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    445 Tractor Quik Tatch Hitch Question

    Should there be much wiggle in the pivot where the front extension is connected to the frame mounted hitch by a single large bolt?
    The front extension is by no means snug to the supports above and below as the bushing around the pivot bolt is long by probably 3/8" is an inch making for air in the joint.
    Waiting on delivery on a 28 mm impact socket to get it apart, but it just seems like alot of movement.

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    It took me a little bit to understand about what you are referring too. But yes; that hinge bolt will wear and, you will have an egg shaped hole. That will cause the blade its self to wobble a lot. So you can remove that bolt with the bolt that pivots cylinder to remove it. Then decide what to do from their. Use a bushing for example.

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    Mine is 22 years old and has some play. But, so what? I just use it. Doesn't affect how it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gittyup View Post
    Mine is 22 years old and has some play. But, so what? I just use it. Doesn't affect how it works.
    Have you priced them lately?
    It's worth not going over the cliff if it can be helped.
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    I agree with SNAP.

    It will simply work better and, last longer when the when things are tight. Like a door hinge; the door will open and shut easier when the hinges are screwed tight to the wall with tight hinges.
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    There's a $23 bushing in there with a 3/4" bolt.
    Both have variants in dimensions when measured with digital calipers.
    Replacing both to see if that solves it.

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    On closer inspection there is definately room for improvement on the design of the pivot.
    There is a long bushing inside the hitch housing with a thru bolt.
    The bolt has threads well into the bottom end of the bushing so it won't take long before the pivoting and leverage on the joint causes the threaded portion to get mashed and loose inside the bushing.
    A better solution is to get as much thread out of the bushing as possible. That is likely to require a longer bolt to extend the unthreaded portion nearer to the bottom of the bushing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snap View Post
    Have you priced them lately?
    It's worth not going over the cliff if it can be helped.
    Going over a cliff? What's that all about? Don't care if it costs 10 cents or $300. If it's working fine without fear of consequential damage, replacing it is just a waste of time. I fix just about everything that breaks around my place. But a little play in a simple pivot joint doesn't qualify as broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snap View Post
    On closer inspection there is definately room for improvement on the design of the pivot.
    There is a long bushing inside the hitch housing with a thru bolt.
    The bolt has threads well into the bottom end of the bushing so it won't take long before the pivoting and leverage on the joint causes the threaded portion to get mashed and loose inside the bushing.
    A better solution is to get as much thread out of the bushing as possible. That is likely to require a longer bolt to extend the unthreaded portion nearer to the bottom of the bushing.
    Might take long. Mine is 22 years old and I expect to get many more years out of it before anything has to be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gittyup View Post
    Might take long. Mine is 22 years old and I expect to get many more years out of it before anything has to be done.
    Going over a cliff means past the point of no return without complete loss. The hitch that cost me $450 now is almost $800.
    Worth investing $30 to save it from permanent damage.

    Mine is from '97 and it was floppy,probably an inch of movement at the ends of the blade. Hoisting up and shoving the hefty snow blower is hard on that joint.
    The replacement bushing is definitely a tighter fit and the bolt has been redesigned to get most of the threads out of the bushing. Glad they saw their error.
    The bolt alone at just five bucks is a worthwhile upgrade for old hitches.
    Last edited by Snap; 01-31-2016 at 12:55 PM.

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