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    1026R Bucket Level Indicator

    How do you read this? Should the bucket be level when the bend in the rod sits in the eyelet?
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    Yup that's it.
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    So if the bucket is in a fully curled position (towards the operator) and not level on the ground, and the rod is in the position described above, I assume it needs to be adjusted and was never done so from the dealer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones View Post
    So if the bucket is in a fully curled position (towards the operator) and not level on the ground, and the rod is in the position described above, I assume it needs to be adjusted and was never done so from the dealer?
    Set your tractor on flat ground. Place the bucket flat on the ground and adjust the rod so the bend lays right on the eyelet. The top of the bucket is also parallel to the bottom o the bucket.


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    The advice above regarding setting it up on a flat surface is absolutely correct. My tip is as follows: if you find your bucket works at particular angles ( for example, the bucket angle used when digging) take a permanent marker and mark a circle the bucket level indicator rod to make it easier to return the bucket to the same angle every time. That way, when you curl the bucket and the mark passes through the eye, you're there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gngyoung View Post
    The advice above regarding setting it up on a flat surface is absolutely correct. My tip is as follows: if you find your bucket works at particular angles ( for example, the bucket angle used when digging) take a permanent marker and mark a circle the bucket level indicator rod to make it easier to return the bucket to the same angle every time. That way, when you curl the bucket and the mark passes through the eye, you're there!
    I think it was KHOP who did something similar with colored tape. He marked his indicator for his forks since they attach at a different angle than the bucket. What a great idea.
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    Marking Tape

    Yeah Diesel, that was me, and by the way, It has worked great for me. Now I will put a different color on the indicator rod to show where my grapple forks are at level too. For those who say it will wear off with use,( easy and cheap to replace), it depends on how good the tape is. Worn tape = seat time!!
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    My level indicator was set up right, but it is an easy adjustment if needed. I find the level indiator very useful whenever using the bucket, I like it. The tape idea is good, I'll have to do that.
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    Thanks for the tips everyone.
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    Are you guys sure about this? On my 2520 it seems like the bucket is level when the top flat part of the rod is level, and has no relation to any bends or eyelets. I'm not sure of the differences between the 200CX loader and the one on the 1026r.
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