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    Pats Easy Change.

    Installed a set of Pats Easy Change yesterday. For those that donít know itís a set of quick attach hooks that go on the end of your lift arms. It took me about an hour and a half. There are four set screws for each hook. Itís a little tricky to get them tight and they are what control how even and square they are. I wouldíve loved an I-match but couldnít stomach the cost.

    For anyone with a Pats, mine came with a sway link to connect the sides. Is that really needed? Seems like if you have your turnbuckles tight it wouldnít be needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgeman View Post
    Installed a set of Pats Easy Change yesterday. For those that donít know itís a set of quick attach hooks that go on the end of your lift arms. It took me about an hour and a half. There are four set screws for each hook. Itís a little tricky to get them tight and they are what control how even and square they are. I wouldíve loved an I-match but couldnít stomach the cost.

    For anyone with a Pats, mine came with a sway link to connect the sides. Is that really needed? Seems like if you have your turnbuckles tight it wouldnít be needed.
    The link rod is to keep the two lower lift arms separated at the correct distance when an implement is not attached. Otherwise, the lower arms can flop around and make it difficult to back in and grab the pins on an implement.
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    Considered them but never tried them.

    There are several on here that use them.

    They are pretty versatile particularly if you have implements that are not QH compatible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    The link rod is to keep the two lower lift arms separated at the correct distance when an implement is not attached. Otherwise, the lower arms can flop around and make it difficult to back in and grab the pins on an implement.
    I guess that depends on if the sway adjustment is on the inside of the lift arms like the 1 series or the on the outside like the 3 series.

    On the 3 series the sway adjustment is a two piece bar with pin holes.

    If the sway adjustment is on the outside and isn't solid you could just use a bungee cord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    I guess that depends on if the sway adjustment is on the inside of the lift arms like the 1 series or the on the outside like the 3 series.

    On the 3 series the sway adjustment is a two piece bar with pin holes.

    If the sway adjustment is on the outside and isn't solid you could just use a bungee cord.
    I guess that could work. Although, whether the sway limiter (chain, bar, turnbuckle) is on the inside or outside, your lower links will still move around a bit when an implement is not attached. For the Pat's system to work just like a quick hitch the arms need to be held apart a specific distance equal to the spacing of the lower pins on your implement. That's what the spacer rod does.

    If you want to use the Pat's system and still get off the tractor to attach the lower arms then you could probably get away without using the spacer rod.
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    I love mine... should have gotten them when I got my first tractor. What you ate referring to as the sway bar is, i think, simply and adjustable bar made to keep the arms at the proper distance while hooking up equipment. It's not meant to stay on while using the tractor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forphase1 View Post
    I love mine... should have gotten them when I got my first tractor. What you ate referring to as the sway bar is, i think, simply and adjustable bar made to keep the arms at the proper distance while hooking up equipment. It's not meant to stay on while using the tractor.

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    Are you sure? Putting that rod on and off every time you attach an implement would be a royal PITA.
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    I've been a huge fan of Pat's ECS following a miserable experience with a Speeco QH unit.

    I left my stabilizer bar installed and mangled it in my maiden mow voyage. I contacted Pat and was informed that it was not meant to be permanently installed, just used to get correct spacing before hook-up.

    I have no Deere implements and did not want to go through the hassle of modifying my implements for an iMatch, so Pat's it was for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forphase1 View Post
    I love mine... should have gotten them when I got my first tractor. What you ate referring to as the sway bar is, i think, simply and adjustable bar made to keep the arms at the proper distance while hooking up equipment. It's not meant to stay on while using the tractor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Are you sure? Putting that rod on and off every time you attach an implement would be a royal PITA.
    Positive. Its not made for the abuse of actually working with it on... you'll break it. I don't always or often use it. As to the pita I've got to get off to hook up the pto usually anyway so it's not a huge deal. It's just a guide to help your Pats be the right distance apart to engage your pins properly. I attached mine to my rops so it's always handy.

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    Thanks for the answers. It makes sense it’s just for spacing. I took mine off worried I would mangle it when mowing.
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