Ran my 1026r FEL for 4 hours yesterday removing about 10" deep of soil for a large brick patio. This was the most FEL work since I got the tractor and only have 13 hours on it.
My limited experience question; when I dump the bucket of removed dirt and then move a bit forward, drop the bucket edge down to drag the dirt pile back and smooth the soil, the bucket does not stay in position. It rotates up and is not locked in the curl position. The only way it seems to work is to put the FEL lift hyd. lever all the forward in the recycle mode and drag that back, yet the bucket still rotates quite a bit. The bucket curl acts like it is on a spring versus hydraulic pressure.
Is this expected behavior or should the hydraulics lock the curl in the desired position?
All in all it was a good day and enjoyed the power of this amazing machine.