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Hey Gents,

Just finished connecting the H120 loader and Frontier RC2048 to my 1026R. After last nights storm I've got some cleaning up to do :thumbsdown:in the morning and wanted to be ready tonight. Anyway I'm definitely in the market for a quick connect for the 3 point hitch. What a pain in the A** :nunu:putting that thing on is.

I've heard of Speeco and was wondering what you guys think of that unit as opposed to the JD iMatch.

I could kick myself for not getting one in the tractor purchase! Kinda wondering too why the dealer didn't mention it now that I think about it. :unknown:

Thanks!
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You can't go wrong for getting a quick hitch. :thumbup1gif: I have no issues with my older JD iMatch. The newest one now available has the adjustable top hook.


I moved this to the implements and attachments section. Hope you don't mind.:hi:
 

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Larry,

I just put my John Deere Imatch on my 1026R a couple of weeks ago.

PROS:
I just back up to the ballast box while aligning the center hook of the Imatch with the center pin on the ballast box and adjust the hook height as I get closer. When the hook is under the pin, I raise the Imatch and watch that the 2 lower hooks are catching the 2 lower pins on the ballast box. Then I get off the tractor to latch the 2 latch levers after checking to make sure all 3 hooks are properly seated. Like everything else, this gets faster with practice.

CONS:
The Imatch makes the tractor about 5" longer and maybe 50# heavier.

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I've found that it pays to buy John Deere equipment as opposed to cheaper off brands because you get the durable John Deere paint job along with John Deere's detailed design and manufacturing.
 

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You can't go wrong for getting a quick hitch. :thumbup1gif: I have no issues with my older JD iMatch. The newest one now available has the adjustable top hook.


I moved this to the implements and attachments section. Hope you don't mind.:hi:
Nope, not at all. Should have posted it there in the first place. Thanks!
 

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Larry,

I just put my John Deere Imatch on my 1026R a couple of weeks ago.

PROS:
I just back up to the ballast box while aligning the center hook of the Imatch with the center pin on the ballast box and adjust the hook height as I get closer. When the hook is under the pin, I raise the Imatch and watch that the 2 lower hooks are catching the 2 lower pins on the ballast box. Then I get off the tractor to latch the 2 latch levers after checking to make sure all 3 hooks are properly seated. Like everything else, this gets faster with practice.

CONS:
The Imatch makes the tractor about 5" longer and maybe 50# heavier.

COMMENT:
I've found that it pays to buy John Deere equipment as opposed to cheaper off brands because you get the durable John Deere paint job along with John Deere's detailed design and manufacturing.
Thanks Larry. As far as the CON goes, I'm currently using the RC2048 for ballast. So I'll end up with a far shorter footprint with the iMatch and the ballast box I've still not purchased. Do you mind me asking how much the iMatch set you back? I'm thinking the JD ballast box is ~350 but don't know what the quick connect costs.

I'd prefer to make my own ballast box but I don't have welding eqpt. Some of the things guys here make is awesome.
 

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... Do you mind me asking how much the iMatch set you back? I'm thinking the JD ballast box is ~350 but don't know what the quick connect costs...
Larry,

The Imatch was $330 plus tax and I think the ballast box was about $230.
 

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I just put my John Deere Imatch on my 1026R a couple of weeks ago.

Then I get off the tractor to latch the 2 latch levers after checking to make sure all 3 hooks are properly seated.
Did you know... that the latches have inclined planes so that you can flip the levers down, go grab your ballast box and the latches will "pop" into place when you lift. Might save you one trip on and off your tractor. I discovered that by accident.
 

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Did you know... that the latches have inclined planes so that you can flip the levers down, go grab your ballast box and the latches will "pop" into place when you lift.
Arlen,

There's hardly a day goes by that I don't learn something. Thank you for today's lesson.
 

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I have a Speeco on my 1026r, it works great. I got it from Fleet Farm.
 

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I run Speeco quick hitches on both of my tractors and love them. I have modified the handles so they face forward and no need to get off the tractor to latch and unlatch.
I use my box scraper instead of a ballast box, the scraper weights 365 pounds and I just hang suit case weights on it if I need more weight.

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It looks the same as the one I have, but mine is black and is a Speeco.
That one is a Speeco. Farm Force by Speeco. Wonder what the difference is?
 

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I run Speeco quick hitches on both of my tractors and love them. I have modified the handles so they face forward and no need to get off the tractor to latch and unlatch.
I use my box scraper instead of a ballast box, the scraper weights 365 pounds and I just hang suit case weights on it if I need more weight.

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Thanks man. I cannot believe the weight that the H120 in pic two is picking up! Nice setup. If you look at the front tires you can tell that's a lot of weight. What do you think that log weighs?
 

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Can someone post a photo of what the new style John Deere iMatch looks like?
 

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Looks like this . . .

imatch1.jpg , New iMatch.jpg

Mine just came in a couple days ago . . . has been ordered since February 12. :laugh:

Yeah . . . thass' right . . . five (count 'em . . . 5 months) :gaah:
 

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Looks like this . . .

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Mine just came in a couple days ago . . . has been ordered since February 12. :laugh:

Yeah . . . thass' right . . . five (count 'em . . . 5 months) :gaah:
Still waiting for mine... What position does the top hook have to be in to mimick the old iMatch? Is the top hook the only change that you can see?
 

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Add me to the list of Speeco users. It was quite a bit cheaper than the imatch and adjustable to boot.
 

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Just picked up the HF qh...yeah I know but I couldn't pass up the price. $93 out the door. I'll paint it green and pocket the difference. I thought I'd saved the thread that talked about the bushings needed. Is it cat 2 bushings?

Bah, getting old is a PITA.
 
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