- Feb 4, 2016
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- NW Vermont
You are in luck!!!!You are enjoying your tractor so much. I like reading about your tractor adventures.
STA pass the Zinger™ award
This morning I had the brilliant thought that there is no reason the reducer has to swivel, in fact that serves no purpose with a quick connect fitting screwed to it and is just a potential (and real on that one) fail area. So I went out to the mower to again remove the reducer to go back to Avance Auto. Now I know what that loud clunk was that I heard yesterday, the entire male fitting was sheared off (or pulled out of??) the end of the hose, only the crimp band remained. I guess I didn't have the hoses up as well as I thought though the other was still safely where I put it.
The saga continues. I Googled and found a truck repair place that makes hydraulic hoses. I went there, he cut the end of the hose to see what kind it was (would be needed regardless) and found that he didn't have a male threaded fitting that would work with the Gates connector nor did he have an adapter that would work with the hose fitting he did have. He sent me to the CAT repair place. They can only work with CAT hoses, they have a special crimper that they have to enter the hose part number and the machine applies the proper force in the proper places. They sent me to another truck repair place. He likely had that fitting but he won't crimp fittings on "used" hose even though this one had never been used under pressure, liability if it fails (seems like he would have the same liability issues with a hose he makes himself). He could make a new hose but doesn't have and likely can't get the 13mm banjo connector but could do something with a 90° if he had one that matched the banjo bolt thread (I hadn't brought that part) for about $60.
I sent an email to the WoodMaxx service guy to see what it would cost to get a replacement hose
I'm sure the shift feature will be worth it, eventually
Got a reply from the WoodMaxx sales guy. He has "decided" that the crimps on the hoses failed, no fault of mine and is going to send 2 new ones (though I only need the one). I guess sometimes being nice DOES pay off. I was very patient with the quick hitch fiasco (as he called it) unlike some others.