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John Deere 3038e control lever very hard to move. Seems like you either get it up or down, very hard to control. Is this normal?


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No, that should not be normal. Try lubricating the pivot points with something like Fluid Film.
 

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I had some garage door lube for overhead doors trying this. It seems to move the controls a little smother. But my question is shouldn't I be able to raise it half or a quarter of the way up and hold it there? It seems that I have to raise it all the way up or nothing


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Yes, your rockshaft has what's called "position control" so you should be able to put it wherever you want it-and it should stay there.
 

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The lever is physically hard to move, and it does not stay in place except all the way up or all the way down.


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That is not correct function. Is it a new unit? If so, should be a warranty fix. Ours moves smoothly from lowest to highest, stays put when released & has an adjustable toggle stop to set a low position limit if desired when using equipment that needs to maintain a minimum height (like a rotary cutter).

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Did you try adjusting the rate of drop valve to see if anything changed? Mine moves pretty stiff and squeals like a pig from bottom to top


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