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3-point hitch -- category 2 vs category 1

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Cowboy Bill watts

11-13-2000 09:25:31
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i am sure that this question has been asked before, but i searched the archives and could not find the thread.

so......

can category 1 implements be used on a category 2 hitch?? any safety concerns?? do category 1 implements on a C2 hitch perform acceptably??

appreciate the input......




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Phil

11-14-2000 04:11:33
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 Re: 3-point hitch -- category 2 vs category 1 in reply to Cowboy Bill watts, 11-13-2000 09:25:31  
My 180 has a catagory 2 hitch that includes two sway blocks that can be positioned for Cat 1 or Cat 2 implements. All my implements are Cat 1. The other posters are correct in stating you'll need pin bushings for the lower links as well as the top link.



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Kermit

11-13-2000 18:50:42
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 Re: 3-point hitch -- category 2 vs category 1 in reply to Cowboy Bill watts, 11-13-2000 09:25:31  
I've done this in the past with a Ford 5000 I owned. I simply used bushings in the lower links and bought a top link that was Cat 2 on one end and Cat 1 on the other. My new JD5105 came with both Cat 1 and Cat 2 lower link balls and they can easily be changed. I've never had a problem with this arangement.



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paul

11-13-2000 19:22:46
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 Re: Re: 3-point hitch -- category 2 vs category 1 in reply to Kermit, 11-13-2000 18:50:42  
You will find a dizzy array of bushings at the farm store. The top link bushing is different than the bottom 2, but if you keep looking you'll find it, if you just want the 3 bushings. I would not run with the 'slop' on the pins, that's just asking for problems.

As another person said, cat 2 hitches are generally on bigger tractors, so you might overstress your implement with the more hp, but otherwise there are no specific safety problems. Well, cat 2 might have longer arms, lift higher, and so forth. Watch any pto equipment so it doesn't mess up the pto. And cat 2 normally is wider, so you might need a different set of stablizer arms, if you need stabilizers on whatever you are using.

--->Paul

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Hartshorn

11-13-2000 14:42:47
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 Re: 3-point hitch -- category 2 vs category 1 in reply to Cowboy Bill watts, 11-13-2000 09:25:31  
Since category 2 hitches are found on larger tractors you might break some of the category 1 implments so you just want to run em careful.

Good Luck

Kim



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Steve from Tn

11-13-2000 11:58:22
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 Re: 3-point hitch -- category 2 vs category 1 in reply to Cowboy Bill watts, 11-13-2000 09:25:31  
Strongly recommend that you get the bushings. These slide over the category I implement lift-pins. The holes for the lynch pins are pre-drilled. I believe that the slack caused by the difference in the sizes could cause the lynch pins to break. My 2 cents.



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gnellist

11-13-2000 10:43:11
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 Re: 3-point hitch -- category 2 vs category 1 in reply to Cowboy Bill watts, 11-13-2000 09:25:31  
There are bushings available that make the category 1 pins fit snugly in the category 2 holes. They are available at most tractor dealers and farm supply stores.



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LazyHorse

11-13-2000 09:36:53
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 Re: 3-point hitch -- category 2 vs category 1 in reply to Cowboy Bill watts, 11-13-2000 09:25:31  
Yes you can use Cat I implements on a Cat II hitch. The pin sizes are a little smaller, so there will be some play, but otherwise they will work Okay.



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Truck

11-13-2000 14:43:20
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 Re: Re: 3-point hitch -- category 2 vs category 1 in reply to LazyHorse, 11-13-2000 09:36:53  
What will work well for the toplink is to use a Category one end threaded into your category two toplink. The el cheapo toplinks all seem to use the same threads. Of course bushings might be cheaper but if you have both Cat one and two tractors you might have the toplinks around.
If you have a Ford with the replaceable lift arm balls all you need to do is switch to Cat. 1 balls. This would be on a 2000/3000/4000/5000 series, not on the older ones.

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