Five Simple Steps to
Fitting a Quick Hitch
the quick hitch allows you
to switch between attachments
quickly and easily.

As the name indicates, the quick hitch allows you to switch between attachments quickly and easily, without any stress or complications. If you’ve ever wondered just how simple it is to use, our step-by-step guide demonstrates just how quickly you’ll be able to get on with the job. With these five easy steps you’ll be hitching like a pro in no time.

Step One: Unlocking the existing attachment

If you are working with a hydraulic quick hitch you need to unlock the pins. This will require a switching action to be performed by the operator in order to enable the hydraulic function to be actioned from the seat of the machine.

If the quick hitch is manual, the operator needs to remove the pin retaining mechanism and remove the locking pins. Always ensure the attachment being removed is on stable ground. If its not self-supportive you need to ensure the attachment does not tip over during the procedure.

Step Two: Removing the attachment

Depending on the quick hitch type, the loader crowd (or sometimes known as bucket roll) and lift functions need to be engaged in order to remove the attachment from the quick hitch. This is done by tilting the attachment forward when the locking pins are disengaged: the base of the attachment will move free of the locking pin and pressure plate location.

After this the loader arms will need to be lowered away from the top hooking mechanism of the attachment, by lowering the arms and gently tilting the quick hitch further forward at the same time if required.

Step Three: Re-attaching and aligning a different attachment

Ensure that the attachment to be fitted is easily accessible, clear of obstructions and stable. Drive the machine towards the attachment with the quick hitch in the tilted forward position. Carefully align the top of the quick hitch with the hooking mechanism and drive into the attachment.

Once the hitch has made the connection, gently lift the attachment to engage the top mechanism, ensuring it hooks correctly so the attachment cannot disconnect and fall off. Gently crowd back the attachment until it is clearly latched into position on the top and bottom of the quick hitch.

Step Four: Locking on the new attachment

Once the attachment has been securely lifted and located onto the quick hitch, manually fit the locking pins and retainers (or reverse the procedure for the hydraulic locking pins), and ensure they are securely locked into place. Most quick hitches have a location device or gauge to ensure the operator can see from the cabin if the pins are located or not.

Step Five: You’re ready to go!

Once the quick hitch is securely attached you are ready to get going. The beauty of the quick hitch is the simplicity with which it can be fitted to attachments, saving you the hassle and hard work involved in coordinating the correct machinery, so you can get on with job without any hassles.

Please note this is a general guide only. Specific instructions may vary for different machines.