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 10-02-2003, 19:25 Post: 65337
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 level indicator on FEL

Hello again,
I have just purchased a new L3830 with the la723 FEL. After put 20 hrs of play time on it, I still trying to figure out the level indicator rod. Could anyone tell me how this is suppose to help me? I new so looking at the rod doesn't tell me anything.
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 10-02-2003, 19:33 Post: 65338
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Did your dealer paint a stripe on it? It's supposed to have a painted area on the tip of the rod - when the painted stripe is even with the top of the tube then the bucket is level. If yours doesn't have the stripe it's easy enough to do - just park the tractor on level ground, tilt the bucket until it's level, then paint the stripe flush with the outer tube. Some people just cut the rod off so it's flush with the end of the tube when the bucket is level.






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 10-02-2003, 19:41 Post: 65339
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 level indicator on FEL

Just to add on to Ken...... a cement slab is really nice to do this on. Make sure all four wheels are on the slab and rest the bucket on the slab in a level attitude.

There are several ways to calibrate the rod. As ken said, paint it or cut it flush, but you can also score it with a file or drill a small hole and fill the area cut or drilled with contrasting paint.






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 10-02-2003, 20:33 Post: 65349
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 level indicator on FEL

My bucket level indicator has about 6" of rod sticking out of the tube when the bucket is level. The dealer painted the portion sticking out bright John Deere Yellow. Works great. Ken and Mark nailed it.






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 10-03-2003, 06:42 Post: 65369
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WE've been doing paint stripes from both ways to give you a good idea as to how close you are.






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 10-03-2003, 08:08 Post: 65384
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I'll be odd man out here. I have a level indicator and never use it. Well, I really can't see it and maybe I'd get some use from it if I painted the stripe.

What I find is that knowing the bucket is level with respect to level ground doesn't do me much good since the tractor usually isn't operating on level ground. I depend on feel. I ease into something and the bucket either feels right or it doesn't. Besides, a level bucket isn't level if the lift height changes without self-levellign. I really don't know why I need an indicator but maybe I've been missing something and will learn a thing or two.






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 10-03-2003, 11:47 Post: 65426
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I don't have enough experience yet to have developed a "feel" for the bucket. The indicator has been very useful for scooping when the bucket can't be seen.






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 level indicator on FEL

In the beginning I didn't originally have a level indicator on my FEL, and since I had never operated one before, I kept leaning over the side to look at the bucket angle. About half the time I'd take enough pressure off the seat, that the engine would shut-off. So I installed the level indicator to help me through this learning period, ‘til I gained the experience and “feel” of the bucket (and to keep me in the seat). I never took the time to paint the tip, I just know that with the rod about 3” through the tube, it’s level. I find now that I only use it a fraction of the time than I did at first, (but I still look at it occasionally).






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 10-03-2003, 15:10 Post: 65446
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 level indicator on FEL

Another good way to do it is to leave the rod a little long and just paint it one solid colour, then put the markings in the loader arm next to the rod.

If you do this, and then put a series of marks along the arm and identify them you can tell at aglance not only when the bucket is level but also when and how far the bucket is past level in both directions. This is particularly useful for tasks like shaping or back-dragging where you want to know the position of the bucket when it is NOT level also.

The benefit of this method is you can get an idea how far BELOW level it is, when scooping up material a slightly down-turned bucket is often more effective.

Best of luck.






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 10-03-2003, 22:28 Post: 65498
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What I have done to my FEL's, has been mentioned - plant the bucket on a hard level surface and cut the rod off at the same height/length as the top of the tube. I prefer this method over a paint mark or notch mark, as I do much loader work in the dark. As TomG pointed out, I believe we all feel our work after a period of time on the units, however as darkness falls upon us, a shadow will set on the tube/rod assembly rendering little visibility in the dark. By using the "cut the rod" method, this shadow that has developed by the headlights, is quite sufficient to accentuate the leveling process. (Yes...One could call me the "moonlight contractor", Laughing out loud)

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