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    JD Cart Hitch Coupler Swap

    Has anyone swapped out the factory style hitch couple on their JD cart to a ball hitch style coupler? I see the factory one is hold on with only two bolts.....

    I picked up one of Kenny's 2" bolt on receiver hitches for my X758 so I could use a receiver hitch with a hook or D-ring for pulling stuff. The downside is I have to remove the 2" receiver plate that I got from Kenny every time I want to use my cart.

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    There is a much easier way. Get yourself a combo hitch that goes into the receiver. I made my own by welding a tang on the bottom of the tube but you can get them with a hook, ball and tang all in one. Just rotate around to the one you need.

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    BTW... having a ball style hitch on the lawn cart is a pain.
    Last edited by jgayman; 04-27-2018 at 12:24 PM.
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    The coupler just bolts on,,,



    I feel safer with the coupler instead of a pin when hauling precious cargo,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    The coupler just bolts on,,,

    Yes, but the tongue box channel on the ball coupler cart is much larger than the box channel on the pin cart.

    I feel safer with the coupler instead of a pin when hauling precious cargo,,,
    You have to go with whatever makes you feel safe. I've been towing around lawn carts with heavy loads for 45 years and never had an issue with a pin disconnecting. :-)

    On the flip side, I've seen plenty of ball couplers come loose.

    Did you ever wonder why big farm implements are secured with pins and not ball couplers? :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    BTW... having a ball style hitch on the lawn cart is a pain.
    X2, I agree.
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    I added a ball hitch to my cart and I like it. I have an inexpensive Deere receiver hitch that fits the Imatch and I have standardization now between the cart, log splitter or a trailer.

    The only thing that bothers me that I may change one day is the low to the ground drawbar of the cart. I have to raise and lower the three point if I am going over large humps or changes in grade towing the cart so that the hitch doesn't end up dragging a furrow in the turf.

    I also like having the trailer ball out on the three point hitch. It makes it easier to back the cart without getting the trailer sideways and into the rear wheel.

    I have had no problems so far with a heavy trailer lifting my three point while dumping or anything.

    Heavy Hitch makes an excellent product as well that weights could be hung from combined with the receiver.
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    I use a 2" ball coupler on my 17P for the Gator, Power King & Cubby which all have 1-1/4" receivers added. The 10P uses a pin!
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    I would get an insert for the 1 1/4" receiver and not mount a ball on it, use the hole for the cart pin.

    The only thing I do not like about my cart's pin is bending over to put the hairpin in. Finding the hole in the pin and putting the hairpin in I heard there is a pin that has magnet to hold it in place, no hairpin needed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    I would get an insert for the 1 1/4" receiver and not mount a ball on it, use the hole for the cart pin.
    Kens receivers are 2"

    The only thing I do not like about my cart's pin is bending over to put the hairpin in. Finding the hole in the pin and putting the hairpin in I heard there is a pin that has magnet to hold it in place, no hairpin needed
    I don't use a hairpin for the very reason you said - PITA. I discarded the tiny factory pin almost immediately and replaced it with one of those 4" long red-handled hitch pins. It's heavy and sticks far enough out the bottom that no hairpin is required. It has a hole for a pin should it ever be needed. I've been pulling my 17P trailer and lawn roller over my bumpy lawn for 10+ years and never once had the pin come out. Prior to the 17P I pulled an old metal cart with my 175 Hydro for 20+ years just using a bolt for a pin and it never came out. :-)

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    I have seen those JD magnetic hitch pins (LP63768), $15 at Home Depot. They would be pretty nice also.

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    When you see how the magnetic hitch pin is made you could probably make your own out of one of the red handled pins. Just have to find a donut shaped magnet and glue it on.
    Last edited by jgayman; 04-28-2018 at 09:35 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    The only thing I do not like about my cart's pin is bending over to put the hairpin in. Finding the hole in the pin and putting the hairpin in I heard there is a pin that has magnet to hold it in place, no hairpin needed
    I've been using this same hitch pin I made for our Wheel Horse since 1994. Never had the need for a hairpin or keeper.

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