Thanks for the info! As it turns out, I finally found a tiny sticker on my loader that says its a Model 14! No indication of type, but at least now I have a starting point. If anyone comes across an owner's manual, I would greatly appreciate it.
In particular, I am trying to find info about how one is SUPPOSED to add hydraulic fluid to this loader. There appears to be an air bleeder on the top of the frame reservoir, but its very difficult to access with a wrench because of how it is installed. When I had a broken line earlier in the year, I ended up disconnecting the vertical return line parallel to the reservoir and using a funnel to fill it. It seems like there has to be a better way! Also, how full do you fill it?
That's the way to fill it. Remove that vent and add fluid. Make sure all the cylinders are in the down postion (retracted) or you'll have a geyser when you start it up and move the levers!
What fluid are useing? Hy-Trans or ATF? Either will work.
Just fill it to an inch or two below vent plug. If you don't mind a little spillage fill up to the vent and install the vent plug. Cycle the loader a few times and it will release any excess fluid. It's a little sloppy but it works.
Johnson Loader Hydraulic Fluid Model 14 from HT-20
I decided to try your advice to see if I could get that air vent off the vertical tube. It is nestled SOOOO tightly in there that I don't see how I could get a wrench on it. With the air cap blocking access from above, I am curious what they had in mind for trying to fill the darn thing! What am I missing?
Accordingly, I disconnected the low pressure line that runs parallel (vertical) to the frame reservoir. I was about to fill it with hydraulic fluid, when I noticed that there was a little back-seepage and what-do-you-know it was pink! Am I correct in thinking that means that I have ATF fluid in this loader? And that I incorrectly put a pint of hydraulic fluid in when my lines broke earlier in the year? Do I HAVE to drain the lines and put in ATF now that I have a little hydraulic fluid in there as well? I am still down between 1 and 2 pints, I think; can I just add ATF now?
Minds greater than my own must know the answer to these questions...
I would just drain it all out and start over. I don't think there is any harm in what you have though. But it can't hurt to have all clean fluid in there. Pick either HY-Trans or ATF and stick with it.
And yes that vent cap is how you fill it. Just grab it with a cobra pliers or vise-grips and rip it off if you have to. A new one will run anywhere from $3-$10 depending on where you get it. And at least you'll know it's venting properly.
owners manual for Johnson Loader contact the ARPS company in wisconsin They will have a manual for your loader since they are the parent company of johnson loaders. Here is there phone number (920)894-7013 :smilie_fl
Thanks for the suggestion! It took a little more homework, but following your suggestion I pursued trying to locate ARPS corp and a working phone number.
This is what I found out:
1. ARPS was acquired / became Amerequip Corporation, still in New Holstein, Wisconson. The telephone number is different: (920) 894-7063. I was surpised to get a live person when I called out of curiosity at 9:30 est, and was directed to call back during regular business hours by a very pleasant person. At least the company is still in existence!
2. The web-site is www.Amerequip.com. I am emailing them regarding the info I am looking for, and will let the forum know if I am lucky enough to be successful!