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    Thinking about a quick hitch

    I got a 1025R TLB last month and just recently put the three point hitch on. I've found it's a pretty major hassle to swap between my box blade and tiller. I know the quick hitch will help with swapping between implements, but I'm also wondering if it will speed up the process of installing/removing the three point hitch when it comes time to reinstall the backhoe. Anyone have any thoughts?

    I'm also considering getting the Harbor Freight quick hitch rather than the JD iMatch. Are they functionally any different if I swap in a different top hook that extends further out from the frame?

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    Pat's Easy Change System (ECS) is the route that I went for a quick hitch some years ago. I would strongly consider the testimonials from their website and this forum while considering your choice. Many of the testimonials on this forum are mine, as I purchased my ECS after a failed experience with a Speeco QH.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kelchm View Post
    I got a 1025R TLB last month and just recently put the three point hitch on. I've found it's a pretty major hassle to swap between my box blade and tiller. I know the quick hitch will help with swapping between implements, but I'm also wondering if it will speed up the process of installing/removing the three point hitch when it comes time to reinstall the backhoe. Anyone have any thoughts?

    I'm also considering getting the Harbor Freight quick hitch rather than the JD iMatch. Are they functionally any different if I swap in a different top hook that extends further out from the frame?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelchm View Post
    I got a 1025R TLB last month and just recently put the three point hitch on. I've found it's a pretty major hassle to swap between my box blade and tiller. I know the quick hitch will help with swapping between implements, but I'm also wondering if it will speed up the process of installing/removing the three point hitch when it comes time to reinstall the backhoe. Anyone have any thoughts?

    I'm also considering getting the Harbor Freight quick hitch rather than the JD iMatch. Are they functionally any different if I swap in a different top hook that extends further out from the frame?

    I have both the HF and JD quick hitches. I can tell you that there is a world of difference in the quality between them. However, the HF unit is much cheaper, both in price and quality. Your choice.

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    I have the HF unit. It works just fine for me at 1/4 the cost. After having just bought the 1025r TLB with a bunch of implements, I couldn't afford the green paint, as much as I wanted to. It does make it easier to swap between all my implements, but my Frontier box blade doesn't work with it due to gussets by the bottom pins.

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    I used the HF quick hitch and it is just fine. Buy the replacement top hook, and it solves all the potential problems related to fitment of some implements up there. Replacement / propper hook for Harbor Freight Quick Hitch
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    Quote Originally Posted by PikeCoGreenTractorMan View Post
    Pat's Easy Change System (ECS) is the route that I went for a quick hitch some years ago. I would strongly consider the testimonials from their website and this forum while considering your choice.


    Brian

    I had, or still have, a HF QH. My implements are a myriad of brands, none of them JD. I got sick of fighting with my implements, trying to get them to fit the HF QH. I bought the Pat's ECS and have never looked back.
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    I don't have 3-point implements mounted too often, so I can't rationalize a Quick Hitch. I'm still agile/healthy where I can get them mounted without issue. I do have all my implements on some form of wheel/caster storage device. Not only does that make it handy to move them around the shop, but it does make mounting them far easier. It also keeps them off the floor, which preserves paint and slows down rust.
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    The OP’s question was about changing out the 3-point hitch when installing the backhoe. For that the Pat’s system would be great. With the iMatch hitch it would entail removing that plus removing the arms. With the Pat’s system it can stay in place - just remove the arms with them attached.

    This thread should be in the implement section - not specific to sub-compacts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    The OP’s question was about changing out the 3-point hitch when installing the backhoe. For that the Pat’s system would be great. With the iMatch hitch it would entail removing that plus removing the arms. With the Pat’s system it can stay in place - just remove the arms with them attached.

    Thanks Stan. When I first read the OP's post, that was my first thought as well. But somewhere between reading the replies and typing my response, I lost that thought.
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