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    Building a ballast box

    I'm building a ballast box for my new 1025R. Not at all interested in buying one, I'm enjoying the project. I have the JD iMatch hitch and understand the category 3 bushings and 1 to 3 converters. My question is, why would I NOT want to just buy some Cat 3 pins for it and weld them in place as part of the build? Seems like the way to go to me, but wanted to make sure I'm not missing something.
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    There is nothing wrong with that whatsoever.
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    I would do the same exact thing. Smart move.
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    I’d say go for it. Once you go imatch you’ll never look back. I made a homemade bb as well and later had to modify it to fit my hitch.

    Make sure you test fit and they’re nice and straight before welding them on. Ask me how I know
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    The only concern I'd have is resale, if or when.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    The only concern I'd have is resale, if or when.
    That's the only disadvantage I could see as well. It will be an implement that can ONLY ever be used with an iMatch. Given that you can get a set of bushing for $10 I'd just stick with a Cat-1 pin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jejb View Post
    I'm building a ballast box for my new 1025R. Not at all interested in buying one, I'm enjoying the project. I have the JD iMatch hitch and understand the category 3 bushings and 1 to 3 converters. My question is, why would I NOT want to just buy some Cat 3 pins for it and weld them in place as part of the build? Seems like the way to go to me, but wanted to make sure I'm not missing something.
    When I built mine (here) I thought about doing the same thing. I've done it before on other things, I had the round stock of the correct diameters. In the end, I decided to make it dual mount, I welded a top pin in that was Cat 3, but also put a Cat 1 pin hole on the top and used pins and adapters for the lift arms. I didn't really consider resale part of my motivation, but more of just keeping my options open. Once you make it quick hitch only, that's the only option you have. I also like the mushroom design of the adapter for the lift arms.

    If I'm ever without my quick hitch, I can still use my ballast box. I've loaned my quick hitch out with an implement when a friend had a big project and didn't own his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    That's the only disadvantage I could see as well. It will be an implement that can ONLY ever be used with an iMatch. Given that you can get a set of bushing for $10 I'd just stick with a Cat-1 pin.
    I'd probably drill holes and use these in CAT 3...

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    Building a ballast box myself right now, trying to decide which way to go.

    Bushings would seem to be an easy solution that doesn't lock you in.
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    Depending on how wishy washy you really want to be, you could weld the nuts inside in a manner that allows you to change the pins. I'm pretty sure you can get cat 3 and cat 1 pins with the same threaded size. I know you can get cat 2 and cat 1 that way, I had to change my brush mower that way.
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