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    Guys,

    I bought a new rear blade RB2060L and it won't attach to my Imatch (although it's supposed to). The problem is the top pin on the blade won't seat down on the top hook on the Imatch. The pin is too far aft to slide all the way down into the hook. The pin cannot come forward because the frame that holds the pin hits the 2 nuts that hold the top hook of the Imatch.

    It appears to me that the best fix would be to grind away about 1/4" of the frame that holds the pin so the frame and pin can come closer to the Imatch and then the pin will slide into the upper hook. Another possible solution would be to bend the frame outward on each side so it slides past the nuts and bolt heads on the Imatch. The other option would be to grind the upper hook of the Imatch to open it up more to receive the pin but that might adversely affect other implement attachment.

    Has anyone else had this issue attaching the RB2060L to an Imatch? If so, how did you resolve the problem?
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    Larry, I had the same issue. I trimmed about 3/8" off to clear the nuts. I used a straight edge and a 1/16" zip cutter on the side grinder. I have a shot of it on this thread; http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...snt-match.html
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    Problem Attaching RB2060L To Imatch

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    What if you used a Cat 2 bushing up top rather than a Cat 3?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    What if you used a Cat 2 bushing up top rather than a Cat 3?
    you would gain 1/8th of an inch, he would still be 1/8 too far away. it would work if it was just the cat 1 pin but I bet the bolt is same as cat 1 and the bushing is necessary to keep the bolt from compressing the frame.
    how about moving the spacer/bolt to the upper hole(where the toplink normally hooks w/o imatch) and put the pin in the lower so the imatch hook can grab it?
    IMHO, it would probably be easier to cut a little off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrappy View Post
    you would gain 1/8th of an inch, he would still be 1/8 too far away. it would work if it was just the cat 1 pin but I bet the bolt is same as cat 1 and the bushing is necessary to keep the bolt from compressing the frame.
    how about moving the spacer/bolt to the upper hole(where the toplink normally hooks w/o imatch) and put the pin in the lower so the imatch hook can grab it?
    IMHO, it would probably be easier to cut a little off.
    Scrappy,

    I forgot to mention that the top pin on the rear blade is welded into the frame. Therefore, there is no good option to move the top pin up or down in the frame. When the top pin fails to seat down into the top hook of the Imatch, the two bottom pin/bushings also fail to seat down into the Imatch bottom hooks. There is no bushing on the top pin either.

    If one is hooking up the RB2060L without an Imatch, you would use a pin/bushing in a hole that is drilled in the frame above the welded pin. The welded pin stays in place but would not be used. The two bottom links would use pins to attach to the draw arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carvel Loafer View Post
    Larry, I had the same issue. I trimmed about 3/8" off to clear the nuts. I used a straight edge and a 1/16" zip cutter on the side grinder. I have a shot of it on this thread; http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...snt-match.html
    Doug,

    Yes, my problem is exactly the same as the issue you had with your back blade. I think I'll use a sawsall with a metal cutting blade to cut off the 3/8" on each side of the RB2060L frame. This should provide enough clearance so that the top pin can properly engage the top hook on the Imatch. Thanks.

    I plan to plow my driveway primarily using the back blade with the loader for fine detailing and piling. My driveway is flat so I'm going to see if I can get by without putting chains on this tractor. I kept my chains from my JD 445 just in case I needed chains for the 1026R.

    Thanks to all ... you guys are great!
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    Adamski, even though the 3/8" works fine, it would be a little more comfortable to be 1/2" trimmed off.
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    The problem isn't the blade, it's the I-match. It seems that some of the aftermarket brands started using the adjustable top hook to fit non-standard attachments, thereby making the hitch non-standard. Deere followed the trend likely in fear of loosing sales. Major fail IMO. If you modify the blade you will just run into the same problem with other "I-match compatible" attachments. If you modify the I-match you'll never have a problem again. Remove the bolts and weld the hook in the lower position and every I-match compatible implement will fit, problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Interceptor View Post
    The problem isn't the blade, it's the I-match. It seems that some of the aftermarket brands started using the adjustable top hook to fit non-standard attachments, thereby making the hitch non-standard. Deere followed the trend likely in fear of loosing sales. Major fail IMO. If you modify the blade you will just run into the same problem with other "I-match compatible" attachments. If you modify the I-match you'll never have a problem again. Remove the bolts and weld the hook in the lower position and every I-match compatible implement will fit, problem solved.

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    That makes sense Interceptor. However, in my case, the back blade was the only 3PH implement with this particular issue. The snow blower, the brush mower, the ballast box, the box blade, the hitch receiver, they all fit the top pin just fine. The issue on mine was not the vertical height, it was the amount of metal that was forward of the pin. True, if the hook was further back it would grab the top pin ok, but once again, it was just the blade that was like this. I remembered the thread of your mod to your hook before I cut the bracket on the blade but the cutting was easier for me.
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    RC2048 48" Rough Cut Mower, Buhler Y550R 60" Finishing Mower, 60" Frontier RB2060L Back Blade, JD Ballast Box
    Femco Hitch Adapter 2" Receiver, 60" Farm King 3PH Snow Blower, I Match, BB2048L Frontier Box Blade

    6' Kodiak Landscape Rake, Braber Equipment PHD c/w 9" & 12" X 48" Augers, HLA 1000 60" Snow Blade

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