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    Default BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    It seems like the more I read about Quick Hitches the more confusing
    things get. Chaotic at best is the info I have run into. I need to save cash
    and after looking at the QH's for sale and assuming that many of the
    inexpensive models look to be the same as the HF I went w/ it.

    I pull it out of the box and started to hang it and HUH! ??? The box
    says it fits "Most Cat 1" tractors. My BX25 is touted as a 0-1 unit
    I do believe. So I start to hang it and I find issues.

    1- The 2 lower draw pins are only 3/4" in diameter / the BX25's 2 lower arms have 7/8" holes.

    2- The top link pin on the QH is like .70" in diameter / the BX25 3/4".

    Way to sloppy for me, I want the implements to be snug not bangin around
    and sloppy.

    I actually box'd it back up and was going to return it. Now I am saying
    I better just bite the bullet and buy a Land Pride so I call LP to
    verify dims and indeed their QH-15 model is sized correctly for a BX25
    but it will cost darn near $450.00 UGggh...So sleeping on it I thought
    about things and decided since I only paid a little over 70 bucks w/
    my coupon code at HF I would be smarter to try to modify the HF unit.

    First things were to drill out the HF QH holes to the size I want. The lower
    holes need to be very close in square to the world w/ each other so
    a piece of 3/4" copper pipe was used to align the reamed out
    bottom holes. I punched them out to 7/8", then I punched out
    the top link hole to 3/4" . This was easy for not a lot of material
    needs to be removed.


    I need some lower draw pins in 7/8" flavor so stay tuned if you want to
    see the outcome, I hope to have them in hand by midweek.
    To Be Cont'd....





    Regards,

    Artisan

    Kubota 2012 BX25 (23H.P. / 17.7pto)
    14' Dump / Carson 12K Tow Trailer w/ movable Winch,
    Canopy, Tunes, Stabilizer Soft Pads, 10"-12"BH Buckets, FEL Grapple, Fasse Valved & Switched,
    Fire Extinguisher, ChainSaw Mount, Protective Surround / Enclosure in the works.

    Stayin' Alive (This click could save a life...)

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    Default Re: BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    Based on your other works of art I am sure this hitch will turn out awesome.

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    Default Re: BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    Innovative. Looking forward to your future posts.
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    Default Re: BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    I'm watching this thread as I have same HF hitch for mine and love it. However not sure what you are planning to do with the newly drilled holes..

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    Default Re: BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    I have a HF quick hitch. Based on the sale price with their generous coupons it must have been all of sixty dollars. After viewing I could not duplicate it for this price so I bought one. Haven't used it a ton due to the backhoe being mounted on the larger tractor. As I recall it didn't work for some application I had so it rests under the storage rack. After I read a couple more " Artisans Posts " I am sure it will get more usage and I will be more familiar on the quirks to get it user friendly.

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    Default Re: BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    Was the 3/4" copper pipe used to check Harbor Freight's build? Did you have to do anything to get it aligned ?
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    Default Re: BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by radioman View Post
    I'm watching this thread as I have same HF hitch for mine and love it. However not sure what you are planning to do with the newly drilled holes..

    OK...I'll try again.

    IMO;

    The stock HF QH draw pins (2 lower) have a diameter of .75" (3/4").

    The stock BX25 draw pin holes (2 lower) have a diameter of .886"
    (7/8" that is slightly bigger and perfect for 7/8" CAT 1 pins)

    So if you use the stock HF QH 2 lower pins in the stock BX25 2 lower
    pin drawbar holes there would be .136" of SLOP, that is more than 1/8"! (or a smidge less than 9/64")
    The fit would NOT be correct, loose and it will make things bang and clang
    around and the implement will be a bit wild, not snug.

    ALSO

    Now up to the one top link pin.
    The stock HF QH top link pin is only .70" in diameter (under 3/4")

    The stock BX25 top link pin hole is about .765" diameter
    (3/4"+ that is slightly bigger and perfect for 3/4" CAT 1 top link pin)


    So in summary the HF QH pins are too small and need to be enlarged for a PROPER fit.
    So I drill out the holes to the correct diameter and I will throw away the stock
    HF QH pins and replace them w/ proper sized pins.


    (Just wait for an explaination on the DOM deal, it will be way easier to see when I am done and
    I am quite sure it will be VERY snug where the implement meets the QH
    connections)

    What is going thru my mind is all the HF QH's that are out there and being
    run sloppy like that and more than likely unbeknowngest to the owners!


    Caveat: In my reading I "think" I see that there may be different sizes of
    stock pins and holes and hook openings, all w/ the HF name on it. So
    you have to be sure of what you have before doing a mod.



    Anyone have any scrap 1.5"OD x .313wall x .75" ID DOM Laying around?
    Regards,

    Artisan

    Kubota 2012 BX25 (23H.P. / 17.7pto)
    14' Dump / Carson 12K Tow Trailer w/ movable Winch,
    Canopy, Tunes, Stabilizer Soft Pads, 10"-12"BH Buckets, FEL Grapple, Fasse Valved & Switched,
    Fire Extinguisher, ChainSaw Mount, Protective Surround / Enclosure in the works.

    Stayin' Alive (This click could save a life...)

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    Default Re: BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    Was the 3/4" copper pipe used to check Harbor Freight's build? Did you have to do anything to get it aligned ?
    The 3/4" (7/8" OD ) Copper was to make sure my reamed holes were in line,
    or square to the world w/ each other. I wanted to make sure the two
    lower pins were on the money. This step could probably be dropped
    since the 2 draw arms on the tractor have pivioting balls.

    I have a "thing" for trying to make all my endevors plumb and square to the world...
    Regards,

    Artisan

    Kubota 2012 BX25 (23H.P. / 17.7pto)
    14' Dump / Carson 12K Tow Trailer w/ movable Winch,
    Canopy, Tunes, Stabilizer Soft Pads, 10"-12"BH Buckets, FEL Grapple, Fasse Valved & Switched,
    Fire Extinguisher, ChainSaw Mount, Protective Surround / Enclosure in the works.

    Stayin' Alive (This click could save a life...)

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    Default Re: BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    RE: My DOM Tube dememcia...


    FWIW, I realize that a guy can buy CAT 1 QH bushings.
    They are expensive, espically if you have 3-4 implements and you care not
    to move them from one to the other. I think my DOM idea will be MUCH cheaper
    for little work...+
    One set of those babies w/ shipping is over 40 BUX! (see link)

    Stay Tuned... I need to get the stuff shipped to me, I am pretty sure my way will work, well.
    Regards,

    Artisan

    Kubota 2012 BX25 (23H.P. / 17.7pto)
    14' Dump / Carson 12K Tow Trailer w/ movable Winch,
    Canopy, Tunes, Stabilizer Soft Pads, 10"-12"BH Buckets, FEL Grapple, Fasse Valved & Switched,
    Fire Extinguisher, ChainSaw Mount, Protective Surround / Enclosure in the works.

    Stayin' Alive (This click could save a life...)

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    Default Re: BX25 Harbor Freight Quick Hitch

    I had a some problems with mine but nothing like that. Wait til you try and hook it to an implement. http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...-problems.html Northern tool is the cheapest I have found on the bushing but I have not got any yet.

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