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    Help me decide on a quick hitch setup

    Ladies and gentlemen,
    I've had my 3025E for about a year now, and my biggest frustration/pain in the rear is changing implements. It takes me WAY too long and is often way to difficult of a procedure. So I'm looking at a quick hitch setup. I know there are differing opinions, and I've read some/many of the threads already listed here, but I wanted to bring it up again and get opinions on my specific needs/uses. I'm trying to decide between the Pat's Quick Hitch setup and an iMatch type setup. So some info on my needs

    Tractor - JD 3025E
    Main used implements - 6' finish mower (land pride), 5' bush hog (not sure manufacturer off top of head), Ford post hole digger, 5' tiller (Bush Hog), 500 pound capacity spreader.

    Desires: To make changing between implements less of a hassle/headache/backache. I really don't care about having to get off my tractor as almost everything I use has a PTO shaft I have to change anyway. Sure, I have a blade and a few other non-PTO items, but they are not used that often. Time saved, while a partial factor, isn't as important as just the back breaking job of trying to move implements by hand to get things lined up properly. I realize that with either system PTO shaft length may be an issue and may need addressed. My biggest concern with the iMatch type set up is the ability to modify all of my implements to fit. I am not a wielder so my modifications would need to be done other ways. For these reasons I'm leaning towards the Pat's, as I feel with my older equipment, and various brands, I have a much higher chance of everything working.

    So I guess I'm asking for those that use the above type listed implements, does one style of QH work better than the other? Does it NOT work on some (I am 99% sure the iMatch type is useless with post hole diggers for example)?

    Additional background: I have a small 15 acre farm that hadn't been ran as a farm for at least a decade when I bought it. So the uses for my tractor really changes day by day. One day I'm mowing my lawn, next day I need to build more fence and put posts in with the post hole digger, next day I'm bush hogging a field, etc. I find myself NOT doing some things or at least putting them off as I don't want to deal with unhooking and rehooking up implements. So something must be done. Thanks in advance for all advice and help!
    Last edited by forphase1; 04-27-2019 at 11:00 PM.
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    I also saw this website. These look interesting too, though I can't find much about them. But I do kinda like the idea of the implements not being pushed out 3-4 inches. Of course the issue here will be if there is the room to get under the pins with the added inches in height. Has anyone used to tried these also? Welcome to CARTER AND SON'S TOOL AND DIE
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    I am really pleased with the Pats quick hitch on the JD 4105



    I have used it with two different rear finish mowers ,,
    neither mower would work with the HF quick hitch
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    From what Iíve read PHDís are an aberration within the realm of 3 pt equipment, none of them readily fit any QH so that may just be something that continues to aggravate you.

    QHís from JDís iMatch to the occasional special at Rural King for $69 are all similar and will have some limitations with some attachments. Bushings and excellent top hook replacements from Kens Hooks (both JD and Import models) will rectify a lot of those issues so that many newer implements will work without modifying them-with some things or older models, getting them to mate to a QH just wonít be easy without modifications. Sometimes welding isnít necessary though, drilling a new hole for a top link pin may work-it all depends on the implement.

    As far as QHís go-if your changing things that much you likely want one that is quality, easy to use, precise and repeatable and durable-Iíd seriously suggest the JD or at least another decent brand name, the Chinese house brands (like mine from RK) work but you can tell they just arenít the same and a JD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    From what Iíve read PHDís are an aberration within the realm of 3 pt equipment, none of them readily fit any QH so that may just be something that continues to aggravate you.

    QHís from JDís iMatch to the occasional special at Rural King for $69 are all similar and will have some limitations with some attachments. Bushings and excellent top hook replacements from Kens Hooks (both JD and Import models) will rectify a lot of those issues so that many newer implements will work without modifying them-with some things or older models, getting them to mate to a QH just wonít be easy without modifications. Sometimes welding isnít necessary though, drilling a new hole for a top link pin may work-it all depends on the implement.

    As far as QHís go-if your changing things that much you likely want one that is quality, easy to use, precise and repeatable and durable-Iíd seriously suggest the JD or at least another decent brand name, the Chinese house brands (like mine from RK) work but you can tell they just arenít the same and a JD.
    Do you, or anyone else, know if the Pat's interfere with PHD? I don't think they would, but I could be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by forphase1 View Post
    Do you, or anyone else, know if the Pat's interfere with PHD? I don't think they would, but I could be wrong.
    Since they are lower link only they should work with PHD.


    They show a PHD hooked up on the website.... greenwellmfg - Home

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    Good point. I completely missed that picture on their site. With the amount I use my phd, that may be the deciding factor right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forphase1 View Post
    Do you, or anyone else, know if the Pat's interfere with PHD? I don't think they would, but I could be wrong.
    I canít comment on the Pats system, never used one and donít know anyone who has... Hence why I didnít include them in my response, they are a quick attachment system but. It in my eyes a Quick Hitch because they donít tie in the top link...
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    Something like Pattís is the best option if most of your equipment is not quick hitch compatible. But if your equipment is then a rigid system like JDís is far better. With the rigid system I only have to get off the tractor to hook up a PTO. Otherwise I donít leave the seat. Itís also really nice that it holds the top link so when I do activities like mowing without any 3-point hitch implement installed, my big hydraulic top link isnít wanting to flop around. Ive use JDís version of Pattís on my familyís 6 series, and have a JQ quick hitch on my 2038r.


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    I have a Harbor Freight quick hitch on my 2305. 3 out of my 5 implements had the same distance from the lift pins to the top link attachment point. After some cutting and welding, I modified the 2 non compliant implements to work with the QH. After 2 back surgeries and continued back problems the qh is a huge advantage for me. The only time I need to get off the tractor is to hook up pto shaft on tiller.
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