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I am slowly getting close to the top of Brian's order list. I saw an extended length indicator on youtube for a hydraulic top link. Has anyone built such an indicator for their top link? If so pictures would be appreciated.
 

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Do you have a YouTube link? I have a TnT kit on order from Brian.
 

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I have a hydraulic top-link as well. What exactly does an extended length indicator do?
 

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I was wondering the same thing.:unknown:
 

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There was a time when I considered having that exact item as an option. So I got one for a sample look see. I gave it away and would not supply them. You know what they (Who are "They" anyway?) say, you get what you pay for. Cheap plastic mount on the rod end and a millimeter read out, do you really want a MM read out? I know not that big of a deal, but just not up to par for my liking. :thumbsdown:
 

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There was a time when I considered having that exact item as an option. So I got one for a sample look see. I gave it away and would not supply them. You know what they (Who are "They" anyway?) say, you get what you pay for. Cheap plastic mount on the rod end and a millimeter read out, do you really want a MM read out? I know not that big of a deal, but just not up to par for my liking. :thumbsdown:
Can't blame you. My initial reaction was it was completely useless. I cannot imagine a situation where I would need to know the length of the top-link. I mean, for many decades we simply screwed top-links in or out until they achieved the desired result and not once did I ever measure it.

Actually, I can only think of one time I measured the top-link... and that was to ensure I ordered the proper sized hydraulic one from Fit Rite. :)
 

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There was a time when I considered having that exact item as an option. So I got one for a sample look see. I gave it away and would not supply them. You know what they (Who are "They" anyway?) say, you get what you pay for. Cheap plastic mount on the rod end and a millimeter read out, do you really want a MM read out? I know not that big of a deal, but just not up to par for my liking. :thumbsdown:
Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYXcMN7tBjQ. The part about the length indicator starts at 6 min. I am new to box blades, but have lots of experience in cat wheel loaders. This video has taught me a lot about box blades. If you watch the whole thing it makes real good sense to know where the box blade is in relation to "neutral", the length in inches is not what is important. Knowing the position makes the device (BB) more efficient and user friendly. The guy in the video fabricates a lot of good stuff, and looking at his indicator, I think the device could be improved on. Looks like he used some plastic and I agree with Brian that is not good.
 

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I have a hydraulic top link and have a square adhesive bubble level like the one shown below stuck to the top of my quick hitch. It is about 1.5" square and very easy to see. I can tell at a glance when my quick hitch is in the neutral position (level both vertically and horizontally). I recall I only paid around $5.00 for 2-pack of these. I also have one stuck to the top surface of my bucket. They've been on the tractor for 5 years and still working perfectly.

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I have a hydraulic top link and have a square adhesive bubble level like the one shown below stuck to the top of my quick hitch. It is about 1.5" square and very easy to see. I can tell at a glance when my quick hitch is in the neutral position (level both vertically and horizontally). I recall I only paid around $5.00 for 2-pack of these. I also have one stuck to the top surface of my bucket. They've been on the tractor for 5 years and still working perfectly.

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That is a fantastic idea.

 

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I thought about this idea. I have a lot of hills and none of my land is what you would call level. Problem is, most of the time I want my implement level in relationship to the tractor. You would have to have a level on the tractor AND the implement. Just seems like a hassle. Now, if you worked level land, it would work awesome .
 

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I thought about this idea. I have a lot of hills and none of my land is what you would call level. Problem is, most of the time I want my implement level in relationship to the tractor. You would have to have a level on the tractor AND the implement. Just seems like a hassle. Now, if you worked level land, it would work awesome .
That's the nice thing about a quick hitch. Once it is installed and leveled H-V with the top-link and adjustable side-link it is forever level with the tractor unless you move something. It's only a hydraulic top link (or side link) that makes frequent readjustments necessary.
 

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So you guys don't get a feel for where your implement is in relation to your tractor?? It just does not seem like that big of a deal to me. Maybe that comes with 1000s of hours of experience? :unknown: I just don't remember it ever being an issue for me, but then I can hardly remember back that far anymore. :( :thumbup1gif:
 

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So you guys don't get a feel for where your implement is in relation to your tractor?? It just does not seem like that big of a deal to me. Maybe that comes with 1000s of hours of experience? :unknown: I just don't remember it ever being an issue for me, but then I can hardly remember back that far anymore. :( :thumbup1gif:

I don't see an issue either????

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So you guys don't get a feel for where your implement is in relation to your tractor?? It just does not seem like that big of a deal to me. Maybe that comes with 1000s of hours of experience? :unknown: I just don't remember it ever being an issue for me, but then I can hardly remember back that far anymore. :( :thumbup1gif:
Brian, I am very new to tractors. You are probably right, after I get some experience under my belt, I could probably eyeball it close enough for any use. Top link suppose to be here tomorrow. I’ll let you know when I receive it.
 

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Mr jgayman stole the level idea from me. :lol: I have exactly the same setup, used it for a few times, and no longer pay them any attention at all. It’s much better to pay retention to the implement and the tractor than what the level is telling you. The tops of most box blades and other earth shaping equipment is level with the bottom and cutting edges. That and watching what it’s doing is really all you need. Sometimes too much information just slows you down. :good2:
 

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So you guys don't get a feel for where your implement is in relation to your tractor?? It just does not seem like that big of a deal to me. Maybe that comes with 1000s of hours of experience? :unknown: I just don't remember it ever being an issue for me, but then I can hardly remember back that far anymore. :( :thumbup1gif:
They just like gadgets, gizmo's (not Keith LOL) and bling :lolol:
 

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Don’t pick on me, Kenny. Just give me my bling!:gizmo:
 

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It takes a bunch of seat time to be able to grade, good operators have a 'feel' and the coordination of eye/hand. I had a Komatsu D39P dozer (20,000 pound class) and I was a terrible operator trying to grade with it. I never got the hang of it after 50 hours. I was done with the dozer and sold it to a family member for his ranch.
 
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