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    Homemade quick hitch

    Has anyone here made their own quick hitch?
    I'm in the process of building one that I will post in the metal working forum, but if anyone has built one I'd love to see it, gain some ideas for my own.
    So far I have the j-hooks fabbed.

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    That's a great job! But with the price of some QH's (in the USA) under $100 I think most wouldn't bother making one themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    That's a great job! But with the price of some QH's (in the USA) under $100 I think most wouldn't bother making one themselves.
    True, but I'd be willing to bet the hitch he's building will be much better quality than a Harbor Freight special.

    I considered building one for the 5320, as Cat II hitches are pretty expensive. Just haven't done it yet.
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    If I could get one under 200 I would probably not be doing this either...
    Or maybe I would cause I enjoy cutting/welding metal

    Even if no one has made one... Any thoughts on things I could incorporate into it in the design process that maybe you wish your imatch had?
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    I had a Speeco cat 2 quick hitch for 24 hours last week. What I discovered was that it didn't clear my 3" hydraulic top link cylinder at full retract/up (dented my cylinder finding that out), and since the lower links are tucked into the QH frame, adding some metal to move the top link connection backwards to allow full height would've made it impossible to tilt back because my lower links aren't long enough with the 12" cylinder.

    I'm contemplating getting Pat's instead. It'd add a little length to my bottom links and I don't know that I'll ever really switch stuff around enough to need true QH speed.

    The Speeco also didn't fit my lower brackets on my log drag/receiver hitch. I guess I made them too wide on the inside supports.
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    Even after sitting in the back yard, enjoying a few adult beverages, the pic didn't look right. I saved it and edited it(rotated the pic too). I can now figure out what it looks like.
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    Good work so far. I think if you have the time to build your own, you'll have something that will last. I'll be following this thread.



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    I've been hurting for time to work on this with a new baby.... But I have made a fair bit of progress
    Have done my testing, works great. Shot on a coat of primer.
    Just need to finish the latchs and some green paint.

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    Lookin good!! Nice job. How are you going to lock the implement into the hitch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Timber View Post
    I had a Speeco cat 2 quick hitch for 24 hours last week. What I discovered was that it didn't clear my 3" hydraulic top link cylinder at full retract/up (dented my cylinder finding that out), and since the lower links are tucked into the QH frame, adding some metal to move the top link connection backwards to allow full height would've made it impossible to tilt back because my lower links aren't long enough with the 12" cylinder.

    I'm contemplating getting Pat's instead. It'd add a little length to my bottom links and I don't know that I'll ever really switch stuff around enough to need true QH speed.

    The Speeco also didn't fit my lower brackets on my log drag/receiver hitch. I guess I made them too wide on the inside supports.
    Jim,

    Didn't your 5065E come with telescoping link arms? I added them to the 4105 for $300. Nice and easy to hook up implements now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Timber View Post
    I had a Speeco cat 2 quick hitch for 24 hours last week. What I discovered was that it didn't clear my 3" hydraulic top link cylinder at full retract/up (dented my cylinder finding that out), and since the lower links are tucked into the QH frame, adding some metal to move the top link connection backwards to allow full height would've made it impossible to tilt back because my lower links aren't long enough with the 12" cylinder.

    I'm contemplating getting Pat's instead. It'd add a little length to my bottom links and I don't know that I'll ever really switch stuff around enough to need true QH speed.

    The Speeco also didn't fit my lower brackets on my log drag/receiver hitch. I guess I made them too wide on the inside supports.
    This is more common than you might think. I had a whole thread on how the JD iMatch changed the overall geometry of my 3PH, caused the top link to hit the plate where the hook is, and ended up having to adjust my rockshaft to lessen the max lift on it. It interferes now with how my mowing deck lifts as I don't get full clearance out of it, but it's a sacrifice I had to make.
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