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    Another "what to do"

    Was just informed by family that I need to tell them today what I want for Christmas. I'm not one to really specify what gift I want to receive but I'm going to seize the opportunity now. I'm really torn between a hydraulic top link or a quick hitch. Which of the two makes most sense and will be of most use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ky_shawn View Post
    Was just informed by family that I need to tell them today what I want for Christmas. I'm not one to really specify what gift I want to receive but I'm going to seize the opportunity now. I'm really torn between a hydraulic top link or a quick hitch. Which of the two makes most sense and will be of most use?
    Quick hitch IMO


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    I don't think you can go wrong with either, give them the option and see which one shows up under the tree.
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    I'd vote quick hitch


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    Just glancing over your signature with your equipment list, I would say -

    You can use the quick hitch on just about all (or all) of them.

    The hydralic top link would only be useful with 2 of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Just glancing over your signature with your equipment list, I would say -

    You can use the quick hitch on just about all (or all) of them.

    The hydralic top link would only be useful with 2 of them.
    You are spot on, the one implement I use a lot and causes me the most grief in constant adjustment is the box blade. I do a lot of gravel driveways, small parking lots, and dirt work on new constructions for the public and man I would like a hydraulic top link for it. But like you said, the quick hitch has constant uses as evident from the paint being gone on the lift arms from my boot kicking the ever living sh*t out of them every time I unhook or hook to implements.
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    And that's the only implements that I ever install a hydraulic too link on. Blade and sometimes tiller and post hole digger I think I cant remember. That and down force kit as well


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    Quote Originally Posted by ky_shawn View Post
    You are spot on, the one implement I use a lot and causes me the most grief in constant adjustment is the box blade. I do a lot of gravel driveways, small parking lots, and dirt work on new constructions for the public and man I would like a hydraulic top link for it. But like you said, the quick hitch has constant uses as evident from the paint being gone on the lift arms from my boot kicking the ever living sh*t out of them every time I unhook or hook to implements.
    Since you use your box blade that much, better get both!

    As far as a top link for the box blade - I think I would wait to save up enough to do it right and get a top 'n tilt (top link and side link). That would make running a box blade a dream!
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Since you use your box blade that much, better get both!

    As far as a top link for the box blade - I think I would wait to save up enough to do it right and get a top 'n tilt (top link and side link). That would make running a box blade a dream!
    That would be fantastic but I only have one rear remote. So far (and things can always change) most everything I do with the box blade is done with it being level side to side. I'm constantly changing the pitch of it though hence wanting the top link. I worry though that connecting the hydraulic top link could be a real pain in the a$$ by itself but would be fantastic with use of a quick hitch but I may be very wrong. Have been around equipment my entire life and never once used a quick hitch and never have used a hydraulic top link either. All I know is I'm ready for one of the other and hopefully soon be able to add whichever I don't decide upon this go around. I've been poking around on fit rite hydraulics page and they definitely seem to be able to hook me up at a better price than I first assumed while looking at other sources. I have read a lot of threads on here about quick hitches as well but haven't found a definite answer as to which brand quick hitch would be the one I'd most likely be happy with.

    I've also been kicking around the ideal of letting family spend their money on the top link and go cheap out of my own pocket to buy the harbor freight quick hitch, not sure if that's a good path to travel down but it is inticing
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    Quote Originally Posted by ky_shawn View Post
    That would be fantastic but I only have one rear remote. So far (and things can always change) most everything I do with the box blade is done with it being level side to side. I'm constantly changing the pitch of it though hence wanting the top link. I worry though that connecting the hydraulic top link could be a real pain in the a$$ by itself but would be fantastic with use of a quick hitch but I may be very wrong. Have been around equipment my entire life and never once used a quick hitch and never have used a hydraulic top link either. All I know is I'm ready for one of the other and hopefully soon be able to add whichever I don't decide upon this go around. I've been poking around on fit rite hydraulics page and they definitely seem to be able to hook me up at a better price than I first assumed while looking at other sources. I have read a lot of threads on here about quick hitches as well but haven't found a definite answer as to which brand quick hitch would be the one I'd most likely be happy with.

    I've also been kicking around the ideal of letting family spend their money on the top link and go cheap out of my own pocket to buy the harbor freight quick hitch, not sure if that's a good path to travel down but it is inticing
    I have the JD iMatch quick hitch with the fixed top hook. I also have the FitRite hyd top link. I would not be without either one. The Imatch makes it so easy to switch implements and I have several that I switch with. The hyd top link allows me to vary the way the implements work. For example, I have wheels on my 8ft rake that I can vary how much the tines dig by instantly changing the hyd top link. I have a 8ft hyd rear blade with runners that I can change instantly how much the blade digs. Really great in the snow. I can instantly change how much the box blade digs. I pretty much use the hyd top link every time I use the 3pt.

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