I love the versatility of the 3 point hitch. I hate the variability of 3 point hitch implements. For almost 20 years we have struggled, suffered, and sworn, as we hitched and unhitched uncooperative implements like a huge brush cutter, a log splitter, and lately a wood chipper. These were all heavy beasts, and none of them seemed to be easily attached - ever.
When I bought my new 2038R a few months ago, I was ecstatic to learn of the IMatch. My hopes were dashed almost instantly though, when the salesman warned me that not all implements fit it. I was pretty sure my non John Deere stuff fit into that category. I was right.
Today, with the help of my son-in-law, I remedied that situation so that now all the things I currently own are fitted to the IMatch. I have the older version with the fixed top hook. A 3rd party mower shop had a used one for sale for $150 off the current price. And used meant "bought". There was all of one scratch on it, and it didn’t even reach all the way through the paint.
So today we spent the day cutting and welding and trying. Now my Woods chipper and my Brand X log splitter hook up with the IMatch. I think the Missus is even more excited about this than I am. She was often the one trying to horse around a recalcitrant implement while I maneuvered the machine. The only downside, and I think it is a minor one, is I have to find a slightly longer PTO shaft for the chipper. It runs, but when I lift it for travel it comes apart in the middle and becomes a pain to reattach.
On a side note, the little monsters (aka my grandsons) had a great time sitting and climbing on the tractor, asking questions, helping with tools, and best of all, feeding the chipper after we gave it some PM and fired it up. They were VERY closely supervised, and had a wonderful opportunity to learn about tools and machinery. I don’t know how well anyone can see it, but we all have ear plugs and safety glasses on.