Frustrated with 3 Pt turnbuckle and my options to replace them

wendol

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I have an L3800 HST R4 tires (not adjustable to widen track) and the inside span between the rear tires is 29 5/8 inches.

For comparison sake my previous L3010 had 31 3/8 inch rear span, and with the telescoping link stabilizers...... I had to be very careful when hooking up 3 pt equipment to insure the stabilizers didn't rub the tires, as it was a really tight fit!

I have a set of telescoping stabilizers (seem to take up a little more width than the turnbuckles) on order with Mark, and it appears I will need to add either 1" or 1.5" spacers to the wheels to make all this work and get away from the original turnbuckle style stabilizers.

I had also thought of staying with the turnbuckles.......leaving them in a fixed position, and converting 3 of my non conforming pieces of equipment to the correct width so I would never need to mess with adjusting the turnbuckles. However I'm not sure about the durability of the turnbuckles.

Comments or suggestions would be appreciated!!
 

Missouribound

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I have a B2320 with turf tires and the space between the tires is about 25". I have zero problems within any of my 3 point attachments. What exactly is happening that creates an issue?
 

Ortimber

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How about adding a quick hitch? That would eliminate the need for changing out the turnbuckles as well as making 3pt hookups a breeze.


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Benhameen

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I have a JD 2010 that has so much room I didn't know what to do with it compared to my L3800. I too was frustrated with the tight space to work on the L3800. Before coming here to this forum I had no idea that the different categories were different widths and heights, I thought the only difference was the diameter of the pins. Someone on here pointed out the differences.

I bring this up because all but one of my implements are cat 1, which is what you need. When I hook up the cat 2 which has cat 1 pins, it is a real pain in the butt as the turn buckles almost hit the tires. With the others that are truely cat 1 there's a few inches to work with between the turn buckles and the tires.

So do you know if your implements are truly cat 1? Sounds like they might be cat 2.

I fixed my problem by purchasing a quick hitch, removing the hook on the top and adding the "Y" top link hook up. Once I added the bushing adapters to each of my cat 1 implements, attaching and dropping implements became a breeze. With the exception of my box blade that's a cat 2, that requires me to take off my quick hitch completely. I should really sell it and buy a cat1 box blade but I don't use it that much.

Hope that helps and doesn't comfuse you too much, I'm about a pot of coffee in and it's raining. So no playing on my kubota today,wish I would have gotten those sunflowers planted yesterday. Oh wel...
 

wendol

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Thanks for the responses.

Benhameen - I assumed all my stuff was Cat 1 (box blade is questionable), so I will research the difference and see if that sheds any light on the situation.
Do you have R4 tires?
 

wendol

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Yes I have R-4s.
One last question.........does the quick hitch provide more space between the stabilizers and the tires, or just make it easier to hook-up to the implements?

Thanks again for your help!
 

hodge

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I have a B2320 with turf tires and the space between the tires is about 25". I have zero problems within any of my 3 point attachments. What exactly is happening that creates an issue?
On the B2320, the stabilizers are on the inside of the lift arms- it's a non-issue with tire interference.
 

North Idaho Wolfman

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One last question.........does the quick hitch provide more space between the stabilizers and the tires, or just make it easier to hook-up to the implements?

Thanks again for your help!
A QH make it where you set the stabilizers semi tight and forget about them, no need to change them from implement to implement. ;)
 

Benhameen

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One last question.........does the quick hitch provide more space between the stabilizers and the tires, or just make it easier to hook-up to the implements?

Thanks again for your help!

Like wolfman said, you set it and go. Mine will loosen up a little from time to time otherwise I don't mess with them at all.