Pat’s Easy Change Quick Hitch

Attaching Implements Is Now An Easy Task 

Are you looking for the magic formula to make hooking up 3-point implements easier? You’re not alone.

Let me tell you the story of my neighbor Chuck and the 3-point hitch.

Chuck and I talk tractors a lot. He said one day that he doesn’t like how much time it takes when he goes to put on any of his implements. He was looking for a quick attach hitch, but said the standard quick attach just wasn’t do the job. 

Well, then we did a video with a quick hitch where we attempted to put one on his tractor.  But the problem was that implements come in different widths, and the standard quick hitch didn’t fit all of his implements. That’s a pretty common problem.  Now, a lot of folks who saw that video wrote in to say we should try Pat’s Easy Change Quick Hitch.

Pat’s Is a Winner

pat's easy change quick hitch
Pat’s Easy Change Quick Hitch 

Well, that’s one I hadn’t heard of before, but when I looked it up, it looked pretty good to me. And Chuck thought it looked like a winner. It’s a couple of claws – I’d call it a kind of eagle claw system- that pick up the implement at the top link. You back up under the pins on your attachment, lift up the three points and you’re hooked on. 

The only disadvantage of this product is that you have to get off the seat to put the top link on. But with a PTO-powered implement, you’ll have to do that anyway. When you want to unhook, just move the keepers to the side, pull up up the links and lower your 3-point.  It’s pretty simple.

We ordered it up, along with an optional stabilizer bar that goes across the top, and Chuck saw right away that it would allow him to adjust for the different implement widths. The hitch comes with two sets of spacer shims (one thick, one thin) and once you choose your shim, there’s a roll pin that has go through it to make it fit.  You can watch the video to see how we did this.) We attached the hitch and leveled it up, and added a couple U-bolts and nuts to lock it all on. 

Chuck Is Happy, and You Will Be, Too

Chuck was really happy. We figured that it was simple and easy to put on, and if even someone didn’t know what they were doing, it might take less than 30 minutes. Even less with two people working on it together. 

I like this product enough to sell it here on my website. It’s American made of quality hot rolled steel, and comes with the set screws, u-bolts and shims. The spring-loaded latch system is the only one like it on the market and it fits any tractor lift arm system from 18-120 HP.

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Tractor Mike

16 Comments

  1. Susan on April 26, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Tractor Mike is an invaluable resource. As a newcomer to the tractor scene and someone who has never been exposed to farm equipment, the videos and his answers to questions have allowed me to have confidence that I can become proficient in tractor dynamics and soon I’m going to train to drive big, GPS automatic, tractors! It’s all very exciting and couldn’t have been done by me without these great teaching videos. Kudos to Tractor Mike!

  2. Dudley E Clark on July 21, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    It was easy to install and it almost scared me when I backed up to my box blade and it just hooked up so quickly. Just make sure your pto shafts are long enough to allow for the extra distance to the output of the tractor for your driven implements.

  3. Paul Morrison on July 26, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Mike. Enjoyed the “Pats” video. I put them on my tractor a few months back. Nice product and it works as it should. Others may fine the need for a few extra “washers” tor the pin arms so they don’t find themselves moving them from one piece of equiptment to another.. They are cheap $.
    Now, the reason I’m writing. At the time I put them on I also put a hydrauilc top link and connected it to a set of remotes downflow power beyond from the loader valves. I mounted the valve on inner fender and sort of even with the back of seat so I could adjust it from the seat OR from the back when Im hooking up. Perfect complement for the Pats hookup. You would think that the handle would be awkward from the seat, but its not. Paul M. WNY

  4. tom on December 2, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    after attaching Pat’s easy hitch, now my toplink is too short for my mower implement and I can’t find a toplink that will extend safely to beyond 30 inches.

    • Tractor Mike on December 7, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      TSC offers one that is extra long for applications like yours. Click here to see it. Good luck and thanks for your business!

  5. James M Spencer on January 14, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Mike.
    Is the stabilizer just to keep the lift arms together? My Kubota with Cat 2 arms has pins and holes on them to keep the arms locked.

