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 05-30-2004, 06:58 Post: 87251
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 Bucket up or....bucket down?

I've been parking with the FEL bucket essentially level and dropped into float position. However, when it rains a puddle collects in the bucket. I want to avoid standing water as a mosquito breeding ground. Yesterday I curled the bucket way over and dropped it into float.

This morning I looked at the tractor and when I saw the exposed portion of the hyrdaulics for the bucket, I began wondering if parking this way is bad for the seals or other hyraulic components.

So....is it safe for the equipment to roll the bucket forward when I park?

Thanks.

Eric






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 05-30-2004, 07:32 Post: 87254
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 Bucket up or....bucket down?

I don't believe that you would be leaving it there long enough for the cylinders to develop any rust so there would or should be no differnce as to daily use.






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 05-30-2004, 07:32 Post: 87255
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 Bucket up or....bucket down?

try laying down a 2 X 4 or even two,nailed together. Then place the heel of your bucket on that wood. This will give the bucket a two inch pitch, drain water, and not extend the jacks more than an eigth inch.. You can't curl, then drop bucket as it will flatten out in an hour or two. Place the heel on some wood and let try it out see what you think..






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 05-30-2004, 08:36 Post: 87257
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 Bucket up or....bucket down?

When you store a backhoe, all the rams are extended to their fullest, if you stored it with them in, the boom and stick would be streight up in the air and the bucket would be curled out. The rams are made of an alloy that resists any weather damage. You should be able to set the bucket with a little forward angle and just taking the weight off the fel but not lifting the front tires, don't put it in float. It should stay there for a long time unless your hydraulics have a slight leak. Both the lift and curl would have to leak in order for it to drop since they would be working against each other.






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 05-30-2004, 12:14 Post: 87268
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 Bucket up or....bucket down?

It is my understanding the the typical hydraulic piston rod is plated with a chromium alloy and the rod itself is an allow steel. I my opinion, the preferred position to park the cylinders in is with the piston rods ALL FULLY retracted if at all possible, especially for extended periods of storage. The chromium alloy plating is highly restant to corrosion but is not impervious. Minor inperfections in the plating may allow the underlying steel in the piston rod to come in contact with moisture and then the rust begins. For short periods of time as Art suggested; pistons extended will not be of much consequence.






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 05-30-2004, 14:38 Post: 87277
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 Bucket up or....bucket down?

If you use your tractor regulary you shouldn't have a problem with rust. But I have seen brand new machines with rusty cylinder at the dealship. Guess they have had them sitting there to long out side in the elements. To me that mean $$$$ off then when they try to sell them.






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