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 11-30-2001, 22:49 Post: 33569
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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knows of a top link that is easily adjustable from the seat of my tractor. When I use my box blade, Utility fork, and other 3ph impliments I find myself either having to lean back over the seat to reach it or get off the machine altogether. Is their a hydraulic top link out there?

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 12-01-2001, 05:45 Post: 33572
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Joe, I don't know what kind of tractor you have, but for some of the larger tractors the manufacturers offer an optional hydraulic "Top 'N Tilt"; hydraulic top link and hydraulic side link. Gannon, Tisco, and some other manufacturers offer "kits" for some, but not all, of the compact tractors. And then some of us, including myself, bought components, designed and installed our own. The biggest problem is that you can expect to spend $600 to $1,200, but I'd really hate to be without it now that I'm accustomed to having it.






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 12-01-2001, 07:28 Post: 33574
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I think there are a few commercial top-link only kits available. A dealer should know of a commercial product or be able to put one together. The links are only a cylinder of the right diameter and length with ball joint ends for the top-link pins. Hoses and connectors too I guess. I got mine as part of a 3ph forklift, and use it for my scraper as well. I absolutely would not be without one when using a scraper. I use the top-link almost exclusively to control action of the scraper and touch the 3ph seldom. The hydraulic top-link allows me to change from cut to drag to spread on the fly. I don't think there's any other way to do that except for a hydraulic link. If you have one made up it's important to get the hose length right. I had mine made up with extra long hoses so I can run the cylinder from the loader curl circuit when I need my single rear outlet for something else.

A hydraulic side-link would be useful sometimes. However, I only have one rear hydraulic circuit and the top-link came as part of the forks so I didn't really spend anything. I do sometimes wish for Bird's TnT, but I haven't quite been motivated to add a side-link yet. Using the side-link is really the only way to use a scraper to do things like put a new crown on a drive. Sometimes I do spend more time than I'd like hopping on and off and turning the side-leveler crank.






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 12-01-2001, 20:48 Post: 33585
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Thanks gentlemen,
I was hoping there was something out there. Bird, I have a B2410 with FEL. I used to have a B7300 and that was a bit easier to reach over the back to give the top link a twist or two in the proper direction. However with the B2410 The top link seems to be quite a bit farther away and much more difficult to adjust from the saddle. Do any of you have a manufacturer name you could toss to me.

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 12-01-2001, 21:23 Post: 33586
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Joe, it can get a little complicated trying to explain all the possiblities, but it's actually pretty simple. There are two ways you can get the hydraulic power; one is to use the power beyond port from the front end loader valve and the other is to get the optional hydraulic outlet block from Kubota (don't be surprised if your dealer doesn't know about it). I went to two different dealers and they knew it was listed in their catalog, but didn't know what it was or where it went on the tractor. It's part #6C040-9510-0 and that's what I used, so I didn't change anything at all about the origina FEL installation. You will then need an open centered valve (single spool if the top link is all you're going to do; two spool if you want top link and one side link as I have), the cylinder(s) of the right length and with the right kind of ends on them, and the hoses and fittings. Tisco, Gearmore, and Gannon are some of the manufacturers. I bought Tisco products from a Kubota dealer (the thing I don't like about Tisco is no manual, warranty paper, or any other kind of paperwork with their stuff). You might also want to call Bailey (click on the link below).






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 12-02-2001, 04:49 Post: 33589
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I have available hydraulic top & srde links & valves. Contact me at sheaftractor@coiinc.com






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