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    1025R iMatch installed while mowing?

    Well...I'm getting close to the age where I don't like muscling the heavy attachments around to connect to the 3pt hitch on my 1025R. Do any of you have the iMatch installed and keep it on while mowing? Does it interfere with your mowing at all? Not sure if it would come into play with uneven ground or not. Also...do you recommend the iMatch or is it better to go with a 3rd party quick hitch?

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    I leave mine on when I cut grass with no problem. I do however have to pay attention when backing up to maneuver around something if there is a slope because the imatch is very close to the ground. It will sometimes plow if you are beginning an uphill slope when you back up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigK View Post
    Well...I'm getting close to the age where I don't like muscling the heavy attachments around to connect to the 3pt hitch on my 1025R. Do any of you have the iMatch installed and keep it on while mowing? Does it interfere with your mowing at all? Not sure if it would come into play with uneven ground or not. Also...do you recommend the iMatch or is it better to go with a 3rd party quick hitch?
    When I had my 1025R, I never took off the iMatch. There was no interference. I have the JD iMatch and also a HF quickhitch. No comparison, except for price. You get what you pay for.

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    I leave mine on all the time. I had some problems when going over very uneven ground with the match digging in until I realized that the mower deck would reach its lowest setting with the position control lever set well above its lowest setting.

    In other words, you don't need to lower the 3pt all the way in order for the mower deck to be fully down.
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    I leave the IMatch on all the time except when the backhoe is on. No problem mowing on hills but I have the hydraulic lift setup so my 3 pt doesn't drop when adjusting the deck.

    I have only used the IMatch so I can't comment how it compares to others, but to me it's worth it's weight in gold.
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    I have the Imatch and its never been off my tractor since the day it came new from the dealer, but I also don't have a MMM. I cant imagine hooking up implements without it. It makes it SO much easier.........you don't even have to leave the seat for non pto driven 3 point implements, back up lift and go.

    Personally, I found the after market hitches to be not built as well and not gusseted in the corners the same way and also the fit and finish wasn't as good. There are many people who have other 3 point units and most seem to be satisfied with them. I have noticed that some seem to be often explaining how the HF and others are "nearly as good and much less money". I agree with Dave (DDINHAM) you get what you pay for. I didn't buy a Rural King tractor because I wanted the real deal, same with my IMatch and most attachments........

    One strong suggestion is to make sure to get the Ken's Bolt on Hook's Center hook for the IMatch or the replica models. He makes one for each and it improves an already great attachment device. The angle on the hook from Ken along with its forward position make hooking and unhooking easier than without it. In my opinion, the I Match and the Ken's Center Hook give you the ideal 3ph attachment aid. Never wrestle or man handle an implement again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigK View Post
    Well...I'm getting close to the age where I don't like muscling the heavy attachments around to connect to the 3pt hitch on my 1025R. Do any of you have the iMatch installed and keep it on while mowing? Does it interfere with your mowing at all? Not sure if it would come into play with uneven ground or not. Also...do you recommend the iMatch or is it better to go with a 3rd party quick hitch?
    I'm making the assumption that you don't currently have an iMatch. Also assuming that you have the standard mechanical lift for your MMM. If that is the case, once the iMatch is attached to your 3PH lift arms, it will go up with down with the lift arms as you raise and lower your mower deck. It should not present any interference issues at all. One of the biggest benefits to the iMatch is that once it is installed and your 3PH sway turnbuckles are adjusted, you shouldn't have to adjust them again.

    As for the JD iMatch vs. 3rd party offerings. There are a lot of different quick hitches on the market. They all work pretty much the same. What you will find is that virtually all 3rd party quick hitches are much more bulky compared to the iMatch. They typically use larger box sections and massive gussets to achieve their strength. The iMatch on the other hand is very "thin" by comparison and as such it still allows easy access to the rear components of your tractor.

    Google around for images of quick hitches and you will quickly see what I am referring to.
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    I have it on when moving my trailer out of the way to mow. Doesn't get in the way at all. I couldn't get the imatch on the 3 point when I got it, too heavy for me. I use an electric winch mounted to the ceiling of my shop to lift it up so I can install it. Brains over brawn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W9GFO View Post
    I leave mine on all the time. I had some problems when going over very uneven ground with the match digging in until I realized that the mower deck would reach its lowest setting with the position control lever set well above its lowest setting.
    Position control

    Very simple, the MMM will be all the way down long before the 3 point, set it after lowering you mower and the iMATCH will be plenty high enough for mowing with zero interference.
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    Thank you everyone for the quick responses. Looks like the best solution is to go with the iMatch and Ken’s Bolt on Hooks attachment. Will also have to purchase bushings for all attachments, correct? Sounds like I need to save some money!

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