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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Quote Originally Posted by kiotiken View Post
    This thread looks like my diary entry for last weekend.



    The first thing on my list of "must have's" when I bought my tractor was a cup holder.
    Are you aware that it is aginst the law to operate machinery while drinking?

    That I why I always make sure I come to a complete stop, turn tractor off, take drink, and then resume my business
    ".........there is only one way to find out."
    "Ok, hold my beer and watch this.........."


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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Also remember if you put something in your bucket like chains, chainsaw etc and forget about them when you start digging into a pile of gravel. I know many people whom have done this...
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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    Anyone with some wisdom?
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    Even when using bucket in float mode, I would not back drag with excessive tilt angle. And of course, when in float mode wheels are always on the ground.

    It is also more effective to back drag with a load of dirt, or rock in the bucket. That requires the bucket to be curled back so materials don't fall out.
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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Quote Originally Posted by johnk View Post
    Also remember if you put something in your bucket like chains, chainsaw etc and forget about them when you start digging into a pile of gravel. I know many people whom have done this...
    Good one While out working years ago I asked one of my girls if she knew where my chainsaw went....she said "dad you buried it". I said oh yeah I knew that.
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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    When carrying heavy loads with the loader keep the load as low as possible and keep your hand on the loader controls. If you start to flip on uneven ground you can panic drop the bucket. This usually happens somewhere between the pucker facter and your shorts getting filled!
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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelover View Post
    Don't asymmetrically load it either with a chain or by pushing. Don't use it as a bulldozer or to ram things. Don't push tree branches or tree trunks that can act as a huge spring and take your head off. Don't push over trees which can break off high up and crash down on you. Don't use it without adequate rear ballast. Don't transport weight in it when elevated. Don't lift heavy objects when on a surface inclined perpendicular to the tractor. Don't ride people in it.

    When used as a portable beer cooler, put the ice in before the beer.
    Good advice on use of the FEL though frankly I don't mind digging through ice for my beer.

    Also, regarding transporting with weight in the bucket. Surely you are correct it should not be elevated to full height or even above chest level but elevating a few feet off the ground is no problem and safer than "skimming" the ground with a load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IslandTractor View Post
    Good advice on use of the FEL though frankly I don't mind digging through ice for my beer.
    Not me, I hate cold hands.

    Also, regarding transporting with weight in the bucket. Surely you are correct it should not be elevated to full height or even above chest level but elevating a few feet off the ground is no problem and safer than "skimming" the ground with a load.
    Right. Once I screwed up and accidentally put the loader in the float position while on the move. When it came to the ground I just about went over the steering wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9american View Post
    As in aviation, "12 hours between the bottle and the throttle."
    Sure glad that my beer is in cans.
    ::"I STARTED out with nothing....I still have most of it."

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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    After reading some of these Don'ts, I'm wondering if attaching a snow plow to the FEL may risk bending or distorting bucket arms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellweather
    After reading some of these Don'ts, I'm wondering if attaching a snow plow to the FEL may risk bending or distorting bucket arms?
    In theory yes. The long arms of a tractor FEL are far more vulnerable than the short stubby arms of a bulldozer or the spring protected arms of a pickup truck plow. Still there are not too many damage reports which is probably because most snowplowing with CUTs is done on known asphalt surfaces with little risk of a high energy collision with a sewer cover or curb etc. No doubt though, a CUT FEL would be much more easily bent in such an impact.

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