My high-tech bucket level indicator that I had been developing went idle after last input from Ken. Been busy doing other things in the mean time. I did start a major re-design a couple of weeks ago.John Deere 3038e d160 fel. I have had a rod that indicates level all the way down. I’m looking for something to indicate level where ever the forks or bucket is. Any and all suggestions appreciated. Thanks Dave
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My design calibrates to any angle on power up. Attach the sensor (magnet), turn it on. Whatever angle the sensor is reading is calibrated to zero.Basically you want an indicator that works like an MSL loader works? Or some kind of spirit level affair? Since the back of my bucket is at an angle and my forks are 90° where they hook to the loader, I have a mark on the level rod for the forks. My loader is MSL, so I've got that going for me. Which is nice.
I hope you don't mind me asking a very silly question. Why do you need to know if the bucket (or forks) are level when the boom is up in the air? When on the ground makes sense because folks often want to grade and scrape parallel to the ground so having a level indicator is important.John Deere 3038e d160 fel. I have had a rod that indicates level all the way down. I’m looking for something to indicate level where ever the forks or bucket is. Any and all suggestions appreciated. Thanks Dave
I've been wondering the same thing.I hope you don't mind me asking a very silly question. Why do you need to know if the bucket (or forks) are level when the boom is up in the air? When on the ground makes sense because folks often want to grade and scrape parallel to the ground so having a level indicator is important.
But when up in the air... do you really need the bucket level? If you have a load of material you normally DON'T want the bucket level or else you will be spilling material.
And if using forks you also typically don't want the forks level as you could risk dumping the load. When handling most loads with forks you always want the load tilted back slightly so it doesn't tip forward and fall off. The amount of tilt varies with the load but it is always very easy to determine by sight.
Even with forks I think you're better off with eyeballs. I've off loaded several semi trucks with my 2720 and Artillain forks and it was always just a matter of aligning the forks to the pallet openings. A bigger issue for me was always side tilting as usually the semi would pull off the side of the road and the trailer wouldn't always be level side to side.That's a very good question.
For me, knowing bucket level is only important at or near ground level unless I'm using the bucket to unload something from the bed of my truck, but even then it's not critical. When using forks, that's a whole different matter - I've unloaded stuff from a semi trailer and I would love to have a precise level indicator. A tiny movement of the loader joystick results in a mega movement at the ends of the forks. It's a bit embarrassing to have the driver give hand signals for fork placement :unknown:
Nice rig. When I see a mechanical auto level bucket like that, I always wonder why the manufacturer doesn't move the tilt cylinders back to the rear of the forks for shorter hydraulic lines and less weight to lift on the front end of the FEL. It would seem like an easy change but it's seldom done.Hi All
Here is a Bucket level indicator that works all the way up and down with forks and bucket. And there is no need for any input from the operator to keep the forks or bucket level for the full travel of the FEL.:good2:
I see the cylinders on the pivot end of the forks on track loaders which have enormously more lift capacity so I always wonder why not do so on smaller machines. It would take a small change in the pivot arms but that seems like a reasonable thing to do. Obviously manufacturers don't agree with me and they know the details far better.Hi All
Hi Treefarmer the reason the cylinder is where it is, is that the cylinder has more travel than the linkage will allow if it was redesigned it might create more problems than it solves:unknown: