A couple of days ago while doing some back grading with my tractor I managed to bend two hydraulic cylinders on the front-end loader. I heard a loud pop and knew something was wrong but really did not notice a problem until I tried to go back to work and the bucket would not go down! Oh No!
How could this happen? In two days a semi will be showing up with our log package! How are we going to move things around? This could not have happened at a worst time. After I got over the shock of the damage, I settled down a bit and phoned the dealer to get replacement parts. To my surprise, each cylinder was $650 plus shipping and it would take several weeks to get here! Not good.
I immediately started scouring the internet trying to find someone who had the parts in stock and could get them to me quickly. No luck. However, I did come across a post on a discussion board of someone with a similar problem and how they fixed it. I thought it was pretty ingenuous as the guy (Rob) simply flipped the cylinders around and applied reverse pressure to straighten them out (Rob’s Post). What could be more simple?
After work tonight I headed down to the barn with nothing to lose but perhaps gain back $1300. An hour later the cylinders were back to normal!
How lucky can I be? Tractor is back in business and I still have 24 hours to spare before the log package arrives! Things are really going to get busy around here