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    Default Quick Hitch, Advantages outweigh Disadvantages??

    Just thinking out loud here!!

    1. A quick hitch compatible designed implement shifts the hitch point to the front 3-5 inches to make it work.

    2. The quick hitch itself shifts the normal hitch point farther to the rear of the tractor lift arm balls also.

    3. Has anyone figured the combined lost lift capacity of a CUT with factory lift arm spec capacity at the lift arm balls at, say, 500 lbs? Does it drop to 400 450 max.

    4. Inability to use non compatible implements without removing the setup from the tractor.

    5. Locks a lot of implement buyers to Quickhitch only implements. Usually only available new and higher prices than good used.

    Advantage: Easy to hookup.

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    Default Re: Quick Hitch, Advantages outweigh Disadvantages??

    For me, #4 and #5 are keeping me away from quick hitches. Maybe in 20 years or so, thins will be universal - but they'e not yet.

    As for #3, it varies by the length of your arms - but it's about 15% loss if you have 24" arms, plus the weight of the QH assembly itself.
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    Default Re: Quick Hitch, Advantages outweigh Disadvantages??

    I just bought a Speeco. Love it. Fits my Woods box blade, Woods rotary cutter and home made 2 row JD corn planter perfect. Need to drill another hole for the top hook on my sprayer OR move the upper hook (not wanting to move it). Landscape rake requires the top link adapter. My KingKutter tiller is the only thing I had to modify a bit and now it works. Sold my plow and disc set since buying the tiller so no worries there.

    Let me say again, I love this thing. My barn is long and narrow so I have to move one thing to get to another and the quick hitch makes it very easy.

    Now for the downside, makes PTO connections a bigger PITA.
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    Default Re: Quick Hitch, Advantages outweigh Disadvantages??

    3. Has anyone figured the combined lost lift capacity of a CUT with factory lift arm spec capacity at the lift arm balls at, say, 500 lbs? Does it drop to 400 450 max.
    There was a recent thread or post concerning how the length of the QH lowers 3PH capacity. Math looked pretty good...but I don't recall the exact percent of capacity loss.
    But I figure if my 3PH can lift a load, I'm good to go. And, most tractors' 3PH capacity is more then my implements weigh (by a considerable margin) anyway.

    2. The quick hitch itself shifts the normal hitch point farther to the rear of the tractor lift arm balls also.
    I had to buy a PTO Extender (these are sold as PTO Adapters, BTW) when I had the Pat's easy change (type of QH) on my 790. Still need it for the chipper (even without the Pat's Easy Change).

    Although I have a Deere QH (got it when I bought my 4400 last year), I've yet to use it since only two (of my four) implements work with it. In fact, my chipper would require a good bit of modification to make it compatable.
    Probably end up selling the Deere QH and going with the Pat's Easy Change again.

    I guess it just depends on how much one wants a QH and how willing to make it work. Me....reckon I just don't want that type of QH enough to make it work.
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