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Old 02-22-2010, 04:07 PM   post #1 of 14
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I bought a new 2305 with the 260 BH. My question is about the hoe "bleeding" down over night. The boom part of the hoe will drop a good 3-4 inches over night and the bucket drops some too. Maybe an inch for the bucket. I've been putting the transportation pin in when I'm not using it to keep the boom from dropping. Just wondering if this is normal or should I be making a call to the dealer? The hoe seems to be working fine as I've dug up many stumps so far. Been a great machine for me, except for the crappy design of the seat. Thanks for any input!
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mine "relaxes" also
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:45 PM   post #3 of 14
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All of mine do the same, I noticed the arm on the left side drops a bit also. Deere at least here will do a test at no charge which I had done on the 2520 but it was within specs. whatever that means, anyhow I have three backhoe's 2305, 2520 & 2720, they all bleed off.
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mine will bleed too
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:07 PM   post #5 of 14
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Mine Bleeds also.
I always set my FEL down to the ground after I turn off the tractor (when I am done for the day) but noticed that the BH will "loosen" while driving it around without the pins in place.

Never really thought much of it since both the FEL and BH work great when I am using it.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:15 PM   post #6 of 14
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If I remember right, they will "bleed" when not under pressure for a certain amount of time, ie: motor not running. This is why you have traveling pins. Now if it happens while running and not under heavy load you have a serious problem. John

P.S. Never trust the hyd's to hold anything while working on tractor, blocks or some form of support must be used before working on or around tractor, also good idea to release pressure on system too.

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Mine bleeds also and yes the crappy seat design.!!!!
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Questionable seat design aside... my back hoe will also bleed down. I always keep the locking pin in when not in use. Speaking of the 260 BH... mine saved my butt a week ago when I got stuck in a snow bank a little too close to a small creek. The backend was loosing the battle to stay out of the creek and I was stuck bad and by myself. The 2305 was leaning towards the creek and was about to turn over so I could no longer sit on the seat. I was able to to stand to the back side of the BH and operate it gently and after about 15 minutes I was able to inch the rear end little by little away from the creek and eventually got it turned 45 degrees and got it out. I was a happy camper and went right back to plowing snow. I was smiling but was very thankful I didn't end up in that cold creek with the 2305 on top of me.
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They all will bleed, perfectly normal.
Glad everything turned out okay for you Rodney! I had a similar situation happen to me around my pond only no snow.
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They all will bleed, perfectly normal.
Glad everything turned out okay for you Rodney! I had a simular situation around my pond only no snow.
Sounds like you two need the h2o outrigger option
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Sounds like you two need the h2o outrigger option
he needs some pontoon's
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Mine also does bleed down over night. Due to space constraints in my garage I leave the travel pins in and nothing next to the outriggers.
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Thanks for all the responses. I won't worry about it anymore! I'll just leave the pin in when not in use.
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Mine also does bleed down over night. Due to space constraints in my garage I leave the travel pins in and nothing next to the outriggers.
put a strap from one out rigger to the other to prevent them falling...
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