I was never sold on the idea of an iMatch and probably would not have had one if my daughters had not bought one for me. In the past I had only the rear ballast box, the days of other attachments are now behind me and figured the need vs cost was not worth it. NOW, with the chipper I am glad to have it.Good tip. I think you are correct about top link adjustment.
Keep in mind that the iMatch hitch fixes the three mounting points on a plane. The whole iMatch unit then raises and lowers on an arc. In the down position, the 3 attachment points are perpendicular to the ground. As the hitch is raised, the upper mount essentially moves closer to the tractor, and the 2 lower points move away from the tractor. Here are a coupl of pictures of 3 point mounted forks to illustrate that.
If I could offer only one tip, this is it. Back up with your eye on aligning the top hook into the implement.You should only need to focus on the top link hook and be sure to line up correctly (not one side to close and one side to far out)
Well, I thought that too when I got mine but I rarely can do a complete hook up from the seat. My attachments are out in the field most of the time and thus not on a level surface. I use a landscape rake the most and when I do hook it up from the seat I have to get off the seat and raise the landscape parking jack anyways. For me the biggest benefit of the I-match is I do not have to wrestle big heavy implements around. My tiller for my JD 400 GT is a perfect example. It isn't Imatch compatible and it weighs over 300 lbs. If I am not on a good surface it can be a real bear to wrestle that thing around and get it on the hitch. With my Imatch and my landscape rack (similar in weight and awkwardness) I do not have to do much physical work to get it hooked up but I usually have to get out of the seat to get things lined up perfect etc. I am hooking up on the edge of cleared piece of land and the rake is actually in the woods so the terrain is not my friend.I bought it so I wouldn't have to get off the seat.
I've never seen a Deere operator manual for the iMatch but Land Pride's quick hitch is nearly identical and has an excellent guide.I am sure I could use mine more efficiently if I had instructions but I am self taught on that piece of equipment. :bigbeer: