How to Remove and Install a Loader
on Monday, August 30, 2021
As much as you might use your loader, you might not need it attached to your tractor at all times.
Whether you’d rather drop the extra weight before mowing your yard or need to increase your
turning radius as you navigate tight corners with a box blade, there are a number of tasks that are
better off being completed without a loader. But not everyone is experienced in removing and
installing a loader. Using the 1025R Sub-compact Utility Tractor and the 120R John Deere loader
as an example, we can walk you through the process, step by step.
How to Remove a Loader
Believe it or not, you can remove the loader from your tractor in four simple steps.
Step 1: Unlock the Loader
First, turn on your tractor. You need to be able to have hydraulic function to lower the loader all
the way to the ground. By lowering the loader, you are compressing the cylinders and taking
pressure off the loader. Then the loader will be in a position where you can flip the locking levers
on either side with your feet, completely unlocking from the loader frames.
Step 2: Raise the Loader Off the Frames
Next, you need to raise the loader off the frames while lowering the parking stand. You’ll want to
pull back on the joystick, as if you were raising the loader, until it is completely off the tractor and
the stand drops. One difference that separates the 1025R from other tractors is the parking stand.
Rather than two separate parking feet, the 1025R features a single piece parking stand.
Step 3: Disconnect the Hydraulic Couplers
You will need to disconnect the hydraulic couplers, but before you do so, remember that there is
still fluid flowing through them. To release the pressure, move the functions of the loader using
the joystick. If your tractor has been out in the sun long, the couplers can also be hot.
Push back the locking collar on the couplers and then begin removing all four of them. You’ll
notice that each of them is color coded, which makes it easier to reconnect them in the correct
spots. There should be a color-coded cap for each coupler. Once each coupler has been
removed, cap it with the appropriate colored cover to keep contaminants out.
Step 4: Pull Away from the Loader
Finally, take the hoses and fold them back into the carrying loop. Just make sure they are out of
the way and not dragging on the ground, collecting dirt. Once that is done, you can hop back into
the seat of your tractor and pull completely away from the removed loader.
How to Install a Loader
Installing a loader is as simple as reversing the steps you took to remove it. Start by driving your
tractor toward the loader, lining up your frames as much as possible and parking close enough so
that you can reconnect the hydraulic lines. Once you have reconnected the couplers, start the
tractor up and begin lowering the loader, pulling forward as the loader drops down and locks into
the hooks. Once you’ve pulled all the way forward, drop the locking levers.
If you have questions about the process of removing or installing a loader, please reach out to
one of our service technicians at your nearest TriGreen equipment location.
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