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Ferguson TO-30 lift arms won't lift

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Pat the Ferguson fan

04-08-2007 08:19:59

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I have a TO-30 and just bought a new light weight tiller for it. I was having problem with the draft control on the tractor and made some adjustments which seemed to help. The second time I ran the tiller, the lift arms won't raise anymore. I thought the hydraulic oil might be low so I changed it all with fresh stuff, still wont lift. If I take the impliment off, the arms will raise. Anyone got any advice?

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John (UK)

04-08-2007 12:09:43

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 Re: Ferguson TO-30 lift arms won't lift in reply to Pat the Ferguson fan, 04-08-2007 08:19:59  
What did you "adjust"? The Draft control spring you should just be able to turn it when the mower is lifted. If is drops when you press the clutch pedal you have a leak. You need to find where it is leaking and repair it. If you need the information on what to check and where to look, email me at:-
tell me again what it is doing and I will send the Information to you.
The fault could be adjustment or a leak.

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pat the ferguson fan

04-08-2007 18:43:42

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 Re: Ferguson TO-30 lift arms won't lift in reply to John (UK), 04-08-2007 12:09:43  
John I adjusted the hydraulic lift spring. When I bought the tractor the spring was so tight you couldn"t turn it with any kind of tool. I finally got it to the point where you could move it by hand. Pat

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John (UK)

04-09-2007 08:28:04

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 Re: Ferguson TO-30 lift arms won't lift in reply to pat the ferguson fan, 04-08-2007 18:43:42  
If you can just turn the Draft Control Spring when you have an implement lifted then it is correct. From what you tell me you need to look for a leak, if you email me I will send the information you need to find it, I can't send it on here. When you mail just tell me again what it is doing. fergusontractors(at)
replace the (at) with @.....John

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04-09-2007 04:00:20

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 Re: Ferguson TO-30 lift arms won't lift in reply to pat the ferguson fan, 04-08-2007 18:43:42  
hay pat ,i also have a 30 i just picked it up have not went through the fluids yet ,what did use for hydraulic oil ,thanks marvin ,ps what did you find wrong with yours ,

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John (UK)

04-09-2007 08:23:24

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 Re: Ferguson TO-30 lift arms won't lift in reply to marvin, 04-09-2007 04:00:20  
The oil in the Hydraulics and Transmission is GL190W or 15W/30 Multi-grade. The Multigrade is better if you live in a cold climate as it doesn't get as thick as 90W when cold. The 90W is NOT gear oil it is as thick as engine oil it is GL1 90W.

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