Cylinder Safety Stops

   / Cylinder Safety Stops #1  

shooterdon

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I want to use my FEL to lift stuff like a mower and Kawasaki Mule to perform maintenance. I have searched for cylinder stops and they cost about $100 which seems a bit expensive for a couple of lengths of steel and pins.

The ones I found were on Tractor Mikes and was wondering if there are any other suppliers...or does someone have another idea for safely keeping the loader arms up while working on equipment.

Can I just zip tie angle iron on top of the cylinder shafts?
 
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I want to use my FEL to lift stuff like a mower and Kawasaki Mule to perform maintenance. I have searched for cylinder stops and they cost about $100 which seems a bit expensive for a couple of lengths of steel and pins.

The ones I found were on Tractor Mikes and was wondering if there are any other suppliers...or does someone have another idea for safely keeping the loader arms up while working on equipment.

Can I just zip tie angle iron on top of the cylinder shafts?

If you are absolutely sure zip ties keep angle irons solidly in place....
 
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I want to use my FEL to lift stuff like a mower and Kawasaki Mule to perform maintenance. I have searched for cylinder stops and they cost about $100 which seems a bit expensive for a couple of lengths of steel and pins.

The ones I found were on Tractor Mikes and was wondering if there are any other suppliers...or does someone have another idea for safely keeping the loader arms up while working on equipment.

Can I just zip tie angle iron on top of the cylinder shafts?
Seems most people use angle iron, or U-channel if you have some. Paint them some really garish high contrasting color so you dont forget them.
 
   / Cylinder Safety Stops #5  
I have seen guys get fancy with pieces of angle iron and build pieces for the ends to lock them in place. Cups on the cylinder end with notches to go around rod, and pieces to secure into the rod brackets at the other end. I would still add something like zip ties to add extra precaution
 
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Here is what I made for a safety prop for the FEL on my BX2230.
Some 1 1/2" square tube, a 1" flat washer, and an 1 1/2" shaft collar were used, all of which I had on hand. Made two, one for myself, and one for my friend that also has a 2230.
 

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   / Cylinder Safety Stops #7  
Here is what I made for a safety prop for the FEL on my BX2230.
Some 1 1/2" square tube, a 1" flat washer, and an 1 1/2" shaft collar were used, all of which I had on hand. Made two, one for myself, and one for my friend that also has a 2230.

Nice job!
 
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OEM prop has a rubber bumper to protect the cylinder rod. Doesn’t take much to nick that chrome.

The bumper is rubber plug type that fits a drilled hole. Source might be rubber feet from discarded appliances. Or rubber strips glued.
 
   / Cylinder Safety Stops #9  
This is a timely post. I need to make new ones since I replaced all the cylinders on my FEL. The rods are larger. I like the square tube tool made by BravoXray. And I'm just **** enough to add rubber padding. :giggle:
 
   / Cylinder Safety Stops #10  
I recently needed to do some repairs on my CUT's hydraulics and it called for the FEL to remain elevated.
Simple old bed spring angle stock worked out just fine for the task.
Fortunately the angle ends cleared any delicate areas (seals etc.) and made contact with solid metal.
I had contemplated slitting washers and welding onto the angle ends B4 I did a trial fit.

On the positive side, I replaced the seals on my C/S driven hydraulic pump and I no longer have FEL leak down, it remains elevated for days now. (B4 I had believed the leak down was a valve issue that I had learned to live with)
 
 
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