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.