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I have had a couple requests of pics from the back of the tractor so here you go. I have been loving this tractor.. it is amazing the work this beast will do. The yard box has been a valuable asset to my home, I use it to grade the driveway after every hard rain. I also used it to till up the garden the other day. I just dropped the spikes to the lowest setting and drove back and forth and the ground looked like it had been tilled with a tiller. The yard box also has the blade on the back side which allows it to be used as a dozer blade as well which has came in really handy. Now I really need some front weights on it because the front end is really light with the yard box on it.








 

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That is one sweet 318! I would love to see that scraper in action.
 

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Is that a 4 foot or a 5 foot yard box?
 

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It's a 4' yard box and weighs around 350 pounds I think....
 

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Yeah this 318 is in outstanding shape, I was lucky to find such a great deal at $1200
 

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Looking good. The box blade almost looks as big as the tractor.
 

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Very nice and thanks for the pics. slkpk
 

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The hitch is very stout and well made. I purchased it from Ruegg MFG It is actually a cat 1 hitch. He gave me my choice between the cat 0 or cat 1 for the same price so I chose the cat 1 that way I could buy my implements for the local farm store.

The yard box is a lot bigger then the tractor but it still comes in well under the weight limit the tractor is designed for so it has no problems using the box at all. It works very well and will be even better once I get some weight stems on the 318.


I have been very pleased with this tractor and hitch. :fing32:
 

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Awesome pics. I bet those rear tires are getting a work out with that box blade on there.

I know this will be my dumb post for the day, but what is the difference b/w the Class 0 and Class 1 3PH for our little tractors? I know the implements would be different, but why or should I say how is it different?
 

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For starters, glockem, here's the wiki on hitches:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-point_hitch

Since Ruegg now offers a cat 1 as well as a cat 0, I believe that with you starting with no implements, you might be well served by a cat 1. You can always get a sleeve hitch adapter to use the lower cost sleevehitch implements such as a moldboard plow. I was able to drive around with 700 lbs of concrete blocks on my cat 0, so Mr. Fixit's box blade ain't even straining his tractor.
 

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Since Ruegg now offers a cat 1 as well as a cat 0, I believe that with you starting with no implements, you might be well served by a cat 1.
Hey Drake, Since I am in the same situation, currently without a 3pt hitch or attachments, I am curious as to why you believe one would be better serve to go with the cat 1 vs the cat 0? I have already decided that I am going with the ruegg hitch but is there that much more difference between a cat 1 and cat 0 implement? Is it durability, cost, or availability that would be the biggest concern? With a local TSC and a NTE reasonably close we have a choice of a supply for both cat 1 and cat 0 implements. And then there is always the internet.
 

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Theo, it seems to me that when I see a used implement come up for sale, it is either cat 1 or sleeve hitch. Not so many folks selling their cat 0 attachments. I guess I'm trying to be a little thrifty.

I do notice the cat 0 things currently available satisfy the majority of my needs, but I am mostly locked into getting new. And of course, there are many unique and useful cat 0 attachments designed and built for our tractors by enthusiasts such as ourselves. They work very well because they were built by a person who uses our tractors every day.

As a matter of fact, ironmanfabrication.net advertises a cat 0 backhoe!

I am glad you asked about my reasoning, because in retrospect I should have recommended compiling a list of every current and future chore, and examining the options attachment wise. Then make a decision on the hitch type.

And you were right about the tri-ribs, BTW. With all the rain we've been having, they are tearing up the lawn. Need to put some turfs back on for now.
 

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I wonder if you buy the 3PH auctions on eBay if Mr. Reugg will let you chose a cat 1 instead of the cat 0? Hmmm... it is so tempting to just go ahead and order one from him including the rear weight rack / receiver hitch.
 

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In my observations, the auctions usually wind up within $25 of his call me and buy direct price. I had a PayPal coupon which saved me a decent little bit.
 

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Drake,

Thanks for the info I think I will just go with the cat 0 hitch then and I did notice that "coming soon" posting at the IMF site. Man that would be so sweet to have a FEL and backhoe from him for the 318. But one at a time and FEL first. But only after the 3pt hitch from Ruegg... LOL

I can't take credit for that bit of knowledge about the tri-ribs Steve down at JD dealer told me about that. I can't wait to test my V61s.
 

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And you were right about the tri-ribs, BTW. With all the rain we've been having, they are tearing up the lawn. Need to put some turfs back on for now.
I'm noticing this up here too. It never stops raining. Its in the forcast for the rest of the week. I wish I had turfs for the X729.
 

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I'm noticing this up here too. It never stops raining. Its in the forcast for the rest of the week. I wish I had turfs for the X729.
Saleen, you the All-Trail style HDAPs, don't you? I would have never thought they would be guilty of rutting.
 
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