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 10-04-2005, 17:08 Post: 117365
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I purchased a 3120 with a FEL and was wondering if more experienced hands might give me some direction. I mainly use the tractor for mowing but do have some dirt to move. The deere website makes taking a loader on and off look too easy. I tried and chickened out halfway in between because I was afraid to be stuck with a detached FEL on my driveway. I was wondering if folks typically take off the FELs or usually leave them on. Most of my neighbors who have Kubotas leave them on all the time. It looks like it would be hard to get the loader on right if you took it totally off since it has to be hooked onto the weight bar at the front. I havn't tried it yet, but the RFM looks easy to get on and off, the FEL looks to be a challenge. I only have 8 hours on the tractor thus far, so am somewhat far down on the learning curve. Thanks for any advice

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 10-04-2005, 17:21 Post: 117368
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 Loader Hooking Up and Unhooking

I have a belly mower on a Kubota with quick release FEL. I was lazy and wanted to mow the lawn with it on so I could move some dirt later. With that set up I tried mowing a side hill that I mow regularly and felt real uncomfortable. So I took it off.

With your RFM I thnk you will probably be OK with the loader on, unless you don't like the visibility and or long length you will have.

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 10-04-2005, 17:37 Post: 117369
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 Loader Hooking Up and Unhooking

If you drop it on a level area it is a snap. The toughest part is reconnecting the lines on my 955. I would mow all the time with the 750 and the FEL, but remove it to mow with the 955. Once you get accustomed to it, it takes about 2 minutes to drop and maybe 5 max to reconnect.






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 10-05-2005, 03:38 Post: 117395
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 Loader Hooking Up and Unhooking

Go out in the back yard where you do not have an audiance. The biggest obstical is pressure in the lines. The connectors are close together and big hands seem to be an issue, mabe its the arthritius also. Mine comes off for mowing all the time. I try to keep tractor as light as possible so the steers do not scuff up the manicured look Wink yeah right of my yard. Actually it for clearance mowing around stuff.

The worst problem I've had so far is one of the lines bleed down while the loader was off and I could not get back under it. It was in a tight spot, I ended up dragging it out in the open where I could get beside it hook up the hoses and git it back in the air so I could get under it.






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 10-05-2005, 06:38 Post: 117401
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Appreciate the great advice. The length is an issue mowing in corners plus visibility mowing at night since the FEL struts block the headlights. I think my problem was everybody watching me fumble around and I put the bucket on a short pallet to keep it from scuffing up the concrete driveway. I'll give it another shot when I have more time.






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 10-05-2005, 06:53 Post: 117403
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 Loader Hooking Up and Unhooking

Another simpler option that may be helpful would be to just drop the bucket off. The bucket is real easy to drop off by just pulling a few release pins. This won't do a great deal about the added weight of the FEL but should reduce your overall length. I agree that the tractor is much more manueverable and much less top heavy on slopes with the FEL removed. With practice, I think you will become more comfortable with removing and installing it. For the most part, I find that I leave my FEL on while cutting as I end up using it to push bush, rocks, and small trees out of the way. Ideally, I would like to be able to leave it off as it sure does make the tractor much more adept at maneuvering in tight spaces and weight distribution is much better.






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 10-05-2005, 08:06 Post: 117405
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 Loader Hooking Up and Unhooking

2ndHandLion is on to a very good point.

That's what we do most of the time, in fact I rarely have the bucket on the FEL at home unless I'm actually using it.

The vast majority of the time I use the FEL only as a 'strong back' and so just leave my utility plate on the machine. It doesn't block the lights or visibility as much as a bucket does. It can be seen in my pictures.

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 10-05-2005, 08:25 Post: 117406
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Thanks for the great advice. I looked at some of the posts here and you all have a lot of great tips on tractoring, especially safety issues. The not so little tractors are fun, but I can see where they can get to be really dangerous if you aren't watching where you are going and what you are doing.






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 10-05-2005, 08:45 Post: 117408
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I have a Case IH DX33 and depending on what I am doing, I may take the loader off once or twice a day. It takes 2-3 minutes to remove and about the same to reinstall.






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 10-05-2005, 09:17 Post: 117412
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I would second what 2ndHandLion and Murf have said. I also, leave the arms on, but drop the bucket off for mowing. Not having the weight of the bucket hanging out there makes a big difference.






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