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I am currently in the market for a 3 point hitch. After reading some discussions some of you are pleased with the Ruegg. It looks very well made but I am not sure if it will fit my 2012 X748. The John Deere model BUC10169 specifically states that it will work with the 60" 7 iron mower deck. I reached out to the gentleman at Ruegg and he said he would research and get back with me but I was curious if anyone on this site had further details. Thanks in advance.

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I had the JD 3pt installed on my 738 when I bought it, and I have no issues. I don't see why any 3pt hitch would, or should interfere with any deck, but that's the chance you'll take if you buy 3rd party. Is there that much difference in price??
 

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Trying to think through why the Reugg after market 3 ph might have a conflict with the mower deck, is it the way the linkage attaches to the rock shaft?

It seems like the after market hitches might use another cylinder where the OEM reversed the factory cylinder and added brackets to work with the 3 ph if I recall that discussion.......

I do recall reading recently where someone installed their own 3 point hitch and it was pretty straight forward, but did include removing the operator platform and fuel tank to get access to areas needed.......that's not a big deal on the x7xx series, its 6 bolts and I usually remove the seat off the seat bracket by pulling the front pivot rod, as it makes lifting off and handling the operator platform easier for one person without the seat flopping back and forth.

Just be careful with the tail light wiring harnesses and the seat switch wiring as the harness also has the fuel gauge and fuel pump wire which is very important. Make sure to not pinch the wires or leave the seat switch wire tucked up under the platform when putting it back together as you need the seat switch wire fished through the grommet on the platform to make everything work as it should.

Its a good opportunity to give the tractor a thorough cleaning which its usually surprising how much grass, dirt and debris is up under the platform if you use a MMM......
 

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Thanks guys. The JD one is $663.40 and the Ruegg is $575. I dont know why there would be any interference either but there are two part numbers called out for the tractor and One of them says it works with the 7 iron. I believe that the Ruegg model relocates the cylinder as well.

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I just installed the Reugg on my x585. Toughest step was getting the one self-tapping bolt started into the frame. That was a royal pain. Otherwise it was pretty straight forward on machine.

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I have the OEM but many have the Ruegg and both are sturdy. I believe but am not sure since I don't have the 7-iron deck that the difference is in the strap that travels from rockshaft to the mower pivot. I thought I remembered that the strap was beefed up to handle the weight of the 7 iron deck. Also allows higher profile of 7 iron deck.
 

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As far as the Ruegg hitch itself I'm very happy with it. I didn't get the Deere one because I didn't like all the bends in the arms.
 

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