I don't see many auctions around my part of the country for lawn and garden stuff. Not even really plow days or shows I can find...... maybe I don't know where to look? Well if you find another deal like that 55 dollar one, buy it for me and I'll send you a finders fee for shipping it to me!To me, any of these hitches, whether original or reproduction, aren't worth more than $150.00. I just don't understand what is driving the prices for these up so high.
Yes, the one you have posted is cheaper than an original hitch, however I think it's still over priced. You do what you want, but if you aren't in a big hurry for one, I think I would start going to some Lawn and Garden Tractor auctions to see if I could find an original one and maybe save a few bucks. Three years ago I bought a white patio hitch for $55.00. Didn't need it at the time, but since the price was right, how could I turn it down? I ended up trading Craig my white hitch for his black hitch.
I've seen people who fab those up on ebay as well. Seems like the linkage is going for about 30 bucks or so.Don't forget the lift bar that hooks to linkage under tractor out thru the vertical opening in rear of tractor . They can be a bit hard to find also. It took me a year to find it on e-bay. Price is what they are going for right now on that some even higher. If your on watching prices (e-bay) you'll know when a number is good or not . Good luck