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Topic: Weak front end loader
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Stephen Ruark

06-21-2014 20:31:16

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I have just bought a MF 1040 with a front end loader. The lift cylinders won't pick the front wheels off the ground but the bucket cylinders are pretty strong. Can anyone tell me if their is anything I can do to get more lifting power?

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08-14-2014 06:10:21

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Easiest check for me would be to load the bucket full of dirt or rocks and lift it up to say 3-4' off the ground and turn the engine off. Let it sit for several hours and see if it drifts down. If so, redo your lift cylinders packing. The fact that the tilt is strong alludes to the fact that they are weak. However, there isn't the same forces involved in tilting the bucket as lifting the bucket. Don't have the feet nor the pounds to fight.

Second and more complicated is get a 0-5000 oil filled gauge, about $30 around here and plumb into your hydraulic feed. Ought to get around 2500 psig when lifting that bucket of whatever. If not, check the pump.

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