Sorry I haven't checked in for a while. I just don't get on forums all that much. Feeling like a fair weather friend (well, more of an inclement weather friend). Hope everyone in the eastern US made out ok from this storm.
So, reason I wanted to check in was on count of an odd issue. I was plowing my driveway for the first time with my 2025R. I left the 270A backhoe on for weight. (worked great in that regard). Obviously, I wasn't using the backhoe to engage the snow. I was swinging the boom from left to right on occasion so I could back up in tighter areas. Just about when I was ready to go back up to the garage, I reached back to straighten the boom and got noth'n. I heard the hydraulics, but no movement. Worse, I realized the boom was swinging free left to right. Uhg.
Once I got back up to the house, I hopped off the machine and looked at the situation. First thought was a blown cylinder..> Nope. No leaks, clean, not a thing wrong. Moved the swing arm and noted that the cylinder was moving with the whole boom . Hmm. Look around the other side under the seat area and notice the bolt/pin is gone on the rear mounting bracket area. This stinks. The good news was, all I had to do was lock the swing into transport position in order to continue snow clearing duties. The bad news is, I can't figure out how this would happen. I wasn't digging or putting any stress on this bolt. The bolt is long gone I'm sure in the snow. I did find some sort of pin/clasp that looked bend and broke. Guess I can call dealer Monday and see if I can get new parts under warranty. It's not a wear part or a shear part that I can see. Just plain old weird.
One other thing to mention, when I went to insert the other transport pin (raise/lower arm pin for lack of the technical term), it only went in half way and doesn't look like it wants to align. Almost like something is majorly bent. I'm worried as to what I might be in for on this whole experience. Everything was wonderful last time I used the 270 to engage the ground. So, can't figure out what went wrong.
Could driving the machine a lot without locking the backhoe down for transport do all this damage? If so, I might have to rethink things. I just can't see having to get off and on the machine to lock the hoe each time I want to move it to a different location. Hope that isn't deere's expectation of proper use and care.
Thanks for any feedback.