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Building own 3pt hitch for x700 - Cat 1 or Cat 0?

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I use a front blade with 4 way hydraulics and i wanted be able to use a 3pt, however there wasn't enough hydraulics to go around. So for my 425 I bought a Kolpin dirtworks 3pt hitch and I like it. However the electric actuator doesn't have enough guts and is slow.

I do like that the hitch is removable for mowing and isn't hanging off the back when I don't need it. So I have already made the receiver hitch for the x700.

To sweeten the deal on the 425, I want to include the kolpin 3pt hitch or maybe sell it separately instead of reusing it on the x700 due to the faults.

However I will "borrow" the design and build one using a hydraulic cylinder and the boat trim motor pump. borrowed the idea from another MTF member, sorry I will give credit when I remember. He used it to lift his snowblower on a 300 series JD.

Do I build the new 3pt hitch to use Cat 1 or Cat 0 attachments. I am leaning toward Cat1, since the are more readily available. To my knowledge the major difference is the pin size and distance between the pins. Am I correct?

I know I won't be able to use a 6ft box blade due to limitations of the x700, but it is easier to find a 4ft box blade and rear blades in cat 1 than cat 0 used, which is most of time cheaper.

Let me know your thoughts, Thanks!.


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Cat 1 for sure. That x700 will break Cat 0 implements. Like you said, Cat 1 stuff is also easier to find. I'm not sure how set you are on having it run with a 12v actuator of some kind, but you could potentially add an extra hydraulic valve to control the rear and just use a standard 3 point from Deere. They're super easy to take off and put on.

I'm not sure what all you're wanting to do with it, but my 4' box blade with 4 tines will stop the x748 in the right soil conditions.
You Can Get a X465 thru X749 with either Cat 0 or Limited Cat 1 3point Hitch So I would Not worry about Breaking Cat 0 Implements on a X700 series:thThumbsU

Just because you can potentially get it, doesn't mean it's a good idea. :biglaugh:

A properly weighted x7xx has some pretty serious pull.

Also, I thought I remembered the Cat0 option being discontinued. There are some cobwebs upstairs, though.. so that might not be right. :trink40:
The implements you're thinking of apparently aren't the ones I'm thinking of. There's a reason they say "up to 20hp" for Cat0. We'll just leave it at that. :trink39:
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