    • Tractor Mike on January 15, 2020 at 11:34 am

      James,
      Yes, that’s the function of the stabilizer. If you’re always hooking and unhooking from the same implement and never changing your spacing there’s no real need for the stabilizer. If you’re going back and forth between implements with pins with different spacings it is a wise investment. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  6. Jim Gagne on May 5, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Hi tractor Mike,
    I am looking at buying a set of Pat’s quick hitchs I’m not sure what size I should order I have a Kubota MX5800.
    What would you recommend
    Thanks

    • Tractor Mike on May 5, 2020 at 8:19 am

      Jim, I’m showing the MX5800 to have Category I/II lower link arms. I’m not sure what that means. It could mean that it has both (some tractors are like that), in which case you could order either the Pat’s for Category I or II. Or, it could mean that it could either be Category I or II, in which case you’ll have to determine the size and order that. Here’s a link to a video that explains: https://youtu.be/jW9-C0mJ67g. Category I has lower link pins that are 7/8″ diameter, Category II, has 1 1/8″ lower link pins. The problem arises if you’re trying to put a Category II implement on a Category I tractor. They’re too large so you’d have to change pins in the implement. Putting a Category I implement on a Category II tractor is real easy. You’ll just have to get some sleeves from your local dealer to go over the Cat I pins and they’ll be Cat II. Bottom line…you can’t put a Pat’s Category II on a Category I tractor because the pins will be too big, you could put a Pat’s Category I on a Category II tractor with sleeves. You can’t put a Category II implement on Pat’s Category I but you could put a Category I implement on a Pat’s Category II hitch. I am sorry this is so confusing, you gotta love the engineers that came up with this system!

  7. Bob Taylor on May 15, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Hi Mike,
    Before I purchase a Pat’s Quick Hitch, would you know off hand whether the Quick Hitch would fit a John Deere 2019 5065E with Cat 2 Telescoping draft links ? Most of my implements are Cat 1 so I would need sleeves.

    Thanks

    • Tractor Mike on May 15, 2020 at 10:17 am

      Bob,

      The Cat II system should work fine with that tractor. Pat (the guy who invented Pat’s Easy Change) has a brother who has a 5025 with the telescoping links and that is what they use for some of the videos showcasing the product.

      -Mike

  8. Rex Hurd on June 4, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    HI.
    I have a Challenger MT285B Compact Tractor with Cat 1, extendable links. Will the Pat’s system work on this tractor? The release mechanisms for the links look very close for the Pat’s to be installed on it.

    Rex

    • Tractor Mike on June 5, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Rex,

      I asked the folks from Pat’s about compatibility with your tractor and they’re not familiar with that particular model, but told me to pass this on to you. Here’s how to tell if it’ll fit: He will need 2” from the back of the hole in the ball for clearance. Hope that helps!

      -Mike

  9. Joe Bourdeau on June 23, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    How do you make a pats cat one hitch fit a 4044m John Deere tractor. The large pin that attaches the hitch to the arm wii not go all the way through. I need help!!!

    • Tractor Mike on June 25, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Joe,

      I am forwarding your message on to the people at Pat’s. You should be hearing from them.

      -Mike

  10. Gary VanEsch on June 26, 2020 at 8:35 am

    I encountered a problem after mounting Pat’s Easy Hitch on my TYM 354 tractor. I’ve searched many sites and have yet to find anyone with a similar problem, but if you have or plan to get a TYM tractor and mount a PEH on it, then read this.
    After mounting the easy hitch, I noticed that the hitch is not square to the implement I planned to connect to. It seems that the lift arms on my tractor are not angled toward the end of the arms like most other tractors, thus connecting the hitch becomes an issue. The remedy came from the manufacturer, who told me that the bolts used to secure the hitch laterally to the lift arms can be adjusted. By loosening the u-bolt, then loosening the side bolts, angle the hitch until it mimics the angle of most tractor lift arms. After doing so, secure all bolts. Pat’s Easy Hitch will not be 90 degrees in alignment to the implement, but close enough. I don’t know why TYM did not angle their lift arms like others do, but at least it now works.
    Please let me know if anyone else has encountered this problem and if you’ve found any other way to overcome this dilemma.

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