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    First time removal of H120 loader from 1025R - had problems and need advice please.

    Yesterday I removed the loader for the first time. I've had the tractor for over a year, and I wanted to use my RC2048 rotary cutter with front weights. Well, the loader came off without any drama, and the hydraulic couplers were just a little hard to hard to free up.

    Overnight the loader frame had lowered itself about a foot. It was so low I didn't have clearance to drive the tractor under it. I decided to use a pair of floor jacks and some 4x4 posts to raise it back up. I figured that once I got the hydraulics re-connected I'd use them to replace the jacks and that re-connection would be easy.

    Two hours later I was still struggling to connect the hydraulic "quick-connects." It ended up taking way more force than I'd anticipated. It didn't help that I was sitting on the floor underneath the loader frame which was balanced on two wood posts. Once I finally got the hydraulics back, the loader frame seemed like it had spread apart side to side about an inch, so I could line up one side but the other wouldn't mate. Finally, another hour and success.

    How can I keep the loader from dropping down, and is there a trick to re-connecting the hydraulics?

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    Make sure you extend the loader stand out until the locking levers flip themselves back into the locked position. Also, before disconnecting the hydraulic hoses, move the lever in all directions. This is should relieve the pressure and make it much easier next time.
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    The connectors should be a cinch unless there is pressure in the lines. In which case, they are damn near impossible to put together unless you are really ripped.

    Relieve the pressure in male connectors by using a pair of water pump pliers to depress the ball in the center of the coupler. With female connectors, use a small screwdriver to depress the valve inside. In either case, use a rag or something similar to protect your hand. A fully pressurized system (not likely in your case but safety is a habit) can be a couple thousand PSI and will inject fluid through your skin if you are not careful.

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    Happened to me the 1st time I see mine down. I was too tentative and didn't pop it up far enough. After a few times you will have no issues.
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    As said above make sure you extend the parking stand all the way when you take off the loader and make sure your bucket is flat to the ground. To reinstall the loader pull up close enough to have the hoses reach the connections points. Sometimes I have had to take the hoses out of the hose retainer clip on the loader side to reach down. Turn off the tractor and play out the joystick in all directions to release pressure on the tractor side. If you took off the loader in cooler conditions and now it is warmer you will need to release the pressure on the loader lines. I have a rag that I put around the end of the line and press it against a brick to bleed off the pressure on each of the liens one by one. Do not try and do it without covering the ends of the hoses otherwise you will have hydraulic fluid all over yourself. Not fun. Did once and learned quick. I always have had problems trying to get the yellow line connected just because of the angle. Dirt builds up behind the pull back collars on the tractor connections sometimes making it hard to mate the hoses as well. Make sure they are clear of debris.

    Good luck.
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    Ditto on getting it all then way extended. I put the bucket down flat and take the pressure off the loader frame and I clip the two green clamps then raised the arms up till the clamps snap back down. Unhook hydraulic hoses back away. To reinstall is take the male ends with a rag over them and push them on a solid surface then install them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensign View Post
    Make sure you extend the loader stand out until the locking levers flip themselves back into the locked position. Also, before disconnecting the hydraulic hoses, move the lever in all directions. This is should relieve the pressure and make it much easier next time.
    This is done after you shut off the tractor. Another thing I do is after it's disconnected I lock the joy stick so it can't be moved after starting the tractor because this will pressurize it again until you shut off the tractor and move the joy stick in every position again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensign View Post
    Make sure you extend the loader stand out until the locking levers flip themselves back into the locked position. Also, before disconnecting the hydraulic hoses, move the lever in all directions. This is should relieve the pressure and make it much easier next time.
    This needs to be done with the tractor shut down and I find it sometimes takes several cycles slowly through each direction to ensure the hydraulic pressure is down. Best of luck to you next time.
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    In addition to what everyone else has said, don't ever remove the loader without the
    bucket attached. Always leave the bucket on. I discovered that one the hard way
    with a similar result to what you had.
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