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So as stated in this thread I was intrigued by this attachment and had decided to order one.

http://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/implements-attachments/13530-ultimate-toolrack.html

I was particularly looking for a carryall, some ballast and a trailer hitch. There are some other companies that offer some of these options or even all of them, but this seemed like it was really the fit I was looking for compared to some of the other options. This is almost like adding a pickup bed to the tractor vs. a trailer hitch/ballast option that might include a carryall box. My usage didn't require the concentration being on ballast or trailer hitch, but I wanted to have some of both those options.

The ordering was simple and easy, the owner followed up and communication was great. Everything was timely and as expected.

Here is how it was packaged as delivered to a business I have a relationship with that i usually get my tractor implements delivered to. As most are probably aware shipping is usually easier and less expensive when delivered to a business with a dock and forklift than at home/farm even though most of use have the equivalent of a forklift with our tractors shipping companies don't want to deal with no one at home, tractor not big enough ... for the difference in pricing they offer the vendors.

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Now as it happens on this particular day I did not have access to the pickup I would normally use to transport implements/attachments from the friendly business to my home. The BTR is also designed to attach to a trailer hitch so I figured I'd use the Jeep to bring it home by mounting it on the trailer hitch. This brings to mind that there might be some non tractor uses for this item. I might explore that in the future, it looks like this could be an excellent carry all for camping and I'm sure other uses.

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So I get it home and now need to take it off the trailer hitch on the Jeep. Run into a slight issue here, entirely the fault of the trailer hitch not the BTR. I have an extension on the hitch to clear the spare tire. It works ok, but can end up creating a weird angle and binding the removal of items attached. Have had issues with other hitch mounted items such as my mountain bike rack before. This is clearly not as issue with the BTR itself.

I figure I will use the tractor and forks to put a pallet right underneath the BTR and then use the tractor to pull it out of the hitch. Now as it turns out I'm trying to do this in the middle of a rain storm and minutes away from a thunderstorm and lightning so I'm probably in too much of a hurry. You can see I have a bad angle on the pallet here for example. I end up lifting the forks a little to high and actually lift the rear of the Jeep almost off the ground and also actually pulling my Jeep backwards a couple inches. I'm thinking at this point I probably just messed up my brand new BTR and this really sucks. Well that turned out not to be the case. This did absolutely nothing to the BTR at all. It was still in perfect shape … this thing is in fact an incredibly substantial and heavy duty piece of kit!

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So at this point I actually have some Thunderstorms and it is getting dark. More on this review to continue tomorrow as I attach it to the tractor and start using it …
 

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Didn't you just order this about a day ago??? That was fast!

That storm probably hit me about 20 minutes after it hit you. I am definitely interested in hearing more. Please also give some more details on the possibility of using it as a carryall on the trailer hitch on your truck. I didn't even think abut that. I keep looking at those cheap carriers at Harbor Freight, but if the BTR worked on the tractor as well as the truck, all the better!!!
 

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Didn't you just order this about a day ago??? That was fast!
It was 8 days if I recall correctly from placing the order to delivery. I may have posted in the other thread that I had placed the order a couple days after actually placing the order.

That storm probably hit me about 20 minutes after it hit you. I am definitely interested in hearing more. Please also give some more details on the possibility of using it as a carryall on the trailer hitch on your truck. I didn't even think abut that. I keep looking at those cheap carriers at Harbor Freight, but if the BTR worked on the tractor as well as the truck, all the better!!!
I'll be exploring using it on the Jeep or other vehicle more. I have one of those flat horizontal carry alls for a trailer hitch already, but this might work as a better replacement for that. That one isn't useful for stacking stuff as high as this one would probably be safe and efficient for.

I didn't even think of moving it this way until a day or so ago. I had found out that my brother was going to be out of town when it was going to be delivered today. Normally I would use his truck to move something like this. I would have had to wait until Sunday or Monday to pick it up from the place it was delivered. I then remembered that I thought I had seen on the website that it could connect to a normal 2" trailer hitch and decided to give it a try.

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Now attached to the tractor.

