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    Question 3 point hitch stability

    I have a 1023E. I have an I match and an attachment for a 2" ball. I have an arena drag that is rather heavy. The drag has a handle that should raise it onto its wheels so it can be transported. But when I try to raise it , the 3 point hitch goes up by itself. I am assuming the drag is too heavy, though it is made for small tractors and ATV. Any ideal on how to keep the hitch from moving?
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    A couple ideas....

    Are you putting the 3pt adjustment lever (or is it moving) all the way back down after you “set” it to the height you want?

    Have you tried adjusting the rate of trip lever for the 3 pt to a point where it will hold the 3pt at the level you wanted?

    Does it drop with other items on it? Perhaps your 3pt is internally bypassing and needs to be serviced?
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    As you are finding out, there is no down pressure on the 3PH, so you can try to add weight to it-or run a chain from where the top link connects down to the hitch plate (the one under the PTO with the hole in it).


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    Quote Originally Posted by pachilly View Post
    Any ideal on how to keep the hitch from moving?
    Consider a similar technique as the King Kutter folks on their 3pt trailer mover. On the tractor side of the hitch, the black chain and bracket are designed to be bolted to the tractor hitch plate. A small clevis in the hitch and a short piece of chain attached to your hitch would keep you rolling. I'm sure you can find the right place to attach it or weld a small tab on the tractor side like in the picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    A couple ideas....

    Are you putting the 3pt adjustment lever (or is it moving) all the way back down after you “set” it to the height you want?

    Have you tried adjusting the rate of trip lever for the 3 pt to a point where it will hold the 3pt at the level you wanted?

    Does it drop with other items on it? Perhaps your 3pt is internally bypassing and needs to be serviced?
    I have had lighter things on it and it worked fine. No matter where I set the 3PH it will raise with adjustment of the arena drag. I think the poster below you is correct, there is no downward weight. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by pachilly View Post
    I have had lighter things on it and it worked fine. No matter where I set the 3PH it will raise with adjustment of the arena drag. I think the poster below you is correct, there is no downward weight. Thanks
    The problem is not the weight of an implement, when you set the wheels for transport it shift the center of gravity taking the weight off the hitch.
    Heavy Hitch sells a weight bracket with a receiver that would solve your problem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    The problem is not the weight of an implement, when you set the wheels for transport it shift the center of gravity taking the weight off the hitch.
    Heavy Hitch sells a weight bracket with a receiver that would solve your problem.


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    The advantage of weight bearing hitch is you still have the lift range of your 3pt. The chain method I posted above limits your hitch travel for implement use, but when the time comes that you want/need to lift higher, you can't until you detach the chain. It's not difficult, but something to keep in mind.

    Nice to have options.
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    Good topic. I'm learning!!
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    Like others have said, you need to weight your hitch. Weld a piece of flat bar across the hitch you have on the side facing the iMatch and hang suitcase weights on it until your problem goes away. Make sure before you weld you don't block your ability to hook it up.
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    Or, just forget about using the hitch ball on your imatch.

    Go to Heavy Hitch and spend $99 on their rear receiver hitch plate. It's an, easy, direct bolt-on.

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    https://heavyhitch.com/product/rear-...ries-tractors/

    I use mine for my chain harrow, arena drag, and my manure spreader. Here's a picture taken today with the manure spreader on the Heavy Hitch receiver.

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    Also, it will make for a shorter total package, and you'll be better able to manuever to drag closer to the corners. I drag a dressage arena with a low 12 inch wall, so I can drag it with the FEL and bucket still on; just raise them enough to clear the wall.
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