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    Default Quick hitch & an RFM with a "floating top link"

    I've been considering the purchase of a 3PT quick hitch. I have a rear finish mower that has a floating top link connection. Will that floating link arrangement work with a quick hitch? I don't see how it could. Is there some sort of adapter that would allow it to work with a quick hitch?

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    Default Re: Quick hitch & an RFM with a "floating top link"

    Nevermind... I think I figured out what I'd have to do. I'd have to get rid of the floating link, remove the two struts that go from the top of the A frame to the rear of the RFM and replace them chains.

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    Default Re: Quick hitch & an RFM with a "floating top link"

    I use the floating top link on my rotary brush mower just slipped into the top hook and have no problem.
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    Default Re: Quick hitch & an RFM with a "floating top link"

    Quote Originally Posted by SSdoxie View Post
    I use the floating top link on my rotary brush mower just slipped into the top hook and have no problem.
    Got a picture?

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    Default Re: Quick hitch & an RFM with a "floating top link"

    here is a pic of mine hand made bracket that allows me to retain the floating link on my brush cutter.

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    Default Re: Quick hitch & an RFM with a "floating top link"

    I shortened the top link to tilt the QH forward quite a bit, then used a short chain between the QH and the tower on the mower.

    Seems to me this chain has all the functionality of a hinged connector.

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    Default Re: Quick hitch & an RFM with a "floating top link"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mechanos View Post
    Nevermind... I think I figured out what I'd have to do. I'd have to get rid of the floating link, remove the two struts that go from the top of the A frame to the rear of the RFM and replace them chains.

    Deere has a good approach to this issue on the MX6 brush cutters, The hinged struts are two pieces that will fold upwards when you push back on the top link connection, that means the weight of the struts are holding the top link forward in place to hook up easily. The early models were underslung and had a tendency to lean backwards at rest, could make it a pain to couple up to.

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