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    Making Everything Attachments Pine needle Rake Quick Hitch Compatible

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    Instead of cutting off existing Clevis's, I fabricated brackets. One reason is the rake stays original if I ever want to sell it. The other reason is I pick up more distance between the rear wheels and the rake. The implement out of the box is very tight in regard to the rear wheels. With the quick hitch and brackets, I pick up a little more distance from the rear wheels to the tines for debris build up. In my opinion, it's too close to the rear wheels. I also fabricated a stand that drops out when lifted with the quick hitch. No pins to fool with. I back towards it, lift and hook it it. Stand drops out and I drive away.

    The rake is advertised as Cat 1 but it is totally not. The only thing Cat 1 about it is the size of the upper and lower pins. The spacing is not Cat 1. I don't know why they advertise it as Cat 1. It would be so easy for EA to simply weld the lower clevises at the proper spacing and it would be Quick Hitch compatible out of the box, that would probably help thier sales. I wonder why these companies advertise as Cat 1 when things are clearly not.

    Happy with the quality of the rake. It's well made and looking forward to using it.

    I want to paint it John Deere green without stripping it. I have the JD paint and will take the mill scale off and finish the upper bracket today. Have to round the ends and clean up the welds.

    I started another thread on paint over paint and purple cleaner was suggested to etch. Any additional thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Nice work. Post a pic when you get it painted.
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    Finished the top bracket. Made tapered spacers on the lathe so the quick hitch hook will find center if hook up is off. Upper bracket can be swung and set to avoid moving quick hitch and match other, "quick hitch" implements.

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    Last edited by Firemark; 02-01-2017 at 06:06 PM.
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    What's not cat 1 about it.It looks like you have different ways to put the pins on.
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    Nice work on the brackets.

    I thought about this same project. I wondered about the added weight of the quick hitch. It's only a few more pounds per tine, but in good dirt (I don't have any) it will leave deeper furrows where the rake is used. This could be advantageous in some cases and a problem in others. My ground is rough enough that I have to use the rake in "float mode". I suppose if you have nice flat ground you could set the height on the 3-point and then the furrow depth would be determined by that setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJR345 View Post
    What's not cat 1 about it.It looks like you have different ways to put the pins on.
    What's not, "CAT 1" is the implement clevis spacing. As you can see, my brackets now have the clevises true CAT 1 and quick hitch ready.
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    Quick home brew cat1-cat3 bushings

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    Centered inner cat1-2 bushing than tacked on the inside. Next filled in the hole on the 2-3 bushing. Than finished tacking on the inside. Angle grinder sanded the weld hole than spun on my lathe and polish sanded it. The reason I tacked it first, is so proper current flow when filling the hole. Too lazy to spin and bore one piece cat1-2 bushings. Did the upper link cat1-3 also. A little less slop all around. If you are a hobbyist welder, watch the burn thru, you will ruin bushings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemark View Post
    What's not, "CAT 1" is the implement clevis spacing. As you can see, my brackets now have the clevises true CAT 1 and quick hitch ready.
    Cat I refers to the pin size and to a degree pin spacing, but quick hitch compatible is unfortunately a different thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Cat I refers to the pin size and to a degree pin spacing, but quick hitch compatible is unfortunately a different thing.
    I was under the impression that pin spacing is also defined in the Cat 1 standard and the I match and my Land Pride quick hitch conform. In other words, if an implement and quick hitch conform to the standard than everything fits. Anyway all my Cat 1 standard implements fit my quick hitch except that pine rake. (Woods rear blade, frontier rake, two different bush hog box blades etc). I looked up the Cat one standard and the lower hooks on my land pride quick hitch conform. All good, having fun welding, boring and machining. Priming and painting the brackets and stand, John Deere green today. Still have to decide how to prep factory paint on rake. JD decals are ordered and on the way.
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    Rake is finished

    Imatch ready
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    Frontier LR2060L landscape Rake w/ gauge wheels, subsoiler
    Woods RBC 60 Rear Blade
    Land Pride QH-15 quick hitch
    Everything Attachments 60" Pine Needle Raked
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