Re: 3 Point Help Needed
If you're considering a Ruegg hitch for your 425, you may have issues if you also have a PTO and/or utilize CAT 1 attachments that connect directly to the rock shaft's link arm pin, without utilizing the adjustable upper link.
I've purchased two Ruegg CAT 1 3-points for 455s. The first was a number of years ago, Early CAT 1 Photo, and the second, Late CAT 1, was last fall. The first hitch has worked well all these years with no issues. The second hitch, however, immediately presented issues--before installation was complete.
The later hitch's left lift arm would hit the PTO selector level when in the full up position, not allowing it to be moved. It was putting enough force against the knob where it would only be a matter of time before it damaged the knob. It appeared to be an issue with the lift arm position on the rock shaft being too high. This was also evident as the lift arm would hit the frame when full up, acting as unintended up stop.
The other issue I had with the later hitch was that the rock shift upper link arms were sized and spaced for a CAT 0 pin and arm. The adjustable upper link had a CAT 0 eyelet on one end and a CAT 1 eyelet on the other end. This created an issue if an attachment did not utilize the upper link, such as a post hole auger. It wasn't just the smaller pin diameter, but the spacing between the rock shaft pin arms was also narrower than the CAT 1 eyelet. So even if you utilized a reducing bushing to get around the pin diameter, a CAT 1 eyelet was still too wide for the arm spacing.
Bill is a man of his word and his satisfaction guaranteed promise. He had an early version CAT 1 hitch for a 4X5 that had been returned, but not re-sold due to the paint being chipped up during shipping. He re-powder coated the early version hitch and sent it out to replace the later version. Bill took care of all the shipping charges.
If either of my issues could be an issue for you, you may want to check with Bill to determine if he has made revisions to correct these issues.
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