on Monday, August 30, 2021
Owning a John Deere compact utility tractor means you have no shortage of implements and
attachments to choose from. It also means being able to use one piece of equipment to complete
a variety of tasks. But the actual process of attaching an implement to your tractor can be a
chore, which is why we frequently get asked about the difference between a three-point hitch
and the iMatchTM Quick Hitch. Is one a better investment than the other?
Let’s take a look at what separates the three-point hitch from the iMatchTM Quick Hitch.
What is the Difference Between the 3-Point Hitch and the iMatchTM Quick Hitch?
Three-point hitches have been connecting tractors to implements for decades. It was designed
as a replacement for the single-point hitch, which had left tractors vulnerable to flipping over
backward as the large rear wheels continued to turn when forward motion was restricted. By
adding two points below the single point to form an “A” shape, the three-point hitch provided
more stability and height control. When forward motion is restricted, the top point is forced
forward, transferring the forward pressure to the tractor above its center of gravity. As a result,
the rear wheels are more likely to spin than to cause the tractor to flip over.
Just as the three-point hitch was intended to improve upon the single-point hitch, the John Deere
iMatchTM Quick Hitch was designed to innovate the process of attaching tractor implements. It was engineered to meet the ASAE Category 1 Standard S278.6 for quick-attach hitches, guaranteeing it will fit any Category 1 implement. Every iMatchTM Quick Hitch comes equipped with one set of bushings, which are necessary for all implements to enlarge the pins to fit the iMatchTM hooks.
Which Hitch is More Efficient?
To connect a tractor to an implement using a standard three-point hitch, you have to back up the
tractor and align each pin individually. Operators may often enlist the help of another person,
otherwise they likely end up having to get on and off the tractor multiple times to ensure each of
the pins is lined up. It can be a very time-consuming and efficient process.
The iMatchTM is designed to be simpler and easier to use. To connect, all you have to do is back
up your tractor, raise the hitch until it makes contact with all three pins, and then lift it slightly.
Rather than having to make multiple trips, you only have to get off your tractor once to lower
each latch. Once you’ve done that, you’re hooked up and ready to go to work.
If you’re interested in a closer comparison of the three-point hitch and the iMatchTM Quick Hitch,
we invite you to visit your nearest TriGreen Equipment location and see for yourself.
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