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 09-17-2001, 16:48 Post: 31856
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 Level indicator

I just installed a Koyker 160 loader on my tractor. It is a very nice loader but has no bucket level indicator. Koyker said they don't have those for small tractors. Does anyone know where I might find a level indicator to install on this loader?






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 09-17-2001, 20:46 Post: 31859
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 Level indicator

The level indicator on the Kubota I just purchased is simply a piece of angle steel welded to the bucket. When the bucket is level, so is the flat surface of the angle bracket. It has reflective tape on top of it for better visibility at night. Simple to make and attach. The rod and loop is fine as long as you can see it in the dark.






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 09-20-2001, 06:47 Post: 31901
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As Cutter noted, the angle iron seems like it might be easier to see than a rod & loop type-either would be pretty easy to make. I have a rod & loop type. To improve the visibility, I painted a stripe around the rod in a contrasting colour at the level point. On the other hand, I realize that I virtually never use my indicator now. The problem is that the bucket is level only when the tractor is level and the bucket on the ground. If you haven't noticed, it is important to realize that loaders lift in arcs, and the level changes as the bucket lifts. It's pretty easy to dump material off the back of the bucket on to the tractor or yourself if a load is picked up from the ground and lifted high--especially if driving up a hill. Loaders with self-leveling features partially solve this problem, but the bucket curl on a basic loader sometimes has to be adjusted during a lift. The 'lift in an arc' also means that it's possible to try to pick something up that's against a wall and proceed to break the wall while lifting the load. Anyway, after a little experience I didn't find the my level indicator very useful but maybe some people do work with their loaders that I don't where the indictors are helpful. When I first started using a loader, I dig divots in everything. I minimized the divots by keeping the bucket level. Now, when picking up a load from ground level, I float the bucket and adjust the angle to keep the blade a bit above the ground. When the bucket is full, I roll back the bucket and let the bucket ride up over the material while I take it out of float and apply lift to get the bucket off the ground so I can drive away. I may not get everything off the ground without resorting to a hand-shovel, but I donít dig divots either.






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