I have several implements such as a cart, an aerator and a dethatcher. These were left over from my 445 and did not fit onto my 1026R after I installed an Imatch onto the 3 point hitch. I love the Imatch, by the way. The problem with the cart is the tongue is too short to reach the tractor towplate. The problem with the aerator is its hydraulic cylinder would hit the Imatch in a tight turn. The problem with the dethatcher is the adjusting lever would hit the Imatch in a turn and pop it into the deepest setting.
I found a 26" drawbar (catagory 2) that fits onto the Imatch almost perfectly and does not work off. It will be a perfect fit once I add a bushing to each pin that fits into the 2 lower hooks of the Imatch.
Yesterday, I hooked up my dethatcher to the drawbar and set the lever to the deepest setting. That way, I can control the depth of the tines by raising or lowering the Imatch. Raising the Imatch all the way up lifts the tines completely off the grass and the dethatcher roles on its wheels in this "transport" mode. No need to monkey with that manual lever on the dethatcher anymore. I'm considering cutting the lever off and putting a bolt and nut where the locking pin is. An interesting side-benefit of the drawbar is that it pivits so when I raise the Imatch all the way up, the tongue of the dethatcher remains square in the drawbar even at that sharp, upward angle.
My plug aerator was converted to hydraulic operation many years ago so, for that implement, I'll just hook it up to the drawbar and continue to use the hydraulic cylinder (via the SCV joystick) to control depth.
When I try hooking up my JD cart to the drawbar, I'm assuming that I will be able to actually dump the cart by raising the 3 point hitch all the way up. So my cart's dump feature will now be mechanical instead of manual.
I found the 26" drawbar at a local farm and home supply store. It cost about $40. The 26" is the length minus the pin on either end so the overall length is more like 31" but it's called a 26" drawbar. It's a catagory 2 but a catagory 1 would work even better as it would have smaller holes for hooking up the implements to it. Like I said, I'm going to buy a couple of bushings to make the pins fit a little nicer on the Imatch hooks.
If you have a new 1023E/1026R with Imatch and you're trying to figure out the best way to attach your tow-behind implements; I strongly recommend considering the 26" drawbar added to the Imatch.