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    420 quick connect?

    Hi all. I have a situation that I would like some advice on.

    My yard has a lot of areas that could use some dirt fill and leveling, but my 59 year old back can't do the moving and spreading by shovel any more so I need some mechanical means to do that.

    I currently have an '83 JD 420 with a plow and grapple. The plow does on for winter and the grapple goes on for summer. I also tow a DR Power Grader behind it to maintain my gravel driveway.

    I also have an '16 JD x394 that has a plow but is really only used for mowing duties and towing around a 10P cart.

    I'm thinking about a plow/shovel to move the dirt and using the Power Grader to level things out. But that means putting on and off the grapple that I use regularly for fire wood and other duties, which is a pain.

    So, I'm wondering if there is a quick connect system that I could put on the 420 to be able to quickly and easily swap between the plow/shovel and the grapple? Or is there a better option (that is low cost)?

    Thanks, Steve.
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    If you want to replace shoveling, you will need a FEL w/bucket, now these things are like gold so you may need to buy it on a tractor already (dedicated tractor/FEL). That is what I'm looking at too. Otherwise it would be a johnny bucket

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    I’m assuming with the grapple that you have a quick hitch.

    That’s as easy on/off as it gets.


    I think Deere used to have a tractor shovel that mounts to a 54 blade. You would pin the qh pivot, disconnect the hydraulic angle hoses and connect the dump lines to the shovel.

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    I have the manual for that 54" shovel attachment.
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    quick hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by rydplrs View Post
    I’m assuming with the grapple that you have a quick hitch.

    That’s as easy on/off as it gets.


    I think Deere used to have a tractor shovel that mounts to a 54 blade. You would pin the qh pivot, disconnect the hydraulic angle hoses and connect the dump lines to the shovel.
    Unfortunately, no, nothing has a quick hitch. Figured it was worth the question.

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    2018 Innovative Grapple
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    DR Power Grader
    MCS 7 Dump Hopper
    Power Flow Chute
    Rear Tire Chains
    (4) Suite Case Weights

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTx394 View Post
    Unfortunately, no, nothing has a quick hitch. Figured it was worth the question.

    Thanks.
    Do you have a picture of your grapple? The only ones I’ve seen were quick hitch.

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    Grapple picture

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    It attaches the same way as the plow, with a locking bar and spring clip.
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    2017 John Deere X394
    2017 44" Snow Blade
    2017 48" High Lift Deck
    2018 Innovative Grapple
    JD 10P Poly Cart
    Pull Behind Broadcast Spreader
    DR Power Grader
    MCS 7 Dump Hopper
    Power Flow Chute
    Rear Tire Chains
    (4) Suite Case Weights

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    420 quick connect?

    Quote Originally Posted by VTx394 View Post
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    It attaches the same way as the plow, with a locking bar and spring clip.
    Is that from innovative attachments? If it is it should work with your old style plow frame, or a quick hitch.

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