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    Default FEL bucket orientation indicator

    Being a FEL newbie, and after practicing for about a hour on some gravel, I find it hard to determine the orientation of the bucket from the tractor seat. I remember reading about some indicators, but my searches have not found them. I would appreciate any links, pics, or other info on this matter, espicially any DIY homebrew ones.

    JohnS


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    Default Re: FEL bucket orientation indicator

    Hi John

    I have kubota L35 and on the left-hand arm of the loader is a attached a tube, and inside this is a rod that is attached to the bucket link, as the bucket moves, the rod moves up or down inside the tube, and from the driving seat you can see it come in and out of the tube, and with a bit of practice you soon know exactly what position the bucket is in, it is very simple yet very effective. I'm sorry if this description is confusing, but I don't have a dig camera yet.
    I think it is a kubota standard fitting so they may have a photo on their site

    Regards

    Chris


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    Default Re: FEL bucket orientation indicator

    John,

    I don't know anything about the FEL on a Jinma, but on my front loader there is a plate on the top of the bucket, parallel to the bottom of the bucket that is visible from the seat. I strapped a half full 16 oz clear plastic Pepsi bottle to the plate. When the bucket was level so was the pepsi in the bottle. When this rig finally got knocked off, I had a good enough feel that it didn't get repaired. Maybe you could rig up something similar.

    Al


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    TC29D, 8n, 9n

    Default Re: FEL bucket orientation indicator

    JohnS, Here is one discussion I foundhttp://www.tractorbynet.com/cgi-bin/...view=&sb=&vc=1
    For some reason the photo links don't work. My TC29D uses the rod thru the tube thing as well. With this type you have to get the bucket level, then either mark the rod or cut it off even with the top of the tube. It's a fairly simple device, with a little drilling and maybe some tack welding you could make one yourself.

    Ernie

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    Default Re: FEL bucket orientation indicator

    Thanks Al, The Jinma FEL does have a flat plate ontop of bucket. I will try this quick and dirty approuch. Follow-up with a tube and rod solution, at a latter date. Thanks.

    JohnS


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    Default Re: FEL bucket orientation indicator

    Erinie, Chris, Thanks. I think I have a good idea how this works and will try to figure out the best mounting position, etc. I quickly looked at kubota and Deere sites, but could not identify a level indicator in any of the FELs I looked at. If anyone has a pic or link to one, that would still be great. I would like to make one of the rod and tube ones, but in the meantime, I am going to try Al's quick solution.

    JohnS


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    Default Re: FEL bucket orientation indicator

    My New Holand TC 35 (16LA loader) has a rod with a notch in it (a small bend in the rod). The rod slides parallel to the loader arm as the bucket tilts...the notch sits on the support bracket when the bucket is level. When the bucket is tilted forward the notch slides forward, when it is tilted up the notched part of the rod is back. It helps align things when approaching a stump or log that I want to lift with the toothbar.

    This sounds identical to the rod in the tube...with the addition of a surefire way to know where level is. Perhaps a stripe painted on the rod would accomplish the same thing.

    Chas


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    NH TC40DA Cab w/FEL

    Default Re: FEL bucket orientation indicator

    Here is a picture from the NH 16LA loader. As described eariler, when the notch is centered on the bracked, the bucket is level. Having used Green and Orange tractors, I find this one the easiest to use. Just my two cents...
    Mark

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    Default Re: FEL bucket orientation indicator

    Thanks, for this pic. Do you happen to have one that is shot from a few feet back. Kinda get an overview of the whole hook-up. Thanks.

    JohnS


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    Default Re: FEL bucket orientation indicator

    Here is a view from a little farther back. I little harder to see. This is actually a pretty simple setup. You would just have to figure out how to attach the rod at the bottom on yours. The bracket is held on by a u-bolt, it's just a piece of metal with a hole for the rod to slide through. Good luck...
    Mark

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