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Old 03-29-2014   #11
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Red face Re: New to Front Loader

Originally Posted by dukes909 View Post
Brought home a 3301 yesterday with an LA525 loader on the front! While I've used a Ford 8N for 15 years or so, I've never had a tractor with a loader before. Any operating advice or instruction is welcome!

My first day with mine I tried to pick up a big rock on a small hill, the back wheel came up over a foot off the ground. never been so scared in my life.
I immediately went to work on a counter weight. I am no where near alot of the guys on here for quality but it works great. a draw bar through a 55 gallon rubber maid can with a little steel and an old trailer, hitch then filled it with concrete and weighs about 1100 lbs
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Old 03-29-2014   #12

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Default Re: New to Front Loader

I would suggest to learn the controls of your loader on flat ground, open space with a pile of road rock or dirt you can play with.

There is a reason your joystick puts the loader down when you push it forward. It's a natural reaction under stress. Pulling towards you brings the bucket up, so if you get stressed you at lease release your hand and the upward movement ends.

Get good and comfortable with your loader before you add counter weights, or any others tools that allow you to go beyond your skill level! You'll develop skill, confidence and safety and way less likely to do something stupid and dangerous to you and others.
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