Massey 1655 Three point a bit weak, drops under load.

SupplySergeant

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I used the three point hitch on my customized Massey 1655 yesterday, lifting about 400 lbs. It's rated for 650 according to the manual, but couldn't lift more than about 300. It was also dropping all the way in about five minutes. It runs off the hydrostatic system, with a regular hydraulic cylinder. Wondering If I need to look at the cylinder or something inside the hydro first?

(and Daniel, no you can't fix it for free, this stuff comes with old equipment!)
 

olcowhand

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If you have an engine stethoscope, lift as heavy a load as it will lift, leave it up, shut engine off, then listen to the lift cylinder to see if you can hear the piston o-rings bypassing. A stick will often serve as a redneck stethoscope. Dropping that fast either running or not points to either the cylinder piston is leaking, or the control valves, but more likely the cylinder.
 

SupplySergeant

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Thanks, that's about what I thought. It's at a friends house in Louisville right now, the loader made quick work of moving a 900 lb machine tool. I was in a big hurry to get home, so I'll pick it up later in the week and then diagnose the cylinder in the Harbor Freight parking lot! If I hear fluid leaking down in the cylinder, I'll take it off right there and take it to a good hydraulic shop for a rebuild, since it's a welded cylinder and I would rather not try it myself.
 

SupplySergeant

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I kinda figured it was the cylinder, I know olcowhand had to pull it off another Massey to get three point on the tractor for me, and the hydro runs great. If I can find another to buy, I'll get them both rebuilt, and start my parts hoard for my new baby!
 
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