I can think of an addition needed here. Bracket to hold slow moving vehicle sign on the BTR itself. Didn't recall seeing that option on the website, it might be one. Could also be a spot already there that I missed. If not it's a small item that could be an improvement if anyone is going to be out on the road with the BTR attached. This is something I might do on occasion if going to do work at a neighbors or sometimes I'll actually drive the mile on back roads to a gas station that is close to fill up instead of schlepping gas cans around.

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Looks good from the side too.

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The fit and finish is really well done as can be seen in this picture of the gate latch.

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3 Point hitch. It was pretty easy to get on and off. On my tractor I did have to do a little lifting to get the attachment points to meet up as the arms didn't go down far enough to meet up with the BTR on the ground or pallet. I think this is where the wheels setup obviously would make that easier. I plan on getting those with the next purchase. Also possible this would be easier with iMatch, I do not have one of those yet, it is on order from my JD dealer.

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Typical use for something like this, I've used the forks or bucket to move feed before, but this is more secure in theory.

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One of the actual reasons I was looking for something like this. I've used my forks to move tree trimmings, but they do tend to fall off sometimes. Or have to chop them up to get them into the bucket. Of course I can't just dump it out of here like with the forks on to the brush pile.

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Dog doesn't seem to like the Dog carrier use test. :laugh:

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Nice review. Looks like a quality attachment that will last a long time.


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A trucktractor. Thanks for the post mikeb, looks really nice and useful.
 

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I nearly always have something behind the tractor, on the 3pt, be it brush hog or hay spear. I have an old 1954 Ford PU bed that I use for a small trailer behind the truck. Cost me $6/year to keep it legal with tags, etc., but this might be an option for around the property, as I could put it behind a lawn tractor, and pick up rocks and other debris as I go along.

I'm looking forward to further review, so I will know how it pulls over terrain.
 

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It's been a little while, but thought I would update this write up on the Big Tool Rack with some more pictures of some tasks I've used this for. It has been great for yard clean up.

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I've also upgraded with the chainsaw holder and weedwacker/tool holder. Will need to take some pictures, thought I had them, but can't find them now. Also got the stands for it. Those are key. It can be kind of a pain to get on/off the 3 point hitch/imatch without the stands. With the stands it is a breeze. No different than any 3 point hitch attachment. When tree trimming I've found that if I raise the 3 point hitch all the way I can often stand in it and avoid having to drag a ladder along.
 

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It's been a little while, but thought I would update this write up on the Big Tool Rack with some more pictures of some tasks I've used this for. It has been great for yard clean up.

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Can you post some photos which shows the front of the BTR when it is attached to the iMatch? I'm curious how it rides level as your iMatch appears to be at a severe angle when raised yet the BTR appears level. Does that mean the BTR droops down when you lower the iMatch a bit?
 

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Can you post some photos which shows the front of the BTR when it is attached to the iMatch? I'm curious how it rides level as your iMatch appears to be at a severe angle when raised yet the BTR appears level. Does that mean the BTR droops down when you lower the iMatch a bit?
You do have to adjust the top link some to keep the BTR level at different heights. That particular picture has a non standard top link being used as well. I was experimenting with a Hydraulink at the time.

Not where I got it, but I think it is the same product.

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I'll take some additional pictures of the front part with the standard top link and post them within the next day or so.

edit to add: Having the level be able to be changed by the top link lets it act somewhat as a dump bed too. I had completely forgotten that one of the things I was experimenting with was when you loosen the hydraulink or lengthen the standard top link, it can angle the BTR back allowing material to fall out. I moved some stone this way. Of course usually easier to use the loader bucket for that, but sometimes I try things just to try them.
 

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Can you post some photos which shows the front of the BTR when it is attached to the iMatch? I'm curious how it rides level as your iMatch appears to be at a severe angle when raised yet the BTR appears level. Does that mean the BTR droops down when you lower the iMatch a bit?
Here you go.

The first picture is at about 2 on the rockshaft and the second is at the height I normally have the mmm set. I usually have it on when using the mmm for carrying chainsaw, picking up yard debris(and toys left out by my niece), and sometimes weedwacker or other tools. This is with the standard top link.

As I mentioned in the last post you do have to adjust the top link to level it, this is pretty much like any 3 point attachment.

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Thank you, those photos are very helpful.
 
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