Which Heavy Hitch Should I buy?

Heavy Hitch
There are several variations of Heavy Hitch available. Which one is right for your tractor? As we examine each of these configurations in detail, hopefully you will be able to pick out the perfect one for your situation. Remember, no matter which variant you choose, be sure to use the TTWT coupon code at checkout for a 5% discount.

3 Point Hitch Size (Category)

3 Point hitches come in several different sizes. These sizes are referred to as ‘Categories’. Garden Tractors, if they have 3 point hitches are usually ‘Category 0’. Sub-compact tractors, and compact utility tractors up to 50hp or so are typically ‘Category 1’. 50 hp and larger utility tractors are likely ‘Category 2’. There are more categories, but they are not relevant to potential Heavy Hitch uses.

Most Heavy Hitch variants are Category 1. However, there is one made specifically for Category 0, and one specfically made for Category 2.

For the rest of this article, we will focus on the various Category 1 hitches.

Weight brackets

The hitches vary by the number and location of weight brackets. Some optimize the location for the most compact weight placement, others optimize the bracket location(s) to handle larger weights or more weights.

Ground Engaging Implements

Heavy Hitch makes several attachments which connect to the 2 inch receiver hitch. Examples include a sub-soiler and a toolbar with hiller/bedder. These implements are recommended only on the heavier “super duty” receiver hitches. These hitches are made of thicker steel.

In addition to thicker/stronger steel, these hitches have a ‘grab hook’ welded on the top. This hook can provide a handy place to connect a chain for pulling/lifting tasks.

The table below details the features of each Heavy Hitch variant.

Max Weight
(with 42lb weights)
Max Weight
(with 70lb weights)
Ground Engaging
Basic Receiver Hitch Adapter(HA1)Yes---
Standard DutyHitch and Bracket (HH1)Yes368 lb (8)--
Super DutyHitch Bracket(HH1S)Yes368 lb (8)-Yes
Offset BracketHitch (HH1UO)Yes368 lb (8)596 lb (8)Yes
Double BracketHitch (HH1DB)Yes708 lb (16)1176 lb (16)Yes

Which one is right for you?

For subcompact tractors which are not used to lift heavy loads with the FEL, the “Super Duty” would be my recommendation.

If you have a slightly larger tractor, or if you plan to use your FEL to its maximum capacity (as I sometimes do), consider the offset bracket. If you are comfortable with 70lb weights, the offset bracket provides the most compact way to get almost 600 lbs of ballast. You can use any combination of 8x 42lb or 70lb weights depending on your needs.

If you have a 2-series or larger tractor, I would highly recommend the double bracket, and consider getting 16 of the 70lb weights. This will provide 1156lb (including bracket) of ballast. The double bracket is a tight fit on sub-compact tractors like the 1-series. We will soon have a video showing this. It CAN work, but it is somewhat cumbersome due to the short lift arms on these small tractors. Larger tractors will provide much more room, allowing a full set of weights on the inner bracket. Also, while it works with the Deere iMatch quick hitch, it does not work with the ‘more bulky’ (less refined) Harbor Freight hitch that I have.

Even with fluid (Rimguard) in my rear tires, rear wheel weights, and a 8x 42lb weights, I find that my 1025R is often not ballasted properly for the load I am carrying. This is an area where planning ahead for the worst case scenario is probably the best answer. So, if you own the 1-series, consider the offset bracket. If you have a larger tractor with more space between the lift arms, you’ll likely want the double bracket. More ballast is better, and more flexibility is best!


  1. Hi Tim, you mention the double bracket is pretty tight using the weights on the inside for a 1025r. I’m curious how tight. Do you have any pictures or video of this? I am looking to purchase one and would love the versatility of the double hitch, just not sure if it will work based on your comments. Love your article by the way, very timely and with great info, well done!!

  2. Tim, I’m new to the compact tractor world, heck, new to the tractor world really. You referred to using your FEL to its maximum capacity. Please explain FEL. Thanks

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