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I'm thinking I'll give my "old" I match hitch to Jr. for the 8n...Need driveline clearance....Longer from pto....can't shorten the odd ball shafts.

Is the New I match with the movable top hook ( og original did not have this feature) The one to own:munch:

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Is there another brand thats somehow better...I can paint it if needed:flag_of_truce: that has something better to offer??


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I think I paid near 400 when the I match first landed....Have no clue what the new unit cost...
 

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I think I paid near 400 when the I match first landed....Have no clue what the new unit cost...
New iMatch runs anywhere from $375 to $399. A lot of folks prefer the original non-adjustable hook as the bolts on the new adjustable hook get in the way on certain implements. While at first the adjustable hook sounds like a great idea, swapping between 6 implements I've never found the need to change hook positions.
 

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New iMatch runs anywhere from $375 to $399. A lot of folks prefer the original non-adjustable hook as the bolts on the new adjustable hook get in the way on certain implements. While at first the adjustable hook sounds like a great idea, swapping between 6 implements I've never found the need to change hook positions.

I've got a couple implements that are just a bit "off"

Does Kens new hook thing deal with what you speak of..??
 

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I have the original iMatch with the fixed hook. I intentionally looked for one with the fixed hook. I also have one from HF with the adjustable hook and have been dealing with it today. I just had my welder guy convert my 3pt bale stabber to work with my iMatch. However, when trying to use it with my HF unit, it would not fit, so had to make some adjustments to it.

I much prefer the fixed hook iMatch.

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Hmmmm.

Jr may get a HF unit...I had no Idea my antiquated fixed hook thing was actually the golden child.


We gotta run this over run clutch thing so......a "I match" type unit will move things back to acommodate for our lack of BEING able to shorten shafts on our old weird mower...ohhh and the BFB..leaf remover unit.

Yea He has to share ...I like the old 8n. Till I find Mine...Its doing double duty.

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I've got a couple implements that are just a bit "off"

Does Kens new hook thing deal with what you speak of..??
Some implements, like my subsoiler, the frame hits the IMatch before the pin will sit down into the hook. There are other implements with this problem also. Ken’s hook fixes this problem. Love mine.
 

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Another vote here to keep the fixed hook version! Put a HF or other imported one on the 8N, buy the extended hook for it if needed.
 

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It seems all new quick hitches, whether green or some other color, have this problem with the top hook. Kenny's $40 extended top hook solves that problem. I too have never needed to adjust the top hook up or down. IDK what implement would actually require that to begin with. But nonetheless, Kenny's top hook solves the issue with various implement being unable to get onto the hook. He has one for the iMatch and one for all the other brands. The bolt spacing is of course different on the iMatch vs all the other brands :).

As for which brand quick hitch to get... I have the Harbor Freight quick hitch and am very pleased with it. It is $109, and I only paid $80 with a coupon that as usually available. Then add Kenny's $40 hook and you're golden for a total of $120. Tim uses the HF quick hitch on Johnny. I think we've all seen that it's been used heavily and without fail.

As for the iMatch... sorry, but the exact same thing painted green and called an iMatch for $416 (including the needed extended top hook) is absurd. There is no functional, mechanical, physical, or quality difference I can find between the iMatch and the others. I can't find source information and I could be wrong, but I remember reading the imatch is not made in the USA either. If so, you can't even use the "buy USA" reasoning. So essentially, it's $300 worth of green paint. No thanks. I used that $300 and bought a heavy hitch with suitcase weights instead, which fits nicely on my HF black quick hitch :).
 

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It seems all new quick hitches, whether green or some other color, have this problem with the top hook. Kenny's $40 extended top hook solves that problem. I too have never needed to adjust the top hook up or down. IDK what implement would actually require that to begin with. But nonetheless, Kenny's top hook solves the issue with various implement being unable to get onto the hook. He has one for the iMatch and one for all the other brands. The bolt spacing is of course different on the iMatch vs all the other brands :).

As for which brand quick hitch to get... I have the Harbor Freight quick hitch and am very pleased with it. It is $109, and I only paid $80 with a coupon that as usually available. Then add Kenny's $40 hook and you're golden for a total of $120. Tim uses the HF quick hitch on Johnny. I think we've all seen that it's been used heavily and without fail.
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I've got a couple implements that are just a bit "off"

Does Kens new hook thing deal with what you speak of..??
Yes, Kens extended hook solves the problem.
For less money, Ken also has pins that solve the problem using the original hook.
 

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It seems all new quick hitches, whether green or some other color, have this problem with the top hook. Kenny's $40 extended top hook solves that problem. I too have never needed to adjust the top hook up or down. IDK what implement would actually require that to begin with. But nonetheless, Kenny's top hook solves the issue with various implement being unable to get onto the hook. He has one for the iMatch and one for all the other brands. The bolt spacing is of course different on the iMatch vs all the other brands :).

