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    I may have to have a talk with your wife. She just might take my side.

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    She may just be thinking of the Life Ins policy at this point so your point about wasted $ may be moot!
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    Now that you mention it, a life insurance policy could be seen as mandatory by some spouses when we're operating a SEE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The FLU farm View Post
    Now that you mention it, a life insurance policy could be seen as mandatory by some spouses when we're operating a SEE.
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    So this may be a sideways computer video but its something! Replaced all
    fluids and filters (minus the hydraulic filter because it was not clogged and crazy $) changed hydraulic fluid in for the oil also. All major electric seems good minus the large colored indicator lights by the "incline O meter". I will sort out some fuses later.

    I have about 10 hours on the machine and have been sorting out a hydraulic leak from the backhoe dipper and boom piston seals. It comes and goes and lately has been disappearing with a little blue devil hydraulic leak stop. I'm hoping that nips it in the bud. I have been working on a path through the woods. pictures to follow.

    This clip is mostly me repositioning before tackling some rocks, boulders and a stump the size of small European car, but heavier. I'm very impressed by the shear power of the hoe. It kind of seems effortless until you forget to set the stabilizers and just moving the bucket up makes the truck hop around. Its moved some boulders a bit larger than the bucket with relative ease. Some lessons I'm learning about technique and planning should shave some time from the activities but I am having more fun than I want to admit at this point. Anyhow enjoy the cricks in the neck I have to work on my editing at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurkMcGurk View Post
    All major electric seems good minus the large colored indicator lights by the "incline O meter". I will sort out some fuses later.Mog reposition.mov
    You do know that the light switch levers have to be in all the right positions for those indicator lights to come on, right?
    But if they really don't work and you want something irritating to look at, you can always shine a small flashlight into your eyes.

    Gotta look into that devilish liquid you mentioned. Never heard of it, and have a leaky cylinder on the crane. The largest one, of course.

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    Good to see you got one working. I find that the limiting factor with the backhoe is that even with the loader bucker full down the hoe will drag the SEE around. Even more so wen ripping at ledge.

    I thought you said you got the optional Hein Werner bucket with the ripper hooks? Must be on the other one.

    If all the indicator lights are out that's pretty odd, they are five separate circuits. Its been so long since my wiring repairs that I cant remember if there are any common wiring that would account for all five being out. I guess I need to check the wiring diagram.
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    Okay, McGurk, now I'm curious. Did you put 1 oz. per quart in the system as per the instructions? That'd be 0.65 gallons, or about $30 worth.
    I've read that sometimes the seals on a SEE self heals with some use, and after reading the reviews of Blue Devil I'm more skeptical than usual.

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    Ok so here is the skinny on the leaks "their gone!" as of this mid afternoon. I swear I saw a few drips on the boom two days ago and the dipper after shut down and I left the hoe extended out so I could reach the Zerks. I added the Azul Diablo (seriously check bottom of the label)probably 5 days ago. I used/warmed the machine and hydraulic fluid per instructions and let the fluid circulate for a few hours on two separate occasions. Initially I was seeing a leak in a flow (cant remember what class leak from the manual offhand) from one of the boom cylinders as I folded it all back down until the PTO was shut off. That also occasionally spurted when I was first working last week. I worked the hoe today and I actually could hear the squeak of the seals occasionally like tight rubber over metal. I am hoping this is the reconditioning/swelling the tech I talked to explained product was ideal for use on unused but intact seals. Totally not hyping the product as its only been three uses but its tighter than a ducks areas of significant tightness. I'm impressed and hope the reconditioning works for the long haul as I refine my skills, nurse my sore backside and seriously consider the side affects of breathing in that diesel smoke all afternoon.

    FLU Farm, I used the whole (1gal ish) bottle because that was to treat 20 gallons and the backhoe got 21 gallons after the oil to hydraulic change. It got two bottles shipped from autozone with coupon for around $75. If you get it cheaper than me then your doing well and I need to work on my connects. I heard about the "self heal" thing too but as I stared at the affected cylinders I kept thinking about how hot Texas is and how hot the Middle East is, or was in the 90's. It would make sense that any elasticity in rubber would be baked out by the sheer heat and being on seals near the top of the system perhaps the oil flowed down and away thereby intensifying the drying out. I dunno but I remember the desert as a kid and seeing plastic bottles that had only been out there a year or two in direct sunlight. They almost shattered like glass instead of crinkling like a petroleum based plastic does in New England if left outside. So in my mind based on the leaks I saw self heal didn't seem like a probable solution, also the tech said no issues in the rest of the system from this stuff so I rolled the dice. I am however going top leave the oil in the second MOG and see where that's at and what the difference is.
    azul diablo.JPGinstructions blue devil.JPG
    Also I do have to read the manuals again as I keep learning stuff and although I read the light stuff initially its back seat for now. temp gauges and pressure are what I'm mostly staring at in this break in or re brake in stage!

    Peakbagger, I am confident you can do NO digging if on an incline facing down!! At best when I'm level I have to really put those stabilizers out and the best digging leverage is like a 90 degree digging using the bucket tilt and dipper arm. Any really heavy pulls with the hoe stretched out and i'm basically repositioning and digging stabilizer trenches on either side. It was easier to do the path I was talking about because the stabilizers could grab the tree roots and everything was flat. Trying to flatten out and area and dig stumps while positioned on loose soil I just dug is more demanding and time consuming. Still fun though and aside from winter planning for the MOGS and some lubing and fluid checks its project time in earnest soon enough.

    MOG2 arrived today and I may call that one Lord Voldemort, seems OK so far but I have my suspicions! Anyhow cheers for now I actually have to work tomorrow and maybe the rest of the week. Trying to take days off sometime this Summer but I'm up against it,it would seem

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    Called Blue Devil tech this morning as I was curious about the guarantee. Sure enough, you may get your money back if the product doesn't work, but if it creates any problems you're on your own.
    I'd read up on this and similar products last night, and thinking it all through while we were talking, I said "Thanks, but I think I'll replace the leaking seal rather than risk doing something to all the cylinders' seals."
    "That's a dumb decision." said the tech. The conversation didn't last much past that statement.

    I sure hope the stuff works for you, but if I ever decide to use hydraulic stop leak, it'll be Lucas. I don't feel like having leaks and getting insulted.

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