Glenmac,

I have taken as little as five minutes to put the back hoe on the tractor or take it off. I have taken as long as 30-45 minutes as well. I don't include the time to take off/put on the 3PH. My biggest problem with getting the 48 on/off is waiting the 10 seconds or so it takes for the rocker arms to come up enough to lift the backhoe up. The 4700 manual says keeping the 3PH lever full back for more than 10 seconds or so is a bad thing. But it seems to take 11 seconds for the extra little movement in the rocker arms to move up.

I have also fiddled with the silver metal plates that are on the backhoe. You know the ones that the rocker arms fit into and can be a quarter inch or so lower than the rest of the "hooks". I hope that makes sense. I can make the whole process harder than its supposed to be....... [img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img]

What is going to be real interesting for me is that the work I'm doing now does not require the backhoe. And I won't need it for months. So I parked the backhoe near where I keep the tractor. The problem with this is that the land is not flat, in fact its 5 degrees according to my tiltmeter. Not flat like the manual says. What I did is go up and down the slope so that the tractor is "flat" left and right. Theory says, at least my theory, that as long as the tractor and backhoe are in the same plane everything should work. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img] This may be a bad theory in which case I'm going to have my work cut out for me when I go to get the 48 back on the tractor. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img] The conversation about the hydraulic leak down has given me some concern but I can't say that has been a problem in the past. But then it could have been and I just did not know it. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img] But the alternative parking place was to leave the backhoe is a very unsecure area...

Later...
Dan