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Well, it all started when my wife reminded me that I had some Lowes and Home Depot gift cards that I needed to spend... I decided I was going to get some John Deere suitcase weights. When my tractor hit 1000 hours this fall, I decided I was going to give it a good cleaning, replace anything worn, and maybe get it some new accessories. I've never owned suitcase weights before and I've gotten by fine without them, but I wanted to try something new. Now obviously I can throw the weights on the front, but that doesn't do me much good in the winter because I usually have a front attachment on, so that won't work. I've got a 3pt hitch, so John Deere's Click-N-Go rear weight bracket would have been more of a hassle for me because I'd have to detach the 3pt arms to use it. I do move trailers around frequently, so having a 2" receiver has always sounded appealing to me. I've compared many hitches online, including products from Alz Welding, and Heavy Hitch. Ultimately, I decided the Heavy Hitch was the product for me. I do plan on using the Heavy Hitch for ground engagement, which is why I got the sleeve hitch adapter with it. Pulling my 12" Brinley plow with my old "3pt to Sleeve Hitch" adapter has never really worked as well as I would have liked it to, mainly because the adapter wasn't strong enough and has become bent up and holes worn out. The Heavy Hitch is built really well and I'm sure it will hold up fine pulling the plow.

I saw that Greg from Heavy Hitch was offering a special on the Sleeve Hitch Adapter that lasts up until the Superbowl. I figured I better go ahead and pull the trigger now! Dealing with Greg from Heavy Hitch was great. He's quick to respond, and was very helpful. I placed the order, paid, and had my new Heavy Hitch within two days! Awesome! Unfortunately, I'm away at work 15 hours everyday, so I didn't have time to check it out until now.

Here's my package!


Opening it up!


Ta Da!


The Sleeve Adapter! Great Design!


I like it!












It's going to be quite a while before I can do any plowing as the ground is extremely wet here, but I can't wait to try it! I can tell already that the geometry is a lot better using the Heavy Hitch and Sleeve Hitch Adapter than it was using my previous hitch adapter. I think it will work great! Now I'm going to have to clean up that 'ol plow! It really looks ugly compared to that purdy hitch and tractor.

I plan on keeping the Heavy Hitch on the tractor unless I'm using some other 3pt attachment.

I'll be sure to get pictures and hopefully video of my first ground engagement use with it!

What do you guys think? Look good? I sure like it!
 

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Looks great!
 

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It's not easy being green
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Sweet!!!
 

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Tractor Nut
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Thanks guys! This old thing does clean up pretty good, Brian. :) One of the other recent additions was a brand new seat, I think that improved its appearance too. I need to repaint my top link for my 3pt, a lot of the paint has come off of that for some reason; I think it was poor paint prep or something.

With the Heavy Hitch, I like that I can put my weights on either side of it, either facing inward towards the tractor or outward.

The Heavy Hitch is really well built and I'm excited to use it for ground engagement, but I also like the feel of the added weight on the rear. I hope we get at least one significant snow fall this winter... I'd like to use my snow plow along with the added weight just so that I can see how it feels.
 

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That is sweet! You will love how the Super Heavy Hitch works with the plow, but be sure and cinch them sway bar chains up tight. If you don't that plow will walk (to the left) on you.

BTW -- since is to wet to plow, now is a good to take a wire brush to that plow and repaint it! :sidelaugh
 

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Awesome machine, today I was looking at this one on Craigslist but $8900 is a little out of my league for a tractor.
 

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I had put a lot of thought into this purchase as I had been comparing the Heavy Hitch with Alz Welding's Traction Booster and Load Lifter for a while. While I never saw the two products side by side, the general consensus I received when reading reviews was that the Heavy Hitch was built heavier. Both companies seem to have very good products, but after receiving the Heavy Hitch, I'm totally satisfied with my decision.

Roy, I think I'm going to take your suggestion and use this time to get the plow cleaned up. I'm not totally decided on how I want to paint it. I thought of making it all black like yours, keep the original paint scheme, or make it John Deere Green. Decisions, decisions.... what do you guys think?
 

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:thThumbsU :thThumbsU I like alot!!
 

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Roy, I think I'm going to take your suggestion and use this time to get the plow cleaned up. I'm not totally decided on how I want to paint it. I thought of making it all black like yours, keep the original paint scheme, or make it John Deere Green. Decisions, decisions.... what do you guys think?
I like the looks of the original Brinleys. You can even get a new Brinley sticker on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brinly-Decals-2-Plow-Blade-Brinley-FREE-SHIPPING-/180806974458?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a18ef7bfa
 

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Your tractor looks great and have fun with the HH. slkpk
 

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. . . keep the original paint scheme, or make it John Deere Green. Decisions, decisions.... what do you guys think?
I think I would get new Brinly decals and go back to the original scheme. But I would not paint the plow front. I would, instead, clean all the rust off, polish it up nice and shiny and then smear a film of grease on it to keep it protected.

Then, when it is time to plow you just wipe the grease off with a WD-40 soaked rage and go to work. You will find that a nice and shiny plow sheds the dirt more easily and plows better.

When I was a real farmer we would do this to our 4 bottom roll-over breaking plows; that way we didn’t have to spend the first two hours in the field scraping the plow off at the end of each round until the rust (or paint) was worked off and the plow bottoms were operating smoothly.
 

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I haven't had much real tractor work to do lately, but since getting the Heavy Hitch I've been driving around the yard a little more playing with the loader and moving some rocks.

I can say that I do like the feeling of the additional suitcase weights on the rear for added traction and stability. I'm still grinning ear to ear. :)
 

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I think I would get new Brinly decals and go back to the original scheme. But I would not paint the plow front. I would, instead, clean all the rust off, polish it up nice and shiny and then smear a film of grease on it to keep it protected.

Then, when it is time to plow you just wipe the grease off with a WD-40 soaked rage and go to work. You will find that a nice and shiny plow sheds the dirt more easily and plows better.

When I was a real farmer we would do this to our 4 bottom roll-over breaking plows; that way we didn’t have to spend the first two hours in the field scraping the plow off at the end of each round until the rust (or paint) was worked off and the plow bottoms were operating smoothly.
I think that's the route I'm going to go, Roy. I'm going to look into getting some of those decals and stick with the original scheme.

Since buying this plow off of CL a few years ago, I still have never really cleaned it up. Through plowing, I've been able to shine the plow up pretty good, but the last time I used it, I didn't put grease on it. Doh!

I've got an old JD 44H plow that goes with my '48 JD B. I keep those greased up just as you said. It sure saves a lot of time to keep them clean and greased up than deal with getting the rust if you don't.
 
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