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    Danged front loader!

    So, I'd pulled the bucket off the tractor when I first got it rather than to take the whole lift mechanism off. I got around the trees and such just fine with it.Well, my moron Aggie buddy from Waco came down just to check it out and shoot the bull and targets one afternoon. He says, "you know, you can pull them two pins there, disconnect the hydraulic lines, and pull that whole front loader off". Well, I knew that, but just seemed easier to just pull off the bucket by pulling 4 pins. So, I went to reconnect it the other day and I could NOT get the hydraulic lines to reconnect. Well, I got on youtube and saw how to bleed the pressure off the lines. I FINALLY got the thing back on after two days of trying and sleeping on the problem. IT was a pain, let's just say. Forget it, though, when I go back to mow, I'm pulling the bucket off and leaving the hydraulics alone.
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    Whew...I would never screw with hydraulic lines unless there was an issue with the system. Glad you were able to get the thing put back together.
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    Pressure buildup in closed hydraulics lines is a common problem. If the unit is an older one with manually operated controls, moving them will often relieve the pressure and let those quick connects work like they're supposed to. Newer units with electrically controlled/hydraulically operated systems can be a real pain. Sometimes it helps to turn off the engine, then turn the key back on (do not start) and work the electric joysticks to dump residual pressure.

    Always, the safe practice is to turn the engine off before connecting or disconnecting hydraulic lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrucksNCoffee View Post
    Pressure buildup in closed hydraulics lines is a common problem. If the unit is an older one with manually operated controls, moving them will often relieve the pressure and let those quick connects work like they're supposed to. Newer units with electrically controlled/hydraulically operated systems can be a real pain. Sometimes it helps to turn off the engine, then turn the key back on (do not start) and work the electric joysticks to dump residual pressure.

    Always, the safe practice is to turn the engine off before connecting or disconnecting hydraulic lines.
    Hmm, I worked the joy stick, but I didn't turn the key on. I think I just learned something with your post, thanks. The way I got the pressure off the hoses is to crack the QD fittings and bleed 'em down.

    Yep, just pull 4 pins and pull the bucket off, a lot easier.
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    Your problems are the exact reason I've NEVER removed the bucket or the entire assembly from my Kubota. I have trouble enough installing the bush hog mower with only two pins - lord knows what I'd face trying to get a perfect alignment with the two large (.xxx)pins for reinstallation of the lift assembly !. Repairing a few fences is easier than fighting the reinstallation troubles.

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    I've always been in the habit of relieving all hydraulic pressure at shutdown, regardless of the machine. Most even relatively new machines will leak somewhere, usually packing or seals......it's what hydraulics do but relieving the pressure mitigates it greatly. I release the pressure on the reservoir first (crack open the cap) then, like TNC said, I work all the levers until no resistance is felt. Watch those pins, keep 'em snug and well lubed to avoid big trouble down the road. After all, PINS is an acronym for Pain In NutS and I can tell ya' from experience that they mostly are, especially once they're seized......the kind like ya' read about.
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    Simple task of joy stick pressure release - I never leave pressure on, but I don't bother with the reservoir. What galls me is to see a tractor dealership with all their tractors sitting there with the buckets in full up positions, and leaving them that way over a weekend. That just can't be good for the machine. But leaving one out in the weather overnight is a no-no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassrh View Post
    Simple task of joy stick pressure release - I never leave pressure on, but I don't bother with the reservoir. What galls me is to see a tractor dealership with all their tractors sitting there with the buckets in full up positions, and leaving them that way over a weekend. That just can't be good for the machine. But leaving one out in the weather overnight is a no-no.
    Boy oh boy! If that bothers ya, don't come near PA. There are four yards, all within a half-hour drive of here, each with a hundred or more man-lifts, cherry-pickers, and stuff ALL raised maximum, and there they sit for weeks, months maybe. Winter, summer, regardless.
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    I have seen big cherry pickers in yards raised full boom with an American flag flying off it. Very patriotic.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash60601 View Post
    Boy oh boy! If that bothers ya, don't come near PA. There are four yards, all within a half-hour drive of here, each with a hundred or more man-lifts, cherry-pickers, and stuff ALL raised maximum, and there they sit for weeks, months maybe. Winter, summer, regardless.
    THAT would drive me bonkers, like tools left outside or a uneven picture frame.

 

 
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