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    Hydraulic Lines Safe and Tidy -- 1025R

    I'd been looking for something reusable to get my hydraulic lines under control. The 2 metal rings mounted on the tractor are not sufficient to keep the lines away from the front right tire during tight turns. When the snow blower is installed and the MMM has been removed, there are 3 extra lines beyond the 4 lines plugged in that must be managed. Two of these are for the front quick-hitch angling, which is not used with the blower. The 3rd extra line is the hydraulic lift for the MMM (with the grey cap in the photos). Without something to control them, the extra lines and the caps can end up dragging on the ground.

    I found a product called Gear Ties at Ace Hardware (also saw them on Amazon). I like these because there are no sharp edges on them, the ridged rubber coating provides adequate padding, they stay where you bend them, and they are easily reusable. I bought two 32-inch Gear Ties and two 24 inch Gear Ties. I still need one more at the snow blower itself (last picture) to get the lines tied down at that point.

    If anybody has been using these Gear Ties for a while and has comments on durability and reliability, please share that with me.

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    Very nice! I'll have to pick a few of these up to have on hand.

    I don't know why these newer tractors are like this, but it drives me nuts when I see pics with the hydraulic protective caps dandling below the tractor. Must be a newer design as all I have to do on my 2520 is connect them to themselves above the hydraulic connections and they stay put nicely.

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    I recently bought a used 2305 that is missing caps and I'd like to replace them. Question - when I remove the fitting at the end of the hydraulic line, will the fluid come running out? IPlan on changing the hydraulic fluid soon - should I just do it then? Are the fittings easy to get off? I too am trying to tidy up my lines. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Must be a newer design as all I have to do on my 2520 is connect them to themselves above the hydraulic connections and they stay put nicely.
    The newer dust caps are made out of very thin material such that they do not stay snapped together very well. That combined with even the slightest hydraulic oil film usually results in them dangling loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Cat View Post
    I recently bought a used 2305 that is missing caps and I'd like to replace them. Question - when I remove the fitting at the end of the hydraulic line, will the fluid come running out? IPlan on changing the hydraulic fluid soon - should I just do it then? Are the fittings easy to get off? I too am trying to tidy up my lines. Thanks
    The looped ends of the dust caps are slotted such that you should not have to remove your quick couplers to install them. They should just slip over the fittings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keane View Post
    I'd been looking for something reusable to get my hydraulic lines under control. The 2 metal rings mounted on the tractor are not sufficient to keep the lines away from the front right tire during tight turns. When the snow blower is installed and the MMM has been removed, there are 3 extra lines beyond the 4 lines plugged in that must be managed. Two of these are for the front quick-hitch angling, which is not used with the blower. The 3rd extra line is the hydraulic lift for the MMM (with the grey cap in the photos). Without something to control them, the extra lines and the caps can end up dragging on the ground.

    I found a product called Gear Ties at Ace Hardware (also saw them on Amazon). I like these because there are no sharp edges on them, the ridged rubber coating provides adequate padding, they stay where you bend them, and they are easily reusable. I bought two 32-inch Gear Ties and two 24 inch Gear Ties. I still need one more at the snow blower itself (last picture) to get the lines tied down at that point.

    If anybody has been using these Gear Ties for a while and has comments on durability and reliability, please share that with me.

    Keane
    I have two of these ,they are great , I'm always using them to take a long handle shovel or weed eater just about anything hanging them on the ROPS.
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    We have a Red Honda Pioneer 700-4 (4 seater) w/soft top , doors, and winch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Very nice! I'll have to pick a few of these up to have on hand.

    I don't know why these newer tractors are like this, but it drives me nuts when I see pics with the hydraulic protective caps dandling below the tractor. Must be a newer design as all I have to do on my 2520 is connect them to themselves above the hydraulic connections and they stay put nicely.

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    I hate the new caps they are using . CHEAPEST PIECES of S_ _T the designers or how ever could come up with. Maybe 1 of the 4 will stay connected for a week MAYBE.

    My guess who ever decided to go with these new caps has never used them.

    Oh the older sets would stay together all summer..not the new ones. Worst thing is they want about $40 to buy the old type I guess a can of break cleaner and a old rag cleans up the mess.
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    We have a Red Honda Pioneer 700-4 (4 seater) w/soft top , doors, and winch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Very nice! I'll have to pick a few of these up to have on hand.
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    I have found that velcro works well. I bought a roll of Velcro One Wrap at Lowes. It is 30' long and 1 1/2" wide. I cut it to the length I need and it has kept those hoses where I want them....and it is easily removed.
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    Great item! I just went on Ebay and got two 32" and two 24s for 15.30 shipped and no tax
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