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That's interesting. I just bought an iMatch hitch . . . salesman didn't say anything about a new iMatch being available.

Appears they are yielding to competition. I really feel like the original will do fine if implements are bought to fit. Rather revise the implement once than the hitch every time I hook up.

But, then again, if the new hitch offers significant advantages, the one I just picked up will be going back for exchange. :unknown: :think: :dunno:
 

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HHHhmmmmm, now isn't that interesting. Did you get this off of Deere's site?

Thanks Joe. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Imatch Hitch

Isn't it interesting how the new John Deere I-Match quick hitch looks soooo much like the Nortrac QH?
Northern Tool has these for a much more reasonable price. You can always paint it green.
KHOP
PS, hope I didn't offend anyone.
 

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KHOP, Harbor freight has close to the same one for around 70 bucks also.

I know many people feel different, but the adjustable hook does little for me. The tools that I own that are not compatable do not fit by both height and width. Plus it seems to take away from the "quick" hitch part if we have to adjust each time.
 

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Mine's Backordered

I took delivery of my 2520 today, was supposed to have an iMatch for my Ballast Box but the salesman says its backordered cause its been redesigned.
 

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I like it! I have purchased 4 imatches, sold 2, and love them! I like the new design, it will allow you to use it with a wider variety of implements from other brands vs/ modifying them to fit. I do think they need the adjustable top hook to be quick to adjust with pins instead of bolts. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Sorry to take so long to reply, here is the link to JD that will show the new i-Match: http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/products/equipment/tractors/sub_compact_utility_tractors/1_series/1026r_sub_compact/1026r_sub_compact.page?

Once the link opens, go to the botton of page, select Features, Key Features, then look under the heading "Optional iMatch™ Quick-Hitch allows for easy implement hookup ... more

Here is a copy of the paragraph addressing the new hitch, note last line:
The iMatch Quick-Hitch provides easy hookup and a guaranteed fit for all Category 1 implements designed to meet the ASAE Category 1 Standard S278.6 for quick-attach hitches.
All implements require a set of bushings in order for the attachment to fit and work properly with the iMatch Quick-Hitch. One set of bushings comes with the iMatch Quick-Hitch.
The imatch Quick-Hitch now has an adjustable center link that will increase the versatility of the hitch and will make attaching implements easier than ever before.

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Curious...I remember seeing one on JDparts, buy it was never sold...Can you see the dates on that drawing Joe?

Here was a thread about a simular one: http://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/showthread.php?961-Economy-iMatch-Available&highlight=imatch
Kenny

A local dealer has one of those on display along with the i-Match, it is $100.00 less! Now that it is going to be the standard, think I will go back and buy it, paint green and have the new one at a cut-rate price!

Joe
 

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I do think they need the adjustable top hook to be quick to adjust with pins instead of bolts. :thumbup1gif:
My Land Pride QH came with clevis pins using hair pins to secure them. The hair pins kept popping out due to vibration, so I use cotter rings (similar to key rings) that are more secure.

I also notice the fixed top hook bracket has 8 holes, which is more than my Land Pride has. It also appears the frame is notched to allow the hook to drop lower too.

I just wish the implement manufacturers would get on board with the ASAE standard so we don't have to modify implements and use adjustable top hooks; but in the meantime an adjustable top hook is an acceptable compromise for me.
 

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Rather revise the implement once than the hitch every time I hook up.

That's the way I feel too.

My thoughts too!:thumbup1gif:

Greg (and others)
To quote a very wise man (Curly of the Three Stooges):

"Me Three!"

and I don't have a welder to modify anything. Now I suppose if there was no price differential it might not hurt. And, I've had the luxury of acquiring everything recently and I don't buy unless it meets the standard. I've seen the carry all at TSC, and now that it's QH compatible it's probably in my future. With time, more and more manufactures will figure this out.

I did try a quick hitch "compatible" trailer hitch device at a chain down here called Southern States. It had a quick hitch sticker on it, but did not fit the I-Match. Bough one from my Deere dealer that worked. So one possible down side to everyone moving to an adjustable top hook is manufacturers being able to claim it QH Compatible when it's really not. :nunu:

I think this will be a "buyer beware" situation for everyone going forward. Bring a string and tape measure when buying any 3 pt item. 'course, that's what the "fixed hook" crowd is already doing...

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Wonderful. I bought the iMatch in the fall and it's a hassle compared to my dad's HF QH with the adjustable top hook. Now Deere makes the change. Sounds like I need to put mine on Craigslist.
 
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