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I'm on the FB Cub 3000 group. There was some discussion on making 3000 series hydraulic lines. Someone said a good hydraulic shop could make them and I asked him if they had a source for forming the proprietary ends MTD used on the 3000s.

He said these guys can form the ends. I haven't verified that but it looks like they do a lot of custom hydraulic fab/swaging work.

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If there's clearance around where the lines go, if a (effectively) custom end is affordable, maybe consider a custom fitting instead, with one end being the propriety thingamabob, and the other end being a standard connection, so you just install the custom fitting once, and then you use a hydraulic hose with a standard fitting on the end.
 

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If there's clearance around where the lines go, if a (effectively) custom end is affordable, maybe consider a custom fitting instead, with one end being the propriety thingamabob, and the other end being a standard connection, so you just install the custom fitting once, and then you use a hydraulic hose with a standard fitting on the end.
It's tighter than Dick's hatband in there. I had thought of using the 8" long deck lift cylinder hoses before and adapting the o-ring boss fittings but ended up cutting the proprietary fittings out and having my hydraulic shop crimp them in hoses for me.

This option is nice if they can do it because you could order complete hoses and have them shipped to you.

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Someone made some by modifying a fuel line crimper on the FB 3000 group. I gave up on that idea due to the tight quarters involved.
 

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