OLD TIRED CDN. MECHANIC
A very valid point Bob, one that I practice myself, but neglected to mention.Unfortunately, I was not forced to behave. I figure out a way of doing it anyway. The steering box on my MF1655 needs a complete rebuild at about 1000 hours and is now overdue for its second rebuild. Steering with a heavy payload now means stopping, dropping the bucket (or payload) to the ground, turning the wheel, and lifting the bucket up before proceeding.
It is so much easier to spin the steering wheel when the front tires are lifted off the ground. Yep even easier than PS.:tango_face_smile:
This summer is now my 5th with the loader and no idea how many hours I have put on it, but a lot. I have crushed one set of front wheel bearings, scoring the spindle and on a different occassion, outright snapped the spindle on the other side. All of course were 40 yr old parts. But considering it has moved about ten tandem loads of soil, a triaxle load of gravel, dug up at least 40 dead cedar trees and dug a hole deep enough to bury our horse in frozen ground, I'd say it earned its' keep.
The Ross steering box had about a 1/4 turn of play when I got it and is now about a 1/2 turn. All the same it is still straight as an arrow.... well almost.... going up the driveway pushing snow. These were tough old machines.:thThumbsU
So how's things in the great white north Bob? Hope you are getting at least some rain as things are getting pretty scary in the interior of BC. The smoke is even blocking out the sun on Vancouver Island where I have family.