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What is a 3rd arm? Are you talking about the 3 point hitch lift link with the adjustable turnbuckle? To be blunt, the only way that is getting bent is mishandling equipment. Usually the result of backing up into something.
 

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Raising 3 point with the ROPS down is sometimes the culprit.
 
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My guess is if you have a bent 3 PH link you know what caused it to bend. I don't think I've ever seen one that I recall. I have seen the adjustable links bend. Like P2P said, you would have had to back into something, hard, to bend a lift link.
 

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Raising 3 point with the ROPS down is sometimes the culprit.
Yup - that's how mine bent - over extended and raised into three point.

I did wack the old one straightish with a sledge and it was ok but the link was inexpensive so I just replaced as part of getting ready for snow and putting suitcase weights.

Didn't bend the bar itself - just the threaded eye piece - if I could have bought that alone would have been good to go.
 

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Maybe he's talking about the top link.
 

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Maybe he's talking about the top link.
If he's talking about the adjustable top link, that is definitely what would get bent by lifting with the ROPS folded down.
 

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If he's talking about the adjustable top link, that is definitely what would get bent by lifting with the ROPS folded down.
That's what I'm thinking.
 

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Thanks to all. My child just owned up to the problem. While operating the bush hog with the rops laid down. I grew up farming (but could not survive the 80's and peaNut carter) and think or thought that john out-engineered the competition by one generation until this stupid rops!
Thanks again
 

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A quick question. When your ROPS is down, where do you store the pins?

When my 1025 was delivered, they had the pins in the upper hoop, this had the ROPS a little higher than straight back
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My habit is to put the pins in the lower section and rest the hoop against them. The ROPS is at a lower angle but still clears the HH weight bracket.
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On my 2038R i had my upper section shortened 7" and when it is down it will lay flat on the lower section. I have used a bungee cord to keep it from rattling. I only use it when in the woods doing work. When i had my 2018 1025R I found another top section for sale here off a 2017 that someone put a cab on, so it was the straight one not the forward leaning one. I had it shortened and i could leave it up and it would clear the garage door. On the 2038 it sets to high, if i wanted to leave it up i would also have to shorten the bottom section.
 
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If you shorten the ROPS please be careful. I remember a customer who did that years ago. It was all fine until he drove into a low section of his barn and hit his head on a beam. He stopped the tractor just as the ROPS pinned his melon against the beam. He was lucky!
Holy crap! Those are the things we sometimes don't think of, those situations that have such a small chance of happening we don't say "what if...?" and bam, it happens. I hope your customer was okay!
 

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I saw the title of the thread and figured people were going to talk about porn. :p
 

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I bent my top link with the ROPS, bought one from TSC and am unable to bend it with the ROPS. Common mistake for those of us with no high ceiling or garage. You tend to put it down. pull out of the shed, raise the ballast and bend the link.
 

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What would be useful would be two locking pins on the height control for the three point . . . . wonder if I could just buy another and put it in, I think its just hardware . . . . hmmmmm. That would stop you from moving the height either way.
 
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