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    Platinum Member Beltzington's Avatar
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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Thinking back, most of the times I almost damaged my FEL was when I wasn't using it. Unless you need it at least take the bucket off, it prevents collisions with trees, telephone poles etc... when you are watching what is attached to the back of your tactor. My avatar shows I don't follow my own advice Good Luck!

  2. #52
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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Quote Originally Posted by IslandTractor View Post
    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.
    That is why I recommend trip springs on the plow.
    I've been plowing snow with a 7' snow blade on the loader for years. Never had a problem yet.
    I hit stuff all the time. With the trip springs on the plow it just flips down and snaps back before it causes any damage to the loader arms.
    Vince,
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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Ya, my new snow plow has trip springs also. A whole heck of alot of people here have them, and i have not heard of any bent arm problems from anyone. They all love them for 6-8" days (our usual daily snow fall).
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    2011 Kioti DK45SE HST CAB tractor/loader, Jimna 6" - 3 point wood chipper, 60" JD Brush Hog, JD 60" Rototiller, 3 point post hole digger with hydraulic assist, 3 point spring tooth rake, Fimco 55 gallon weed sprayer with 12 foot boom, 3 point hydraulic wood splitter (home built)
    Quick Attach 79" loader mount snowblower & rear powerpack
    Quick Attach 84" Snow Blade
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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Put the bucket down on the highway.



    No clue where that pic came from or if it is legit.

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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Quote Originally Posted by hrcarver View Post
    Put the bucket down on the highway.



    No clue where that pic came from or if it is legit.

    NowTHATS a real compact trctor
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    2011 Kioti DK45SE HST CAB tractor/loader, Jimna 6" - 3 point wood chipper, 60" JD Brush Hog, JD 60" Rototiller, 3 point post hole digger with hydraulic assist, 3 point spring tooth rake, Fimco 55 gallon weed sprayer with 12 foot boom, 3 point hydraulic wood splitter (home built)
    Quick Attach 79" loader mount snowblower & rear powerpack
    Quick Attach 84" Snow Blade
    Quick Attach 42" pallet forks

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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    I should have known I would find the story here... It seems to be legit.

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/m...drag-ouch.html

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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Y'all beat me to the punch. When I saw the post the first things that came to mind were:
    - don't forget you were toting your chainsaw, chains, chain binders, etc. in the bucket when you decide to move a pile of dirt from here to there.
    - don't road your tractor with your bucket tipped down anything below level - as witnessed by the broken tractor in the previous pics
    - don't lift your bucket to the top and put your extension ladder in it to get that last bit of height needed when putting up your Christmas lights.
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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    2 NO NOs when using fel, First,. dont carry the bucket around raised high without using extreem caution, Second,.. Dont ram anything on one side of the bucket, causing twist in the main frame, Or the bucket,. When opperating Heavy Equipment,.Using your head is probably the most important rule you need to abide by, And caution should always be # 1,.. As far as back blading,? Front end loaders were designed to be used at 90 degrees plus, Common sense applies here a well, If you understand the limits of your equipment, and dont ram rod it, you can get alot done without, twisting/bending things Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by MHarryE
    - don't lift your bucket to the top and put your extension ladder in it to get that last bit of height needed when putting up your Christmas lights.
    Scrooge!

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    Default Re: Worst things to do to a FEL

    Quote Originally Posted by IslandTractor View Post
    Scrooge!
    The proper way to do it is to throw a rope over the roof, tie it to the bumper of your wife's car, use the rope to help pull yourself to the peak, and than as you finish with that last light clip have her get in the car and drive off. The video your kids take of this will go viral on Youtube and you will be an instant hit, either from being a star or the impact when you contact the ground.
    JD7720; KubotaM135GX; NH TS115A; JD6230; KubotaL5740

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