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    Adapting implements to the IMatch.

    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.

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    Adapting implements to the IMatch.

    Yup, I don’t buy any implements unless they are QH compatible or I’m willing to make it compatible. I still need to tweak my sickle mower to fit a bit easier.
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    Agree with everything you said and great job on starring the boys out on the right path.


    Two things will make it friendlier for a lot of equipment. A hydraulic top link and the extended top hook from Kenny.

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    uhhh... some do..some just don't

    My new to me chipper thing..just won't.

    driveline would only have 3" of tube on either end...sounds weird but true.

    Have to "park" chipper...move forward .Be sure tractor brakes are locked.

    Hook up long drive shaft ..and blow chips.

    I'd mount it to I msatch but drive line would still be sketchy..and I'm not sure I could pick it up.

    Darn chipper is way Heavy.
    And the hitch pins need to be moved to be Imatch ready

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    I saw in the picture your little guys were wearing their glasses and ear plugs and thought this is great! Then when reading the post you mention that they are too. Nice job for providing them the “tools” to protect their sight and hearing. My son always wears his hearing and eye protection when we’re around the tractor. He has become a PPE enthusiast and even wears his ear plugs when running the vacuum in the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedDirt View Post
    I saw in the picture your little guys were wearing their glasses and ear plugs and thought this is great! Then when reading the post you mention that they are too. Nice job for providing them the “tools” to protect their sight and hearing. My son always wears his hearing and eye protection when we’re around the tractor. He has become a PPE enthusiast and even wears his ear plugs when running the vacuum in the house.
    That’s awesome! I wish someone had taught me to do that when I was younger so it became habit. Took me until a couple years ago to always wear my safety glasses and ear protection - too little too late.

    I have an old shop vac that is terribly load. I have a pair of cheap protection muffs hanging right on the handle so I remember to use them every time.

    I have safety glasses laying around everywhere - just like I used to have reading glasses before I started to wear regular glasses all the time. I bought a few of the over the regular glasses safety glasses a while back which work great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    That’s awesome! I wish someone had taught me to do that when I was younger so it became habit. Took me until a couple years ago to always wear my safety glasses and ear protection - too little too late.

    I have an old shop vac that is terribly load. I have a pair of cheap protection muffs hanging right on the handle so I remember to use them every time.

    I have safety glasses laying around everywhere - just like I used to have reading glasses before I started to wear regular glasses all the time. I bought a few of the over the regular glasses safety glasses a while back which work great.

    I always wear safety glasses when working outside. I even keep a pair in the tractor cab. Were you aware that you can get safety glasses with bifocals? All of mine are bifocal. 1.5 seems to work best for me, although I also have 2.0.

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    All my safety glasses clear and tinted have bifocals in them, which I could find ones stronger than 3.0
    Like others wear them any time I am out the door......
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    I always wear safety glasses when working outside. I even keep a pair in the tractor cab. Were you aware that you can get safety glasses with bifocals? All of mine are bifocal. 1.5 seems to work best for me, although I also have 2.0.

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    I tried the ones with bifocals but the positioning was just off a little for me. My regular glasses have no line bifocals. So since I wear my regular glasses all the time the over glasses work very well for me. I have both clear and dark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamT. View Post
    She was often the one trying to horse around a recalcitrant implement while I maneuvered the machine.


    Reputation points awarded for the proper and well versed use of recalcitrant. I like it when our GTT posters stretch their linguistic legs in their postings....

    Good job on the implement modifications as well........
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