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    iMatch Cost Hard To Accept

    I usually don't quibble over tool prices especially when the tool is well built, reliable and easy to use or time saving but I really have a hard time with the price of the darn iMatch. Even with the15% off promotion right now I just can't do it. Don't get me wrong, it looks well built and from what the folks that have them say, it seems to be reliable but I think I would have to be switching out rear implements every day before I might be able to justify the cost per convenience. Any options out there that are easy on the budget?
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    I have the Harbor Freight one and it just seems cheap. Wish I'd gone for the iMatch. The HF one was easy to buy, but now every time I use it I just don't care for it. In my mind I would have been annoyed with buying the iMatch, but after that I'd be happy with it every time I use it. If I saw an iMatch come up for sale locally I'd probably pick it up.... Just my $.02 Beings this tractor will be with me or one like it for a long time, I'm sure the cost of the iMatch won't be as big an issue down the road. I can't imagine not being able to keep it if I trade for another tractor. It's compatible with a few frame sizes so unless you get a way bigger setup it'll work. If you do happen to sell it I bet you get a lot of what you paid for it back as JD stuff has a great value from a resale standpoint...

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    I won't disagree that the iMATCH is a little over priced but like many things in life, you get what you pay for.
    Oh, and the iMATCH says John Deere on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j. white View Post
    I usually don't quibble over tool prices especially when the tool is well built, reliable and easy to use or time saving but I really have a hard time with the price of the darn iMatch. Even with the15% off promotion right now I just can't do it. Don't get me wrong, it looks well built and from what the folks that have them say, it seems to be reliable but I think I would have to be switching out rear implements every day before I might be able to justify the cost per convenience. Any options out there that are easy on the budget?
    There are options, some requiring a compromise, either in modifications required or a quality compromise. Much depends upon the actual implements you are using. If you have non Deere / Frontier PTO driven implements, you will have to see what modifications, if any, will be necessary for PTO shaft clearance and top hook function.

    I haven't seen any I Match compatibility issues with any Category 1 implement, regardless of implement brand or manufacturer, but that isn't the case with some of the non I Match options.

    From Harbor Freights offering to Northern Tool, choices exist. I guess it's a matter of where you want your price point to be. Of course, you can always just forgo the attachment all together and manually connect 3 point implements if you are rarely attaching or changing them.

    Personally I find the benefit of the I Match to be not only it's ease of connection but not having to physically get between the tractor and implement especially to manually make adjustments to get the implement attached. Once the implement is secured on the I Match, then making the PTO connection is safer and easier as the I Match has the implement position secured and gives you extra distance between the tractor and implement based upon it's design, by moving the implement back several inches.

    There are options, for sure. Just be aware of any concessions or necessary adjustments you have to make to have the alternatives work as the I Match does right out of the box. Also, if you do need to get parts in the future for the latching mechanisms for the Non Deere options, are they available or will you have to throw away the unit and purchase another?
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    I have no issues with our HF quick hitch.
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    LOTS of other options out there at cost points from sub $100 up to and probably more than JD.

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    HF
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    Power king
    Agri supply
    Nor trac ( Northern tool)
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    Grizzly
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    All I'm going to say is I wish I had one of any brand name. The QH05 from landpride? (the orange tractor dealer) doesn't need any cat. 2 and 3 spacers or whatever you call them, for it.
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    I also have the HF one.

    Is it perfect? No. Does it work, yes. I haven't used an iMatch so I can't say for certain that it doesn't have the issues I have had with my HF version. It may. in general there isn't much to it. It really comes down to hook placement and what you are attaching. I don't attach anything to it that is John Deere other than the tractor.

    I don't use it all the time either. When I do use it, I am glad it its there. So much easier than messing with the arms one by one.

    EDIT: I should add that I modified mine a bit. I adjusted the top hook to best fit my blade and Heavy Hitch. The top hook had to be so low that I only could fit one bolt in which was an issue. Also the bolts were in the way for the Heavy Hitch. So once I realized I wasn't going to move it. I cut the bolts down and welded them in as pins so they a flush. Then welded a bead along the side of the hook to the mounting bracket. I can't move the top hook anymore but I don't need to. Never had an issue since setting that top hook in a fixed position.
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    I bought my QH from cabella's for about $250 (I believe branded by Woods). took a while for them to find them out back on the pallets but it was a new item for them and not yet unloaded. My main use was to attach my frontier blower as it always fought me each winter. I have since added bushing to my BB and draw bar with no connection issues. My only complaint is the plastic on the release handles have cracked so I wrapped them in black electrical tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    LOTS of other options out there at cost points from sub $100 up to and probably more than JD.

    In no particular order:
    Landpride
    Speeco
    HF
    DR
    Power king
    Agri supply
    Nor trac ( Northern tool)
    Ranch-ex
    Grizzly
    Woods
    ^^^ what he said!! BTW, there are BETTER built quick hitches out there than the iMatch. Not necessarily cheaper, but definitely better. I had both a new adjustable hook iMatch and a Land Pride QH15. After using both I sold the iMatch and kept the QH15.
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