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    Default Bucket position when stored

    On my 2520 (or any other tractor), is there an ideal way to have the bucket rotated/positioned when lowering it to my garage floor when I am putting tucking her in for the night? Does the same apply for when I remove the FEL completely and store it? I don't want to put unnecessary stress on it. Thanks
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    Default Re: Bucket position when stored

    Basically, store it the same way you would store it when removed, bucket on the ground, blade forward, relax the hydraulics.

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    Thanks, but what do you mean when you say "blade forward"?
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    Default Re: Bucket position when stored

    I rotate the bucket down so the cutting edge sits on a block of wood. Reason for this is rust, I have dirt/rock floors and moisture will ruin a bucket especially if it sits flat for a long time. You could probably also lay it flat on a couple of 4by4's and be allright. I wouldn't leave it in direct contact for long periods.

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    I think one of the main things besides setting it on wet ground, is to make sure u take the pressure of the hydrolics. I have had my tractor for almost 11 yrs and have had no issues with the cylinders on the loader, knock on wood. As I stated, I "always" take the pressure off the system when I cut the tractor off.
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    Default Re: Bucket position when stored

    Quote Originally Posted by TNTractor1 View Post
    Thanks, but what do you mean when you say "blade forward"?
    Curl the bucket so the bucker cylinders are retracted.

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    Default Re: Bucket position when stored

    Quote Originally Posted by TNTractor1 View Post
    Thanks, but what do you mean when you say "blade forward"?
    Curl the bucket so the bucket cylinders are retracted.

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    If it's just sitting inside on a concrete floor for a day at a time, then just curl the bucket all the way back and release the hydraulic pressure. Mine sit's covered outside, so I have a wedge I built that cradles the bucket to keep it off the ground, as well as relieve the hydraulic pressure.
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    Default Re: Bucket position when stored

    If inside, the bucket is pretty flat after relieving hydraulic pressure. This is in a garage below the house, so it isn't damp.
    If outside (which isn't for more then a day or two), I put it in full dump in case it rains.
    I've been doing this for about 10-11 years now with no adverse effects. As far as the cylinder piston rods, a light coating of grease during the winter months (if it doesn't snow, the tractor may set for an extended time).
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