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    Quick Hitches and Bushings

    Do the quick hitches REQUIRE the additional bushings at the lower and upper links? Can you operate without them? Why would they be designed to require something other than the standard size Cat pins?

    I am probably missing something with the concept.
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    Yes, it is possible to operate without the bushings but you probably don't want to. Without the bushings your implement is going to rattle and wiggle around significantly in the hitch. The bushings allow for a more solid attachment. Ironically when I purchased my LandPride quick hitch it did not come with bushings and when I questioned LandPride they insisted they were optional - although admitting that I would be happier if I used bushings.

    I have no idea why the quick hitch manufacturers settled on Cat-3 hooks on a Cat-1 hitch. It would seem to me that making the bottom and top hooks Cat-1 sized would have eliminated the whole mess.
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    I am sure most of them are made to fit Cat III on down to Cat I with optional bushings.
    I have seen quick hitches made for Cat I but can't remember where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I am sure most of them are made to fit Cat III on down to Cat I with optional bushings.
    I have seen quick hitches made for Cat I but can't remember where.
    Unfortunately, no. The width and height of the hitch pin location changes when you go to cat II, and again for cat III.

    I believe the Harbor Freight quick hitch is straight cat I, but I'm not positive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I have no idea why the quick hitch manufacturers settled on Cat-3 hooks on a Cat-1 hitch. It would seem to me that making the bottom and top hooks Cat-1 sized would have eliminated the whole mess.
    I agree.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Unfortunately, no. The width and height of the hitch pin location changes when you go to cat II, and again for cat III.

    I believe the Harbor Freight quick hitch is straight cat I, but I'm not positive.
    SIL bought ours 9 or 10 yrs ago from Harbor Freight and I thought they were cat 1, if they were the upper and lower links need bushings.

    I've used my BB without bushings and a the few times I've used my rear blade without the bushings. Just my 2 cents
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Unfortunately, no. The width and height of the hitch pin location changes when you go to cat II, and again for cat III.

    I believe the Harbor Freight quick hitch is straight cat I, but I'm not positive.
    The Harbor Freight unit is the one I am going to get. Guess I'll wait until I actually have it to see if bushings are required. It is a Cat I. TSC sells at Cat I and Cat II, they require bushings, if I am not mistaken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredHickory View Post
    The Harbor Freight unit is the one I am going to get. Guess I'll wait until I actually have it to see if bushings are required. It is a Cat I. TSC sells at Cat I and Cat II, they require bushings, if I am not mistaken.
    My daughters bought me a Harbor Freight unit and I needed the bushings. Bought the bushings from Northern Tool for less than half of what TSC wanted for them.
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    If I remember correctly, the original Quik Coupler for farm tractors required bushings for CAT II implements, that is to say that the opening in the coupler was CAT III size. I also think that the original bushings were held on the implement with roll pins.
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    I have the HF one and it requires the bushings, as others have stated.
    I also have always wondered why they designed a hitch for a certain category of implement but made it so you needed bushings. Weird. I'm sure there is some 50-year-old standard somewhere that was the reason.
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