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    Default FEL Rest Position

    When parking my tractor in the garage, I've been lowering the FEL until it just touches the floor (loose stone), level the bucket, then shut the tractor off. Would it be better to put the FEL in the float position before shutting the tractor off?


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    Default Re: FEL Rest Position

    I lower mine until it just touches, shut down then cycle the loader valve through all the positions to ensure the loader/bucket is fully down with no residual pressures in the lines. Don't ask my why I do this, just always have [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]


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    Default Re: FEL Rest Position

    Mike, I do it just like Rob (and for the same reasons)[img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]; don't know whether it actually helps anything or not; just don't like to leave pressure in anything except the tank on my air compressor.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]


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    Default Re: FEL Rest Position

    I shut my tractor off with the fel still off the ground and then lower it and release the pressure. This is the way the dealer explained it.


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    Default Re: FEL Rest Position

    I just lower the fel on the floor and shut the tractor off. I guess that as long as the bucket is flat on the floor it can't do any harm.

    Paul


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    Default Re: FEL Rest Position

    Mike
    I leave my FEL in the same position as the others. Why? For the same reason but also itís a good habit to get into so that I don't forget when removing the FEL. There have been threads about the problems with not removing pressure and quick disconnects will not go together when loader is put back on tractor. Click here for one started by GlueGuy.




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    Default Re: FEL Rest Position

    I for one like to leave FEL in float also tip the bucket about 20 deg so the edge on the surface.

    Thomas..NH [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: FEL Rest Position

    Just a couple of thoughts about leaving the loader in the float position: If you ever remove the bucket and you're "habit" is to leave the loader in float. Once you knock out that last pin,
    the loader will drop, and chances are Murphy will be sure that something with nerves will be under it at the time. (Not that I've ever done that, I just know a guy who has [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img])
    The other reason I can think of is the spool return spring is compressed the whole time the loader is in float and applying pressure to the float detent. Now your not going to wreck anything over a short period of time but why add the extra stress to the system. Probably the best method is to set the loader on the ground and release all pressure with the loader control. The best reason for this is you will avoid any opportunity for the weight of the loader dropping when the kids are goofing around on the machine or you're showing your neighbor (or your wife, ask Rogue about the mower incident) how cool your kubota is......


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    Default Re: FEL Rest Position

    Kubmech, your response to others makes me think I may not have been clear enough in my answer either. I DO NOT leave the lever in the float position; I just lower the bucket flat on the floor, shut the engine off, then move the lever in all directions to relieve any pressure, and then leave the lever in the neutral position.


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    Default Re: FEL Rest Position

    Well here's my version, lower it till it's about 1"or 2 off the floor, and roll the bucket so the cutting edge is on the floor. That way I use it like a giant dust pan. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img] Cause there's alway's something going on in the garage. Sweep it in the bucket and take it out and dump it in the garden. Makes for a good excuse to run the bota!!! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]


    Camshaft in Pa.



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