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    I-match, is it worth it?

    I want to get an i-match hitch for my 1023E. It looks like a great setup. I realize it's not cheap, and there are cheaper options out there. But, if I'm going to do it, I might as well do it once and get it over with!

    Any here regret getting an I-match? Is it as slick as it looks?

    I'll be using it on my ballast box and my Frontier snowblower, both are I-match compatible.
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    Never once have I thought to myself "getting this iMatch sucks. I hate being able to connect and disconnect my implements from the seat and not having to wrestle them."

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    I waited a year to get the iMatch as I have to justify everything, especially toys... Anyway, I am in love with this device! I had a couple episodes of taking off the heavy ballast box on uneven ground and one time when the ground was wet, I was trying to get everything lined up (no iMatch) and well, it sucked and that instance completely justified the iMatch. Since having the iMatch, I can pickup any implement that is setup for the iMatch on any type of terrain, so it's quite worth the $350. My dealer was great and sold it to me for $350 out the door with the included side link bushings. I bought additional bushings from Tractor Supply and Belarus and they work well. I say GO FOR IT, you will not regret the money spent!
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    I bought my Tractor in May and by July I had my iMatch on order. Got tired of mashing my fingers every time I needed to swap out the back blade with the carry-all. The first time I backed up and dropped the carry-all and picked up the blade I laughed at how stupid I was not to have bought the iMatch right from the start.

    btw, I ordered/bought mine through Green Farm Parts right here on the site. Showed up 3 or 4 days later right at the front door. If you use the discount code over in their forum you get 12% off right now.... That pretty much covers the shipping charge.


    Doh! My bad. Sorry. I guess the promo ended last Sunday. Boooo!
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    I agree with the others. I bought my first imatch when they first came out many years ago. I then converted all of my non compatible equipment to fit it.
    The only way I will give them up is when I can no longer use a tractor.
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    I can honestly say I never wanted or felt I needed one...........Since we got the chipper it has made the swap back to ballast box and back to chipper a real snap.
    They do add some aggravation to hooking up a PTO shaft on these small tractors.
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    I could not do with out my i-match hitch. It just makes life easier so why not have one.
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    I have the $79 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch. It's a little sloppy and the upper hook and frame bind up on my TSC Carry-All. I would have bought the JD when I bought the Tractor if I had known how useful it is.

    I wouldn't be without one. You don't have to consider hook up time or effort. Makes a BIG deal when working around the place. Just go get something.

    3 must haves:

    Quick Hitch (or iMatch)
    Kens Hooks
    Piranha Bar ( I think..don't have one yet but I see every day the need)

    The parking loader, MMM, and backoe with the unbelieveable ease of connection is what sold me in the first place. The quick attach completes the system and makes this thing a swiss army knife.
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    I have the Harbor Freight one and it sits on the shelf a lot. Had I got the original I-Match with the fixed hook I could see it getting a lot more use....


    -636
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    Quote Originally Posted by 636mullet View Post
    I have the Harbor Freight one and it sits on the shelf a lot. Had I got the original I-Match with the fixed hook I could see it getting a lot more use....


    -636
    I had a HF unit for about 8 yrs , never regretted my choice. When I traded this summer needed a 2nd attachment so I bought the I Match with adj top hook ,, like the HF . I'm thinking when I got the HF Deere only had a fixed top hook. If you buy or have any used eqpt the adj top hook is the way to go. I bought a used 5' blade and I always have to move the top hook so I can use the blade.

    Had I got the original I-Match with the fixed hook I could see it getting a lot more use....

    My 2 cents no way it would have been used alot more, it would have been sold a long time ago if either of mine was a fixed hook..
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