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Old 06-01-2010, 05:02 PM   post #1 of 23
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Question Cat-0 or Cat-1, 3-Point for 445??

Like the title asks, what would you buy.

I see that ebay offers category 0 3-point hitches for about $359 + $25 in shipping for a JD 445. Now, I see offered category 1 3-point hitches being offered for a 445 for $400 + $24 shipping.

Which would you recommend?

The cat-1 has more impliments when I searched.. But costs more. .. do you think cat-1 to big for a garden tractor like a 445?? Or is the cheaper cat-0 a better sized hitch for a 445?

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Old 06-01-2010, 08:04 PM   post #2 of 23
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I have a cat 0 on my 318 and I think I'd like to have a 1. Implements are more available like you said, especially used. You have more machine than I do and I would try cat 1 implements.

As for sourcing I'd go with a Ruegg. From what I understand he's making conversion kits. He uses his ebay store as well as his website. He was a bit hard to reach but his products are great.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:09 PM   post #3 of 23
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Not a deere guy but i have an MF1855 with a Cat 0. A cat 1 would be better if it could handle it.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:10 PM   post #4 of 23
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Default Re: Cat-0 or Cat-1, 3-Point for 445??

Yep, Bill has me wanting to upgrade to his convertible hitch. Gotta see if he'll take a trade-in on his cat 0.

You definitely have a tractor capable of handling both cat-0 and cat-1 attachments, plus the 445 has a 540RPM PTO available.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:32 PM   post #5 of 23
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Default Re: Cat-0 or Cat-1, 3-Point for 445??

I'd go with the Cat 1 hitch. I'd make sure that I knew the upper limit of the rear hydraulics as some Cat 1 implements can exceed a GT's capabilities.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:07 PM   post #6 of 23
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I have a Ruegg Cat 0 / Cat 1 Combo hitch on a 425 works great, highly recommended. Spend the extra few bucks.
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:44 PM   post #7 of 23
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Default Re: Cat-0 or Cat-1, 3-Point for 445??

Hi,

I was asking because I know that originally the 445 calls for a Cat-0 type hitch.. so I didn't know if it was ok for cat-1.

So you guys are saying cat-1 is ok?... Also, how much bigger is a cat-1 type hitch? (space is limited in my shed).

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I have a Ruegg Cat 0 / Cat 1 Combo hitch on a 425 works great, highly recommended. Spend the extra few bucks.
Hi,
Can you tell me more about this "combo" hitch? It sounds like the best of both worlds and would be something I would be interested in. Where would you get one of these dual-purpose 3-point hitches.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:36 PM   post #8 of 23
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Hi,

I was asking because I know that originally the 445 calls for a Cat-0 type hitch.. so I didn't know if it was ok for cat-1.

So you guys are saying cat-1 is ok?... Also, how much bigger is a cat-1 type hitch? (space is limited in my shed).



Hi,
Can you tell me more about this "combo" hitch? It sounds like the best of both worlds and would be something I would be interested in. Where would you get one of these dual-purpose 3-point hitches.

Call Bill Ruegg (Info Below)

Ruegg MFG LLC
13955 Elton St.
Navarre, Ohio 44662
330-418-5617
rueggrollers@hotmail.com

Your right it is the best of both worlds. Space will not be an issue as it is basically the same size as the Cat 0 hitch. The major difference is that the ball ends on the lift arms take Cat 1 pins and the arms can adjust outward far enough to accommodate Cat 1 spacing. If you want to run Cat 0 implements then you place bushings over the smaller Cat 0 pins to fill the space between the Cat 1 ball ends. It’s a really slick design, took maybe 45 mins to install.

The only words of caution I’ll say is that just because an implement says its Cat 1 it doesn’t necessarily mean you can run it on your 445. You’ll be limited by the lifting capacity of the three point and the wheel traction produced by your GT. It will do plenty of work but by know means is it a full size tractor with a Cat 1 hitch.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:40 PM   post #9 of 23
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Forgot to mention that Ruegg has a new looking website, just Google “Ruegg Hitch Kits”. The combo hitch for your 445 basically looks like the hitch he has listed for the X series. He doesn’t list the combo hitch on the website, just call or email him and ask for it.
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Default Re: Cat-0 or Cat-1, 3-Point for 445??

I've lifted 700lbs with my Ruegg cat 0
His hitches are awesome.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:36 AM   post #11 of 23
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Thanks for the information and the contact info . I sent him an email, I will await his response!
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:18 PM   post #12 of 23
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Default Re: Cat-0 or Cat-1, 3-Point for 445??

Quick Update.

I talked to Bill and I ordered the cat0/cat1 combo hitch. I'll update again after I get it in and installed.. of course I'll add pictures and a review.

Thanks again
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:19 PM   post #13 of 23
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Do you mind saying what you paid for the combo unit?
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:17 PM   post #14 of 23
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Default Re: Cat-0 or Cat-1, 3-Point for 445??

I bought a 42" hydraulic tiller last week and don't have a 3pth on my 425 yet. I am in Ohio, so I am going to drive out to his place on Friday and pick up a Cat 0 3pth. Glad to hear that everyone has good things to say about his hitch, looking forward to getting it.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:25 PM   post #15 of 23
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I bought a 42" hydraulic tiller last week
I am jealous. Did you get it new or did you find a used one? What is the model number of the unit?
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