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 07-09-2001, 21:46 Post: 29930
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I'm new here, so forgive me if this has been discussed before.We have a new TC-33D SuperSteer Hydro with 6' belly mower and front end loader, and I just love it! It's the most fun you can have driving a tractor.Problems (I'm being honest here: Can we talk?)1. Front grill and radiator screen clog up quickly with grass clippings2. Steering brakes are WORTHLESS with hydro (I suspect I'm like most people in only having 1 foot on my right leg).3. Attaching and detaching the loader is quite easy, except it scrapes the paint off the front crossbar.I think I have remedies for these problems, but I'd like to hear your comments first.Let me know what you think.Tom H






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 07-09-2001, 23:39 Post: 29932
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Tom,
I too have a 33D,but without supersteer.Yes, the grill does catch a lot of grass,dirt,etc. but, at least it keeps it out of the radiator.You're right about the brakes,worthless with the hydro,but,i had a 1725 gear tractor before this one and i rarely used the brakes independent of one another so i wasn't to concerned about this.My tractor makes a lot of noises that i didn't have with the old tractor,most aggravating is the noise i have from either the gears or clutch housing(gear chatter).The noise hasn't affected operation of tractor,just annoying.I love my 33D too.Boy,does 4wd make a big difference in ability to get things done.I haven't taken my FEL off yet,kinda nervous about that,any pointers? First FEL too,don't see how i got by without one. I have 46 hours on mine now and will be doing 50 hour service this week,can't decide to do it myself or have dealer do it(have $200 credit at dealer that was part of purchase negotiations).I almost bought a JD 4300 but went with blue color due to dealer confidence.What remedies do you have?
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 07-10-2001, 09:09 Post: 29944
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Hey guys! I have a Case IH DX33, same tractor different color. I just did the 50 hour service myself, so if you have any questions feel free to ask. I would definitely take the loader off before servicing. Also pop the side panel off. Taking these things off makes getting the oil filter off a lot easier.






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 07-10-2001, 11:21 Post: 29955
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And to answer your question Tom--I have noticed the same things you have. I love my tractor, but it does have a few things that could be better. I have a 3 point finish mower (6') and the rear hydraulic is so stiff that I can't raise and lower it without it being very jerky, so that I end up slamming the mower onto the ground all the time. It slams so hard I'm worried about cracking the cement in the barn! I know there is a spool to control the rate of movement of the rear hydraulic and maybe I should mess with this. Another problem is getting the loader back on. The lines have such pressure in them sometimes that I can't get the couplers on without releasing hydraulic fluid, which is kinda messy. All in all though, it is a fine machine that I enjoy very much!






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 07-10-2001, 12:08 Post: 29958
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Shannon That should be an easy adjustment to control your rate of drop. On my JD 950, it is a simple lever to turn. I can slow it down to the point it appears it is not even moving. That can't be good for your mower.






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 07-11-2001, 06:51 Post: 29976
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My TC29 has a knob under the driver's seat that allows me to adjust the rate at which the rear 3 point hydraulics raise or lower.

Taking the FEL of is pretty straightforward--just have the FEL's user manual handy and follow the instructions. When you detach the FEL, make sure you're leaving it on solid ground. It also helps when reattaching it to have left it in a spot where there's something in front of the bucket. I've found that when I leave the FEL in an open area, it takes a bit more work to get it reattached. When there's something in front of the bucket, I can drive the tractor into the FEL and it makes realigning the FEL to the tractor much easier. Try it and you'll see what I mean.

For the 50 hour service, you should definitely take the FEL off. On my TC29, one of the maintenance items is to replace the hydraulic filter. This is a definite no-no if the loader is still attached to the tractor.






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 07-11-2001, 07:47 Post: 29978
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Alan, yes, thankfully the screen is there, otherwise the radiator and oil cooler would be plugged. I've only got 30 hours on mine so far, but I began to wonder why such a large amount of clippings were getting up to the front grill. I have the mid-mount mower, and after watching closely, I see a lot of cut grass blowing out from under the front of the mower. I think if this weren't happening, there would be less buildup on the grill and radiator screen. Lowering the mower would probably help, but I'm cutting pretty close now and don't want to go any lower. I'm thinking about trying an experiment by making a rubber flap and attaching it across the front lower edge of the mower deck to extend the edge lower. This might keep the clippings from blowing out from under the front. If I use something like 1/4" thick rubber material I can get at the local Tractor Supply, it will flex if it hits anything. The only bad thing I can think of is that the flap may bend the grass over too far and affect the quality of the cut. If I get brave enough to drill holes in the deck, I'll try it out. Maybe I could use some small C-clamps to hold it on to test out the theory without drilling.

To make the loader removal and mounting smoother, I'm going to mount a pair of small wheels to the front cross bar so they will support the loader instead of the cross bar sliding along the floor. For those of you who haven't removed your loader yet, the first time can be a little unnerving as you watch the front cross bar slide along the floor, rubbing and scraping off the fresh blue paint! Make sure you are on a flat LEVEL surface. I recommend a couple of long 2x4's placed so the cross bar will rest on them. I'll report back when I get the wheels mounted.

Shannon, yes, my mower lift is a bit jerky too. I think it's because the lever is stiff, maybe because it's still new. But my brother has a 3 yr old 1630 (very similar) and his is about the same. I think he has about 250 hours on his so it should be loosened up by now if it's going to.

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 07-11-2001, 08:25 Post: 29981
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By the way, be careful when plugging in the hydraulic lines when you mount the loader onto the tractor. Wipe off the ends of the hose fittings and also inside the couplers on the tractor to make sure they are clean. Inside each coupler is a small rubber O-Ring, and they are easily damaged, which will cause a leak. Make sure the hose fitting is straight, not cocked, when you push it into the coupler. The first time I did it, one of the O-Rings got nicked, and it leaked. I replaced the O-Ring and I keep a few spares on hand just in case.

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 07-19-2001, 00:21 Post: 30231
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When I mount the FEL on my TC33D I use the bucket tilt to raise the main supports a little higher than the main boom cylinders lift it. It seems to help with the gnarly scraping of the paint on the front supports plus having the bucket tilted down lets you slide underneath the "kickstand"without pushung the whole thing forward.Whatever you do don't be afraid to take the FEL off and put it on!It really is easier to do than hook up a three point implement. Sometimes I take it off and attach it twice in a day! It's a snap!

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 07-20-2001, 22:11 Post: 30269
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Shannon,
When putting your loader back on try jogging your loader stick around with the tractor off before trying to attach the hoses. This assumes the pressure is on the tractor side. If the pressure is on the loader side you can jog your stick around with the tractor off before disconnecting the hoses when you detach the loader. This seems to work very well for me.

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