Self Leveling Buckets?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by shooterm, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. bighornjd

    bighornjd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    I hate any self-leveling bucket I have ever ran with a passion. They are designed for people who can't handle doing more than one thing at a time and in that case shouldn't be operating the machine to begin with. JMO. HATE them. Seems they are becoming standard equipment nowadays though.
  2. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,792

    self leveling can be annoying. I use float every day from mulching going backwards to grapple/raking going backwards
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Bucket level is a severe waste of time and I hardly ever use float.
  4. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,170


    As far as bucket leveling, some are mechanical like the 1845C the linkage just does it automatically. Others meter the hyd. fluid to the tilt curcuit as you lift when activated.

    On CASE machines it is an expensive option. Once I ordered it (long time ago, not even sure what machine it was maybe an 85XT) never got it again. I don't find much use for float. Used it on occasion but never to any great degree.
  5. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    I get by fine without self level but have never had it interfere. I do like it for the occasional fill in operator who can't seem to understand as you lift a bucket and don't level, you put piles of mulch or snow on the roof of the skid steer, or in the case of a b-hoe, break an expensive hood with snow chunks. Float I don't often use in a skid but its very useful on tractors, loaders etc. especially when back dragging an area.
  6. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    I think its what ur used to. I hate self level. Ones I have used didn't level the way I like. I encourage my guys not to use it. Just get used to leveling urself.
  7. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    i use float all the time when snowblowing with my rc100, was a pain the ass before i realized i had it...

    float is also useful for grading loose material, can help alot of novice operators avoid washboarding until they become more proficient.

    dont have self leveling on the rc i just learned to do it automatically now.
  8. crete

    crete LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Doesn't your RC100 have the two speed? Do you use it for plowing? Or around dirt work? Terry
  9. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    yes it has 2 speed, i use it plowing and when i want to get pretty much anywhere quicker than in 1st gear/speed.

    technically the machine doesnt plow but runs an 85" hi flow snow blower. but i use 2 speed to get around the HOA faster and can drift around the corners.

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