As for which brand quick hitch to get... I have the Harbor Freight quick hitch and am very pleased with it. It is $109, and I only paid $80 with a coupon that as usually available. Then add Kenny's $40 hook and you're golden for a total of $120. Tim uses the HF quick hitch on Johnny. I think we've all seen that it's been used heavily and without fail.

As for the iMatch... sorry, but the exact same thing painted green and called an iMatch for $416 (including the needed extended top hook) is absurd. There is no functional, mechanical, physical, or quality difference I can find between the iMatch and the others. I can't find source information and I could be wrong, but I remember reading the imatch is not made in the USA either. If so, you can't even use the "buy USA" reasoning. So essentially, it's $300 worth of green paint. No thanks. I used that $300 and bought a heavy hitch with suitcase weights instead, which fits nicely on my HF black quick hitch :).
I have the iMatch and also the HF version and i can tell you that there is no comparison. The HF looks and operates like it is 30-40 years old after 3 years of being exposed to the weather. It is so flimsy that i worry about the extra power of the 4066R will break it.

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I have the Landpride quick hitch.

It does have an adjustable hook, but I found the sweet spot and it has been bolted there ever since.

The hook works fine and I have not found a need to replace it.

It compares in cost with the iMatch.

It is Made in America.
 

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Another vote here to keep the fixed hook version! Put a HF or other imported one on the 8N, buy the extended hook for it if needed.
Curious why you like the fixed hook version of the I-Match? I need the adjustable hook on my Speco as my Bush Hog is different spacing from my chipper and my ballast box.
 

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I have the iMatch and also the HF version and i can tell you that there is no comparison. The HF looks and operates like it is 30-40 years old after 3 years of being exposed to the weather. It is so flimsy that i worry about the extra power of the 4066R will break it.
I haven't had it for years. But plenty of others have. I'm not sure what could be considered flimsy on it. What are you seeing as weak or not working properly?


Curious why you like the fixed hook version of the I-Match? I need the adjustable hook on my Speco as my Bush Hog is different spacing from my chipper and my ballast box.
The bolts for the adjustable hook get in the way of implements that have a narrow top link point. It's not actually the hook itself. The extended hook gets the hook out far enough away from the bolts.
 

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I've got a couple implements that are just a bit "off"

Does Kens new hook thing deal with what you speak of..??
yes it does deal with the differences :bigthumb:
 

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I have the Landpride quick hitch.

It does have an adjustable hook, but I found the sweet spot and it has been bolted there ever since.

The hook works fine and I have not found a need to replace it.

It compares in cost with the iMatch.

It is Made in America.
That's what I have. A LP QH-15. The list price for the QH-15 is $499 which is $100 more than the iMatch but it did come with the additional hardware to float the top-hook. Ironically, it came with pins to secure the top-hook and they kept popping off so I replaced them with low-profile bolts. The newer iMatch comes with bolts and folks are replacing them with pins - go figure. :)

Like you, I have never needed to move my top-hook. Rear implements are three different rear blades, landscape rake, Subsoiler, ballast box, and trailer mover.
 

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I haven't had it for years. But plenty of others have. I'm not sure what could be considered flimsy on it. What are you seeing as weak or not working properly?



The bolts for the adjustable hook get in the way of implements that have a narrow top link point. It's not actually the hook itself. The extended hook gets the hook out far enough away from the bolts.
The handles no longer work well. And the rubber on one of the handles is nearly gone after only 3 years of outside exposure. It is made of sheet metal and weighs less than half what an iMatch weighs. At my age the iMatch is a problem for me to carry, but not so with the HF. The HF is showing a lot of rust.

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New iMatch runs anywhere from $375 to $399. A lot of folks prefer the original non-adjustable hook as the bolts on the new adjustable hook get in the way on certain implements. While at first the adjustable hook sounds like a great idea, swapping between 6 implements I've never found the need to change hook positions.
Interesting. I have a Cyclone blower that is fully 2" different than my JD ballast box and hitch. Ken's pins make the spacing change easy, but don't think I'd be able to work with a fixed hook.
 

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My lower parts of I match fit all but one implement.

Its the top hook thats the issue.

If it would go up or down an inch or just come off altogether I'd be golden.

Been watching for one on CL but no luck...not even a HF one & our local HF no longer stocks them.

They are similar but Not as nice in the lower latch area from what I did see of one.

The price is right though.

Hmmm....I could spend 400 on several other things @ the moment.
 

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My lower parts of I match fit all but one implement.

Its the top hook thats the issue.

If it would go up or down an inch or just come off altogether I'd be golden.

Been watching for one on CL but no luck...not even a HF one & our local HF no longer stocks them.

They are similar but Not as nice in the lower latch area from what I did see of one.

The price is right though.

Hmmm....I could spend 400 on several other things @ the moment.

You might want to get one of these adapters Adapter for Cat. 1 Quick Hitch - RanchEx 811882028552 | eBay They work on the top hook problems. I have one on order, but usually I just fix the implement to make it work as I did this week with my bale stabber.

Dave
 
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