Lock auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch on Cat 304

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by millstream, May 17, 2011.

  1. millstream

    millstream LawnSite Member
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    Tonight I am going to be running a brush cutter on the front of my Cat 304C-cr excavator. Does anyone know how, or if I can lock the rocker switch on to power the mower so I don't have to keep my finger on the switch?

    Thanks-Scott
     
  2. icex

    icex LawnSite Senior Member
    from WV
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    Zip tie it or hard wire it to a on/off switch.
     
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    They should have a continuous flow switch somewhere, there is also a switch near the travel beeper switch that locks out the swing boom, you might want to fiddle with that.
     
  4. ioilyouin

    ioilyouin LawnSite Senior Member
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    one reason why I didn't buy Cat or Deere.
     
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    You just have to ask for a switch for continuous flow, one of the 320's my brother owns has a switch for the mower pump and flow. Ask and it shall be done.
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  6. ccstrebe

    ccstrebe LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it is anything like my Cat MTL, you push a button on the left joystick while pushing the rocker switch on the right joystick. Also, it wont activate in park.
     
  7. millstream

    millstream LawnSite Member
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    I never thought to hit any of the buttons on the left stick while holding the rocker on the right stick. I tried all combinations of the buttons on the right stick though. Blew the horn about 15 times, messin' with the buttons--- impressed the neighbors. :rolleyes: After mowing road banks for 4 hours, holding the rocker switch wasn't that big a deal. If I was mowing on a flat though, I would like to be able to keep it locked on.

    I bought the 48" Bushmaster. So far I am very satisfied. I only run my Cat at 1/2 throttle and could use a bit more hydraulic flow at that speed, though.
     
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Run full throttle, there is no reason you shouldn't.
     
  9. millstream

    millstream LawnSite Member
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    I almost never run any of my equipment much over 1/2 throttle. Just don't see a need to... other than more hydraulic flow. I always just figured it was better on fuel and better on the motor not going all out. I have 11 pieces of equipment and have never done a thing to any of the motors-pumps.
     
  10. icex

    icex LawnSite Senior Member
    from WV
    Posts: 389

    I never have either and I run them wide open.
     

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