Oh No! Worst timing!

April 2nd, 2009 by Doug
Bent Hydraulic Cylinders

Bent Hydraulic Cylinders

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?

Fixed Hydraulic Cylinders!

Fixed Hydraulic Cylinders!

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 :-)

3 Responses to “Oh No! Worst timing!”

  1. CajunRider Says:

    My son took my tractor to pull his friend out of the mud last week. He put a chain on the FEL and pulled his friend out. The only problem is that the choke chain squeezed in on the FEL and now I’ve got a severely bent hydraulic cylinder shaft. It’s far worse than yours and I wonder what I can do about it other than forking out several hundred bucks to replace it.

  2. Doug Says:

    Cajun,
    As long as the rams are not creased, I would be willing to try bending them back. This option is not for everyone but in my case it worked great. My second option was to take them to a hydraulic shop and have them rebuilt (that’s if the cylinders are not bent) Worst case was to have the hydraulic shop build new ones. My local shop said they could save me considerably over what a replacement would cost from the dealer. I never got that far to find out actual cost.

  3. Gerry Says:

    Hi Doug and Cajun
    Well damn if it didn’t happen to me the other day! My only options were the rebuild, or new parts$$$$$.
    I’ve got a 1980 Ford 4100 farm tractor, with a 772 front end loader with forks. Know of any laying around?

    Thats a super project you got going.

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