So doing the full round of spring maintenance today at 800 hours on my 1026, I ran into some issues.
First is, I was going to replace a ripped rubber boot that's over the front drive shaft connection. There's a snap ring, decent sized one. I broke my apparently cheap snap ring pliers, and I'm not even sure they were going to be able to open wide enough to get it off. So am I correct that I need to remove this snap ring, then I can slide the shaft back and slide on my new boot? Any snap ring pliers purchase advice that are decent quality and can actually open enough for this?
Secondly, the allen head bolt is a pain to remove to get the magnet screen out. Especially with my backhoe subframe. The issue is having your tiny little allen wrench stay in the shallow hole, enough leverage, etc etc. I ended up just clamping vise grips down really hard and turning it that way. Pretty sure I stripped the allen into a nice circle too while trying.
Lastly while removing the hydraulic filter I noticed something broken on my mid mount pto bracket thingy. I've attached a pic. How crucial/serious do you think this is?