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!