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    Default Re: Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story

    Quote Originally Posted by dclynch View Post
    I have a question for you guys. My wife bought me HF quick hitch and I am having problems, it appears the hooks where the pins from my rototiller and brush hog sit in are too wide and I was wondering if I could cut them down some to make it work I like the ability to just back up and hook up and go but I cant do that presently :-(
    A picture or a little more explanation might help. Does it appear that the hooks on the quick hitch would have to be closer together or farther apart for the attachments to fit? Do the attachments have cantilever pins (threaded pin bolted into a hole) or through pins (pin floating through holes on two separated plates)?

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    Default Re: Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story

    Got a request for images of how my Clipper 400 mates up to the HF quick hitch:

    Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story-imag0313.jpg

    Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story-imag0314.jpg

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    Default Re: Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story

    I bought the harbor freight quick hitch this weekend for $64 including tax! Had a $75 coupon, and the manager let me use a $20% off coupon with it. I then went to TSC and bought the cat 3 to cat 2 bushings, and put cat 2 to cat1 bushings inside that.
    I hooked it up to my Countyline carry all, and found the top hook barely works if I let it only hook to the Cat 1 hitch pin. It is practially a wedge fit, so I really don't see a need to try to move the attachment holes only to then put bushings on it. Have not tried it with my blade yet.

    Seems to work well the few times I tried it. sometimes I have to get off the tractor and stand on the 3 point arms to get them to go down and disengage.

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    Default Re: Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story

    Quote Originally Posted by skspurling View Post
    I have the same quick hitch and have just gone to using the adapter. The top hook was too close to the frame to grab some of my attachments. Yup, had to order the adapter on the phone. Got it fairly quick and for a good price. I had to have it anyway for my rear finish mower. Now, that is where my biggest problem comes in. The quick hitch sits down on the PTO shaft guard when I am mowing. I try adjusting it so it stops beforehand, but I think I need a height stop to keep it above the shaft when I drop it. Anyone know of a decent way to do that? I was thinking of some sort of "bar" on the tractors draw bar. Just wondering if anyone has ever "been there, done that". Any ideas or techniques would be appreciated.

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    When I had the Ford 8n with a brush cutter I used chains to limit how far down the 3 point could go. They have a commercially available limit chain setups available that are adjustable. They run from the tractor side top link pin down to the lift arms. Do a search for 3 point limit chains.
    Here is a link to a set. Not recommending this vendor or these particular ones. This is just an example:
    http://www.stevenstractor.com/access...miter-kit.html

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    Default Re: Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story

    So if I'm understanding things correctly, these Quick Hitches have hooks that are too large for standard Cat 1 pins and you have to put adapter bushings on the pins on the implement.

    From reading other threads it seems that this is not unusual for Quick Hitches. My question is why aren't they sized properly to start with for Cat 1 implements if that is what they are designed for as the HF manual for theirs indicates?
    Phil

    Bobcat CT225 with FEL and Bobtach.
    Landpride box blade, post hole digger and pallet forks.

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    Default Re: Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story

    The industry standard for a Cat 1 quick hitch is to use bushings to Cat 3 on your pins. Don't know why.

    Implement side diagram:
    Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story-asae-standard-quick-hitch.jpg

    Bruce

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    Default Re: Another Harbor Freight quick hitch success story

    Okay. If that's the way it is that's the way it is. As long as it works I reckon.
    Phil

    Bobcat CT225 with FEL and Bobtach.
    Landpride box blade, post hole digger and pallet forks.

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