Quik Connect Help

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by SouthernLandworks, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. SouthernLandworks

    SouthernLandworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    I bought a new grapple for my Bobcat. I have an issue with the quik connects. I can get the female adapter on the grapple to connect to the male on the bobcat but I cant get the male adapter on the grapple to connect to the female on the bobcat. What is the proper procedure?? I've never had any trouble until now. Thanks
  2. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    Proper procedure: line em up, jam it in. Shouldn't be anything more to it then that.

    I haven't had serious difficulty connecting a grapple to my Bobcat. I have had occasions where it was a lot of effort to disconnect. I found that throttling way back to a slow idle or shutting off the machine made all the difference in those circumstances.
  3. SouthernLandworks

    SouthernLandworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Thanks for the reply. Do you think cracking the line to let off some pressure will help?? I can push it in but when it gets to where its just about to snap in it just won't go any farther.
  4. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,879

    sometimes i need 2 guys to push that quik connect in there a pain. I always shut my machine off when i put them in seems alot easier and i always put the bottom quik connect first, try pushing it in as much as you can and then have another guy with a rubber mallet taping in some spots seems to work for me
  5. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    sometimes the quick-connect coupler itself goes bad. the rubber o rings inside self destruct for whatever reason. sometimes the coupler gets a nick or tit on it that causes it not to connect right. i have had both those problems and now carry a spare male and spare female connector with me to do onsite changes.
  6. SouthernLandworks

    SouthernLandworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    It Is brand New.
  7. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    You should release the hydraulic pressure dont know how you do it on a Bobcat but on a Deere all you need to do is move the lever back and forth to release the pressure. Was not sure of the Bobcat setup you have. That is with the machine off on the Deere.
  8. SouthernLandworks

    SouthernLandworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    I let it sit for a few hours and it got a little easier. I'll try in the morning, should go right on.
    Thanks for the quick reply's.
  9. 2109 Stang

    2109 Stang LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    In my case I let the grapple seat and the heat of the sun created some pressure in the hydraulic fluid in the grapple ,that time I had to loosened one of the hose ,The other problem I had was trying to disconnect the hoses from the machine ,there was pressure in the system ,so you shut the machine off ,then turn the ignition on (not cranking the motor) then wiggle the lever to release hyd pressure and you should be set to remove the coupler.
  10. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,792

    I run a bobcat grapple daily. On occasion the couplers won't go on. Get a rag and loosen the nut that attaches the hose to the elbow on the coupler..ever so slightly. Once a drop of oil (make sure other line is not connected to machine) is confirmed, you have released pressure and it will pop on and you can quickly tighten it.
    Try aux. pressure release and push your couplers in before disconnecting (if you have the new style couplers).

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