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    1025r Can't Lift my Ballast Box Anymore


    Hello all. I have a 2018 TLB 1025. Haven't used my ballast box in a while, but needed to move it today. I put my three point stuff and imatch back on, backed up to the box, and uhh. Nothing. Not strong enough to lift it. The arms go up and down, and it lifts the mower deck no problem but?? I had no problem lifting this last winter when the machine was new. Box weighs approx. 500lbs.
    I have the knob under the seat open, but it's no good.
    I did all my fluids and filters along with the transaxle screen at 60hrs, now have about 120hrs.
    I have noticed in the last few months that the mower deck will not really stay up on its own anymore. The height lever likes to quickly drop.
    Don't know what gives. Rock shaft valve? Hydraulic pump? don't know.
    Thanks, George

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    Quote Originally Posted by olgreyhair View Post
    Hello all. I have a 2018 TLB 1025. Haven't used my ballast box in a while, but needed to move it today. I put my three point stuff and imatch back on, backed up to the box, and uhh. Nothing. Not strong enough to lift it. The arms go up and down, and it lifts the mower deck no problem but?? I had no problem lifting this last winter when the machine was new. Box weighs approx. 500lbs.
    I have the knob under the seat open, but it's no good.
    I did all my fluids and filters along with the transaxle screen at 60hrs, now have about 120hrs.
    I have noticed in the last few months that the mower deck will not really stay up on its own anymore. The height lever likes to quickly drop.
    Don't know what gives. Rock shaft valve? Hydraulic pump? don't know.
    Thanks, George
    Are you quite certain you put the suction screen in the right direction?
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    Any weird noises? Fluid level ok?

    You can tighten the friction washers at the base of the rockshaft lever to get the lever to stay in position. There are several threads here about that.
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    Doesn't the 1 series have reversible lift arms?

    One direction lifts higher, the other lifts more weight....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    Doesn't the 1 series have reversible lift arms?

    One direction lifts higher, the other lifts more weight....
    This could be a good possibility^^^^

    It's not that noticeable, but they are reversible.
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    Something's not right. The 3 pt should be able to lift a 500# ballast box no matter which way the lift arms are. Granted, one way will lift higher than the other but it still should lift it.

    The suction screen getting plugged is more likely than it being installed in a wrong direction, as it only goes together one way. One end of the screen is open, the other end is closed off, so it can only fit on one way. Might be plugged with residual sealant that may not have been removed during the trans service at 60 hrs.

    Olgreyhair, how's the front loader functioning? Have you noticed any diminished function controls? Or any problems with the transmission? ie, speed, 4wd, noises, etc.? Asking because the hydro pump will affect all the hydraulics, not just the 3 pt.

    Others might have better questions and suggestions also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylew View Post
    The suction screen getting plugged is more likely than it being installed in a wrong direction, as it only goes together one way. One end of the screen is open, the other end is closed off, so it can only fit on one way. Might be plugged with residual sealant that may not have been removed during the trans service at 60 hrs.


    Others might have better questions and suggestions also.
    Somebody says they did it according to this post I copy and pasted:

    "Finally got around to my 200 hour service (@ 243 hours!). Did that and my yearly service, changing fuel filters etc. Had a rough go at it. Got in a zone and wasn't paying attention and overfilled the hydro. So had to pull the drain plug to let some oil out. Then once I got it down to a reasonable level, I fired it up and the hydraulics weren't working. About a minute later I realized I had a dumba## moment and installed the suction screen backwards. Had to run to the parts store and get a new drain pan so I could drain the fresh hydro fluid out and re-use it so I wouldn't have to wait until tomorrow and get more at the dealer."

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    Unplug the Power Beyond hose that would feed the backhoe, clean both connectors and then plug them together again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Unplug the Power Beyond hose that would feed the backhoe, clean both connectors and then plug them together again.
    Yep, that will keep it from working. Had that happen several times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Unplug the Power Beyond hose that would feed the backhoe, clean both connectors and then plug them together again.
    Had that happen with my FEL...couldn’t lift the front end all of a sudden. Thanks to GTT, I unplugged and replugged all the FEL hydraulic hoses and everything worked fine. Not sure which one was loose, but obviously one of them was.

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