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4wanderingeyes

5 year old buck +
I have rebuilt cylinders before, but I learned I can pay someone to do it, I drop it off, and go pick it up the next day, usually about $75 labor, and I am confident it is done correctly.
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
I wonder if it is location dependent. My neighbor is in construction. He says there is a hydraulic shop in are area and they do very good work and are fast but are quite expensive. He has rebuilt cylinders before and didn't seem to think it would be a problem. Given that, I wanted to do it for the learning experience and I'm glad I did. After all the parts were in and with free labor, I saved about $700 over a new cylinder.
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
Well, I took it over and tried to install it on the 35G today. The hydraulics worked fine, I I realized we forgot to transfer the bushing from the end of the rod. I headed back to my neighbors. It was really gunked up, but eventually we got it out. It is held in with two spring clips. I hope it is easier to reinstall on the new rod and that I can do it without having to pull the cylinder again.
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
I decided to pull the cylinder again this morning and clean up the bushing on the other end, now that I know how they work. I then reinstalled the spring clip in the opening and pounded the bushing back into place. I replaced the second spring clip and I was done. I reinstalled it on the machine and everything is working great now!
 

SD51555

5 year old buck +
Jack, this thread is woefully under capacity on pics.
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
Jack, this thread is woefully under capacity on pics.

Yes, you're right. I've got so many balls in the air, I didn't take time to take pics. There are a few pics of the machine when we put the culvert pipe in. Once I'm done with this section of the road, I hope to take a video before the loggers arrive since the contract will require them to repair to the same condition. I will post a link of that when the time comes. Right now, I'm trying to do the power at the Meadow (retirement property), working on the logging roads at the farm, doing projects for my wife and working 3/4 time. I'm trying to get my new smokeless muzzloader setup and sighted in (still waiting on hunting bullets). I just heard my new burris ranging crossbow scope (Oracle) arrived, so I'll need to get that installed and set up. I'll try to do more pics as those projects come up. On top of all that, we are headed to South Dakota later this week for a family get together. :emoji_smile:
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
Well, I really screwed the pooch yesterday! When backing the 3http://www.yotechs.com/YotechsPhotoServer/UserUploads/111dcd1a-c90d-4405-806b-11c055cd7122/356b9f16-a784-4c68-b8e0-8d909a193f23.jpg5G under my barn overhang, I forgot to lower to boom. I was looking behind me as I backed in. It was too late when the boom hit the overhang. The barn builder can't get out till April, so I'll have to do a temporary patch. It was ugly!

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OUCH!
 

Tree Spud

5 year old buck +
WOW! You really did it. We've all had that "Oh Shit" learning moment :emoji_fearful:
 

WeedyJ

5 year old buck +
Are you sure I wasn't the driver??? Glad I'm not the only one...
 

MRBB

5 year old buck +
OOP's things happen
we are not all perfect and at least what happened looks more like a easy fix, than anything structural being damaged there!

and if you like I don't have pictures, but I can share a like story

I was working on a skid steer at my one property, have a 3 sided building I keep it in

had the boom locked in the UP position
it started raining, so, I tried to hurry up start and drive into the building, and just forgot the boom was UP,
and that was when I found out when the boom is up, its exactly 2 inches taller than the roof opening into the building!

All I did was crack one roof rafter, but that was only due to I stopped as soon as I touched it, other wise, could have been a BIG OOOP"S
these pieces of equipment are pretty powerful things that can destroy stuff with little effort

things like things, IMO< teach you lessons you don't forget so fast! as I gather you'll remember to not do this again, just like I did! HAHA!
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
I well knew that I had to lower that boom. I've parked it there about 20 time, always remembering to lower the boom. What I learned was that as I'm getting older, it is easier and easier to forget. It is easier to flatten the boom when it is opposite the blade, but that means I'm looking backwards as I back in. In the future, I'll just pull in forward.

Fortunately, there was nothing structural damaged. It was the pretty cosmetic covering of the overhang eave that got destroyed. It did rip a little siding off the barn. I got up there today. I just used some great stuff spray in foam to cover the exposed wood to keep water from getting in until the contractor can get back out here next spring. I think I'll have him add a second overhang to the opposite side and one over one of the overhead doors while he is out here.

Nobody got hurt which makes it a good day regardless of the damage! I'm counting my blessings!
 

Tree Spud

5 year old buck +
I took out the side seal trim on my garage door with the disk as I was watching the overhead door.

Always wondered if it was wider then my rear tractor wheels... it is :emoji_wink:
 
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