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    X738 Cat 1 lift... worth it?

    Is it worth the hassle to install the 3 point lift on my x738? I would probably pick up a box blade for it but I don’t know if it’s really needed. 95% of what I do is mowing and snow removal.

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    I love having the 3PH on my x738.

    It being "worth it" is a very subjective thing. For me it was 100% worth it and I wouldn't like the machine nearly as much with out it.
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    On all of my tractors past I've had a powered sleeve hitch. Last year when I knew I would be doing some serious ground work I sold off the old GT18 and bought an X580, but kept all of my old sleeve hitch attachments. I managed to do most of the work needed, but this year I decided to upgrade to my last tractor, which was an X738, and kept all of my old sleeve hitch attachments. When I ordered the X738 I ordered it with front quick hitch, blade with additional hydraulics, 48" mower deck, and 3pt hitch.

    I'm almost done converting my attachments from sleeve to 2" receiver type or 3pt as needed, and am ridding myself of sleeve attachments that just don't get it and replacing them with 3pt attachments. And I've also picked up some attachments that I couldn't put on a sleeve hitch. One of those attachments is a 5' plug aerator, and the other is a simple rear platform. I put an Imatch type hitch on the back and use what many call a trailer mover in that Imatch for all of the 2" receiver converted attachments.

    The point? I can do whatever I need to do, can find an attachments at a very reasonable price if needed, and don't need to lift attachments anymore. And that's huge for a guy that's 68 and just had a chest operation.

    Buy the hitch and never look back.

    PS - Mowed, swept, aerated, fertilized, and seeded my lawn this weekend in 6 hours without lifting one attachment. Had all day Sunday for food beer and football. Thank you 3pt hitch.

    Picture is before Imatch.
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    First thing I did when I got my used X595 was to put a 3 pt hitch on. Got a Heavy hitch to start then add a plow for plow days. Add the pto and got a spreader,then an aerator.
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    I'm going to join in on the pic fest showing off the loaded butt of the x7.

    I really do love the 3PH on my x7.
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    How does it do pulling the box blade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj82tj View Post
    Is it worth the hassle to install the 3 point lift on my x738? I would probably pick up a box blade for it but I don’t know if it’s really needed. 95% of what I do is mowing and snow removal.
    I have Had a Limited Cat 1 3point hitch since 2003 Starting On a X485(older Version of a X730) and My Current X748 . I would Not own a X700 series sized Garden tractor without one. The Limited Cat 1 3point hitch open's a Lot of Possibilities. I have also always Had a Rear PTO as well. But the 3 point Hitch alone does Open up the Option of Tilling by itself with a 42inch Hydraulic driven tiller which is run off a Mid PTO Pump . In My case Having a rear PTO I Can run a 3point spreader. If You Plan On doing any aerator. There are Many companies that Make 3 point aerator's that would work On the X700 series It just Nice to Have Control Over ground engaging attachments Like aerator's Instead of Having to reach Back for a Lever On the Aerator. There are even 3 point Lawn Rollers that would work. So it Useful for More Than Garden and standard ground engaging Implements . The 3 point is very useful for Ballast On the rear as well with things such as a Heavy Hitch https://heavyhitch.com/ and that attachment is useful beyond Just Ballast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant View Post
    I have Had a Limited Cat 1 3point hitch since 2003 Starting On a X485(older Version of a X730) and My Current X748 . I would Not own a X700 series sized Garden tractor without one. The Limited Cat 1 3point hitch open's a Lot of Possibilities. I have also always Had a Rear PTO as well. But the 3 point Hitch alone does Open up the Option of Tilling be itself with a 42inch Hydraulic driven tiller which is run off a Mid PTO Pump . In My case Having a rear PTO I Can run a 3point spreader. If You Plan On doing any aerator. There are Many companies that Make 3 point aerator's that would work On the X700 series It just Nice to Have Control Over ground engaging attachments Like aerator's Instead of Having to reach Back for a Lever On the Aerator. There are even 3 point Lawn Rollers that would work. So it Useful for More Than Garden and standard ground engaging Implements . The 3 point is very useful for Ballast On the rear as well with things such as a Heavy Hitch https://heavyhitch.com/ and that attachment is useful beyond Just Ballast
    And it was a conversation with you Sarge that pushed me into the X7 with the 3pt. I thank you, but my wife not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nj82tj View Post
    How does it do pulling the box blade?
    No issues with box blades. Piece of cake.
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    48" York rake, 56" box blade, mid row buster, dethatcher, aerator, 900lb roller
    Various Heavy Hitch adapters, ball hitch, hook, 2" sleeve hitch, etc..
    3200lb. hitch mounted winch
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