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Got a ranchex cat 1 quick hitch delivered today from Amazon for 149 including shipping. First impression of the hitch and how it fits is pretty good. The finish of the hitch isn't as pretty as pretty as an imatch hitch but for 149 I wasn't expecting anything better than I might weld and paint in my backyard. I am by no means an expert at either if those things. In short it looks as good as I expected it to. The paint doesn't match but that is fixable.

The important part of it though is that it fit exactly like it should. The "cat 1" version of the quick hitch doesn't require bushings to fit cat 1 implements. I tried it on my box blade and it fits perfect. It's rock solid with no slop in the pins. I also have no issues with the top hook not fitting.

One thing that is a plus for the x700s that I didn't think about (this is true for any quick hitch) the added length the quick hitch puts between the tractor and the implement means the implement gets raised higher in the air. I didn't measure it to say for sure but there is a definetly more ground clearance on my box blade now. For us limited cat 1 hitch folks that's a really nice plus that isn't mentioned as a benefit of a quick hitch.

So for 149 bucks I'm pretty happy with this purchase and it is so much better than pulling pins and lining up the draw bars.
 

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after using the quick hitch if ur like me. u will never take it off. the i-match or quick hitch to me is like how sliced bread was to the nation.:lol::bigthumb:
 

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Yea that thing is staying right where it is. They should really just come as a standard part of the 3PH. I don't get why they are an optional extra.
Funny thing is they are pretty much standard on larger tractors.
 

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It actually looks very substantial and fairly well engineered - built.
I would say you got great value for the money. :good2:
 

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Looks like you lucked out! I just went looking for it on Amazon and its no longer available. :unknown:
 

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I like that you don't need the bushings. Those suckers aren't cheap and add up.
It depends where you get them. Back when Bularis was around they sold bushing sets for $10.99 w/pins. I bought several sets at the time. I've seen them for around $12.99 as well. Unless you have a whole barn full of implements the bushing cost isn't over whelming. You also have the option to use tubular bushings that fasten with a lynch pin and can easily be moved from implement to implement (keep them on only the most used implements).

But... there's no arguing that bushings are a PITA in general. We still don't really know how the whole Cat-3 sized bushing thing got started to begin with.
 

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Looks like you lucked out! I just went looking for it on Amazon and its no longer available. :unknown:
When I bought it there were 16 available at that price. Who knows maybe my post encouraged people to buy the remaining 15. Honestly for 149 with "free" shipping it was a great deal. I really do like the no bushings bit. I was also very happy to see that there were no top link issues like others have reported with the harbor freight quick hitch.

I just looked on Amazon here is the link to what I bought there are still 8 available.
 

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Ahh I see the problem, no shipping to Canada.....
 

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One thing that is a plus for the x700s that I didn't think about (this is true for any quick hitch) the added length the quick hitch puts between the tractor and the implement means the implement gets raised higher in the air. I didn't measure it to say for sure but there is a definetly more ground clearance on my box blade now. For us limited cat 1 hitch folks that's a really nice plus that isn't mentioned as a benefit of a quick hitch.
It also puts the weight further back so you may lose a little lift capacity. Whether that matters to you is situation specific. You can always remove the quick hitch if you need to put something really heavy on the 3pt though, so nothing other than convenience is really lost.

Rob
 
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Before the QH, getting implements hooked up was tediously frustrating.
Since getting one, it does make doing so less tedious. The Top Link, however seems to always need fiddling with to a point I still get frustrated with it.
That's when I started considering/looking in-too the Hydraulic Top Link.
That will be the next I do to mine. :thumbup1gif:
 

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It also puts the weight further back so you may lose a little lift capacity. Whether that matters to you is situation specific. You can always remove the quick hitch if you need to put something really heavy on the 3pt though, so nothing other than convenience is really lost.

Rob
This is true. The quick hitch moves the CG of the load about 4" further out from the tractor. Not only does it do that the quick hitch itself weighs about 70lbs. So for the convenience that the quick hitch offers you certainly pay some price in reduced implement capacity. For now with what I have for implements it will work. I've picked up 405lbs with the quick hitch on (285lbs box blade + 120lbs front ballast weight that was sitting on the box blade).

One of my projects is to build a 3 point carrier to hold a 55gal blue poly barrel. One of my hobbies is making maple syrup and it should would be nice to use this tractor to haul some of my sap around. I carried A LOT of full 5 gallon buckets across my yard last year. That barrel full of sap will weigh right around 450lbs + what ever my fabricated carrier weighs, which is heavy for my x738.
 

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Before the QH, getting implements hooked up was tediously frustrating.
Since getting one, it does make doing so less tedious. The Top Link, however seems to always need fiddling with to a point I still get frustrated with it.
That's when I started considering/looking in-too the Hydraulic Top Link.
That will be the next I do to mine. :thumbup1gif:
I have a JD I-Match, and like you, I had my share of problems with the top link. Purchased an extended hook from Ken's Bolt on Grab Hooks and that solved the problem. Check it out on his web site.:good2:
 
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