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I just recently bought a slightly used John Deere 647 Rototiller for my 1025R. I hooked it up to my quick hitch on my tractor and it seem like the all the hooks on my quick hitch were barely able to line up enough to get it on. It also looks like there is some U bolts that hold the brackets for the receiver pins on the tiller that you might be able to adjust that will allow you to center the hooks again. Has anyone ever had to adjust these U bolts for the receiver pins on their tiller to accommodate their quick hitch. One other thing there was some verbiage in the manual that stated when using it on a category 1, 3 point hitch install the brackets on the forward angle of the bar and when using the optional Alpha hitch which I am not sure what they are referring to, install the brackets on the upper angle of the front bar. I’m not sure if this would help in lining up my quick hitch any better or not? I would appreciate any insight anyone might have.
 

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Your tiller looks like it was designed to be able to be moved left or right to run offset from the center of the tractor which some guys do to prevent the tires from compacting freshly tilled soil when they are tilling in rows.

If you wish the hanger u bolts can be adjusted to center the tiller to the tractor and also better align with the quick hitch.

The previous owner may have made the u bolt spacing just fit the hitch to inhibit side to side motion when hooked up, which would sure make it harder to install but since the mounts are so wide there would be some movement if you dead centered everything to the hitch.
 

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“The previous owner may have made the u bolt spacing just fit the hitch to inhibit side to side motion when hooked up, which would sure make it harder to install but since the mounts are so wide there would be some movement if you dead centered everything to the hitch.”

I take it that you think the benefits of less side to side motion would out weigh the little extra time it takes to hook up the tiller. Any other pros or cons to this configuration? This tiller is 48 inches wide and my tractor width is around 47 inches so I was trying to avoid any offset in order to cover my tracks.
 

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I have only used a KingKutter 54 inch tiller on my tractor but I think it probably only really tilled 49 or 50 inches wide.
Myself, I prefer the tiller be centered on the tractor and I never had compaction problems making rows.
I would sneak the mounts over a little bit if I was you to help with hookup, these things suck to have to horse around to get them on. I don't think a little side to side movement will hurt too bad.
Seems like these tillers may move around a little more when on a quick hitch anyway, but I wouldn't want to do without my quick hitch.
I borrowed the tiller I used, and would love to find one like yours for a good price.
 
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If it were mine I’d move them, just enough to make for a little easier hookup.


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I have only used a KingKutter 54 inch tiller on my tractor but I think it probably only really tilled 49 or 50 inches wide.
Myself, I prefer the tiller be centered on the tractor and I never had compaction problems making rows.
I would sneak the mounts over a little bit if I was you to help with hookup, these things suck to have to horse around to get them on. I don't think a little side to side movement will hurt too bad.
Seems like these tillers may move around a little more when on a quick hitch anyway, but I wouldn't want to do without my quick hitch.
I borrowed the tiller I used, and would love to find one like yours for a good price.
Sounds good, next time I have it out and on my tractor I’ll loosen and slide them U bolts over a bit and give myself a little wiggle room. I was going to buy myself a King Kutter 48 inch on center tiller in the spring but I saw this one on Craigslist. It was a older fellow that said he had about 2 to 3 hours on it and sold his 2305 and got into a 3 series tractor. I would have had to pay about 1600.00 plus tax for the King Kutter new but I got this one for 1900.00 with no tax. I priced out the JD 647 tiller new and the cheapest I found was 2400.00 plus tax. I was happy to have came across this one. Hope you find a decent deal on one. Thanks!
 
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