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    Default Re: I-match with logging tongs

    OK, sorry for this, but never heard of an I Max. It must be the square attachment with the tongs on it. Used for gaining more lift on the log? Also, any chance of the front end coming up when lifting and pulling big logs like that? I was thinking of doing it backing up so that the front end couldn't come up as I'll generally be pulling my logs up hill. Sound logical? thanks for helping me BEFORE I try it. bw

  2. #12
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    Default Re: I-match with logging tongs

    The I-match (not I-Max) is the quick hitch (yes, the square attachment on the 3pt) that Deere sells. There are others such as LandPride, that have similar attachments. I used to have just a welded 'arch' with a big hook that I sold when I bought the I-match. The old arch wasn't for quick 'taching 3pt attachments, only logging and occasionally pulling out big trucks that were stuck in my driveway in the winter. The truckers usual comments were of the effect "You are not going to move this truck with that little tractor". They never had to call anyone else for help!

    Their is "the possibility" of the front end coming up, but with this log that is attached, and with FEL on, there was not even a hint (when you can't steer the tractor and have to use the individual wheel brakes to steer) of the front end being light. That was coming up a pretty steep slope and with a good size log (elm). If the front end would get light, then lowering the 3pt a bit will take the load off the 3pt and put more weight back on the front end. This has worked very well for me for years, starting with an 8N Ford in the early 60's, to a TO30 Ferguson, a 420U (2cyl) John Deere (none with a FEL), and now my JD 4300.

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    I was thinking of doing it backing up so that the front end couldn't come up as I'll generally be pulling
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    As far as backing up, I would think that would be much more cumbersome, as one would have to steer awkwardly around obstacles with the log weight on the front steering wheels. Also, the FEL arms would be raised (assuming you are talking of hooking the log to the bucket) and instability comes more easily with that situation. If you try it, let us know how it works. I prefer the control I have with the log on the 3pt.

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    John Deere 4200 MFWD HST w/ JD 420 FEL w/ 61" loader bucket & toothbar & JD 37 BH w/ 12" bucket

    Default Re: I-match with logging tongs

    For what it's worth (and I'm guessing not too much, here), I dragged some dead trees in the 30'-40' range out with just a chain attached to my front bumper on my 4200 MFWD. Going in reverse wasn't a problem at all. Neither was steering. In fact, it was actually a little easier to put the load where I wanted it by doing it that way. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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