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    541 SL loader repair

    The loader on my tractor is in poor shape. It's been used hard in a caustic environment and from the looks of it, hardly been maintained. The tractor itself seems just fine, but the loader got the short end of the stick.



    I'll use this thread to track the repairs as they're made. The most obvious problem is with the bucket. One side is torn loose and bent. Upon pressure washing it, I found several places where the metal is worn through, cracking, or previously repaired cracks. I had originally considered trying to repair this bucket, but now I don't think it's worth the trouble. The metal has worn so thin over larger areas that I can push on it with my hand and flex the whole section of the bucket. Replacing all the damaged metal would essentially turn into building a new bucket. The QA top hooks have also been bent. My tentative plan for the bucket is to straighten the torn side and weld it back together, and weld up the cracks. I don't plan on replacing any metal, or trying to paint it. Instead I'll focus on finding a good used bucket, either an 85 or 73 inch.






    The next problem is immediately behind the bucket, the QA brackets on the loader. It appears that they've been broken off before, and poorly repaired with some angle iron which is broken again. The assemblies are rusted pretty badly with a few bends, but they're salvageable. At more than $500.00 apiece for replacements, that's good news! I hope to take some measurements off a new loader tomorrow, then see about repairing the brackets.









    One step back from the QA assemblies, the linkage arms and pivot pins need attention. One arm is bent, and several pins have been replaced with pins that are too small. They all look like they've never seen a grease gun.





    Overall, that's the starting point. I'll try to update as repairs are made.
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    That is one sad looking FEL Blake...but you knew that already. Can't wait to see it after you fix it up.

    One good thing, all the parts of the QA shoes are just 1/4" plate unlike the new cast ones so you could fabricate new part easily if you have to.
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    I'm tuned in...

    There's a used bucket (looks brand new) that's labeled it's off a 541 FEL at a dealership near me. I think it'd be perfect for you ever time I see it, but the shipping would double the cost of the bucket

    Good luck fixing it up! If you need any pictures of the loader let me know
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martian View Post
    I'm tuned in...

    There's a used bucket (looks brand new) that's labeled it's off a 541 FEL at a dealership near me. I think it'd be perfect for you ever time I see it, but the shipping would double the cost of the bucket

    Good luck fixing it up! If you need any pictures of the loader let me know
    Actually, I could use your help on a few things. What size bucket are you running? I know we have slightly different tractors, but not by much. The 85" seems to fit the tractor well, plenty of room to cover outside the tires. However, my dealer said they typically recommend the 73" bucket for these tractors. It would reach outside the tires, but only by a couple of inches- and I don't have my tires set wide.

    Second, if you get time I could use some measurements. I need to know the diameter of the holes where the bucket pins on. I measured somewhere around 1 1/4 to 1 5/16, but I would like to nail down an exact size. I'm either going to have to buy a cutter for those holes, or have them cut at my steel supplier. I don't want to go larger than necessary, but going to small will mean having to buy a second cutter or pay to have them enlarged. I also need to know the distance between the center of the lower, bucket pin hole to the top of the tractor side QA bracket that sits inside the hook on the bucket.

    If you look at the diagram from JD parts, I would be very appreciative if you could measure the diameter of pins #7 and #9. I intend to make those pins, but I'm not sure my loader is in good enough condition to use as a reliable measurement.

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    Got the measurements. I think this is what you were talking about, if you need anything else or want me to double check something, let me know

    I do have the 73" bucket. Barely covers the outside of the tracks, and I think that's the ideal set-up. Gives you more breakout force since it's in the smaller area and makes it easier to dig. For general purpose, I'd go with the 73", for light duty/high volume (like the PO who used it to clear chicken manure IIRC) than the 85" is better.

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    Pinhole looks to be 1 5/16

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    From the center of the hole to the top was 18", bottom was 17" making the middle 17.5"

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    #7/9 was 1"

    Let me know if you need anything else
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    That is exactly what I needed, thanks!

    I don't think I have any 1" in stock, but I think I have everything else I need. Stay tuned for updates!
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    My pleasure. Can't wait to see the final product!
    2005 Deere 110 TLB - 3rd function loader, 3 rear remotes, thumb, top n tilt
    2000 Deere 5410 - 541 SL loader, 2 rear remotes, canopy
    2005 Deere Diesel HPX Gator - homemade cab, snow plow, hydraulic dump
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martian View Post
    Can't wait to see the final product!
    Me either!
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    No pictures yet, it got dark on me. I've been working on this though. I got the bucket straightened somewhat and welded back together, I wound up having to put a 2x6" patch piece along the inside, up against the side of the bucket. Everywhere I touched to clean it with a wire wheel, I found cracks. The bucket probably wasn't worth the time I spent working on it. It looks slightly less wrecked though!

    I have the stock to make the pins I need, and had planned to do that today. I got tied up with some other projects, then the bandsaw decided not to work. Bad start capacitor. I'm hoping to get the pins cut and drilled tomorrow, probably won't install them until I get the smaller pins to hold them in place.
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    You can check specifications on a lot of parts on JDparts.com. The pins diameters are 25mm or .984" (not that 0.016" bigger will hurt)
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