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Sorry for asking what is probably considered a dumb question, but I just don't have the experience yet. I purchased a 2305 this morning that is missing the top link for the rear hitch. I called my local JD dealership and they quoted me a price of $384 for the link. Since a cat 1 top link at Tractor Supply is around $20, I am assuming the JD link is higher quality? Is that it? Do I need the OEM JD link for grading my driveway with a 5' rear blade? Or will a standard cat 1 aftermarket link work? I'm just trying to understand if their is more than meets the eye here. Thanks guy's.
 

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I've used the TSC links for years with no problems. The JD is outrageously over-priced in my opinion, they are both just basically a turnbuckle. The TSC ones are so cheap I just buy one for every piece of equipment and leave it on it so I don't have to re-adjust when changing to another piece of equipment. Just my $.02, YMMV.
 

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I have used TSC top links on various tractors for several years with zero issues. The 3 point on most compact tractors isn't going to lift enough weight to be worried IMO. I would say if doing some serious ground engaging work having the beefier top link would be needed but we with compact tractors would run out of traction before the top link would fail I think.
 

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An aftermarket top link will work just fine. No reason to spend the extra for JD in that situation.
X 20 !!! Certain JD OEM top links must be cast from Unobtainium. I can't think of any other reason for the ~400 price tag.

Now then, here's something to tweak your mellon. Check out these Cat-1 top link prices for various JD models.

Tractor Supply 26775999 $19.99
X750 AM130992 $78.28
1025R LVA16650 $148.25
2305 LVA803013 $384.67
2032R LVA803013 $384.67
3320 LVA14227 $209.87
3033R LVA16915 $97.50
4044R LVA19219 $91.75
5055E RE243206 $287.60

It looks like the 4044R top link is the best deal in town.
 

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X 20 !!! Certain JD OEM top links must be cast from Unobtainium. I can't think of any other reason for the ~400 price tag.

Now then, here's something to tweak your mellon. Check out these Cat-1 top link prices for various JD models.

Tractor Supply 26775999 $19.99
X750 AM130992 $78.28
1025R LVA16650 $148.25
2305 LVA803013 $384.67
2032R LVA803013 $384.67
3320 LVA14227 $209.87
3033R LVA16915 $97.50
4044R LVA19219 $91.75
5055E RE243206 $287.60


It looks like the 4044R top link is the best deal in town.
Insane when looking at the models and prices laid out together to compare. I have noticed the factory top link on my current tractor rusts FAR more than any other top link I have experiences with both on the farm and the personal tractors I've owned in the past. I regularly combat the rust on the threads and although it's no big deal and I'm not complaining about it, it is something I easily noticed. As far as the high prices, well they do have nice handles to grab onto for adjusting the top link so I'm sure JD is charging a premium for that.
 

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My 2305 was also missing the top link when I purchased the tractor. Based on the fact that the ball sockets were rusted in place and the PTO shaft looked like it had never been coupled to anything, it may have never been used.

The dealer put one on that looked just the ones from TSC or FleetFarm. The anodized finish also holds up much better than black paint. Galvanizing and Anodizing prices in the US have gone unrealistic with the regulations.
 

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An aftermarket top link will work just fine. No reason to spend the extra for JD in that situation.
X 20 !!! Certain JD OEM top links must be cast from Unobtainium. I can't think of any other reason for the ~400 price tag.

Now then, here's something to tweak your mellon. Check out these Cat-1 top link prices for various JD models.

Tractor Supply 26775999 $19.99
X750 AM130992 $78.28
1025R LVA16650 $148.25
2305 LVA803013 $384.67
2032R LVA803013 $384.67
3320 LVA14227 $209.87
3033R LVA16915 $97.50
4044R LVA19219 $91.75
5055E RE243206 $287.60

It looks like the 4044R top link is the best deal in town.
How do these people take themselves seriously? Almost $400 for a $10 turnbuckle with some ball joints?

What you're seeing is some kind of perverse pricing model...there are just enough unfortunate souls out there who lose their top link, and let JD rape them up the exhaust pipe because they don't realize they can get one that works just fine from TSC.

Just get the link from TSC, they are rated for much bigger, heavier, stronger tractors that also have a Cat 1 hitch.
 

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As far as the high prices, well they do have nice handles to grab onto for adjusting the top link so I'm sure JD is charging a premium for that.
That's just it. The most expensive top-links, the ones for the 2-series don't have any grab handles. They just have little metal loops that you have to stick a bar or something in to turn. The el-cheapo TSC top-link I had on my old Ford 9N had a nice T-bar handle for adjustments. I think the 1-series links have something similar.
 

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That green paint cost more, a lot more. :banghead::banghead:
 

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The JD OEM ones break like the TSC ones do.

Start thinking about a hydraulic top-link as you'll love it.
I would think about a hydraulic or one of the links that are internally valved and you just push a button to adjust them before I would pay the JD price.

As others have said, the $20 one from TSC will work just as well if you don't want to spend :gizmo:. Keep it lubricated and it will last as long as you do.

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Have 4 top links deere ebay used $150,new holland new $125, 2 generic $ 30/50 In my case using a rottotiller on my old jd 2210 i risk few time braking my rear pto $$$$ Only deere top link would not get loose from rottotiller vibrations Generic top links are build cheap they do not have a locking nut If you want to use implements that use rear pto i would say buy an oem one that has a real locking nut
http://www.ebay.com/itm/3320-JOHN-DEERE-TOP-LINK-0928-CAT-1-/311775807234?hash=item4897494702:g:SKcAAOSw8vZXNOHy clean pain save
 

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Only deere top link would not get loose from rottotiller vibrations
Generic top links are build cheap they do not have a locking nut
If you want to use implements that use rear pto i would say buy an oem one that has a real locking nut
The threads on most top links are common threads,,
the TSC CAT1 is 1 1/8 coarse thread.
You can use a $1 nut to lock the top link.

If you want to get real fancy, there is a thinner jam nut available,,,:good2:
it looks better.
:laugh:
 

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Get one with the rod that goes thru it to tighten and loosen. Unless, of course, you
want to carry around a pair of channel locks and a long screw driver.
The JDs that I had have all been replaced.
 

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Thanks everyone for all the feedback. Great information. I bought a TSC top link.
 

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I would go with tractor supply in a heartbeat, would just put some grease on the treads, keep it moving free.....
 
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