a series of compromises. You will find that many attachments and implements do the same task (ie box blade vs rear blade vs land plane) but it's up to you to decide what works best for you, is within your budget, or if you are willing to deal with some flaws (like can't see what I am hooking up) etc. The trick is to figure out what works best before you spend your hard earned money on something.
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    Mount the hitch right close to the end of the bucket. Tip the bucket back just enough to see the ball and coupler. I have a receiver welded into the top center of the bucket per the combined wisdom of the internet but the hood still gets in the way. I welded up a receiver that attaches on one end of the SSQA so I can see it on the side of the hood.
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    You could always rig a cheap back-up cam to the bucket:

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