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Can use some advice on quick couplers

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by plowzilla, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. plowzilla

    plowzilla Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Hey Guys, Can anyone help me out with my skid steer quick couplers. When I switch from my bucket to the plow, I have the hardest time getting the couplers attached. Seems to be alot of pressure in the line. I have tried to push the floor pedal to get some relief but nothing happened. Does anyone have a tip on these or know where I could get some kind of attachment to relieve the pressure? Thank you in advance.

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    Depending on brands some have a relief button you hold down to relieve the pressure, others you push the the couplers in before unhooking and hold which releases the pressure, always leave your plow in the center never against one side or the other this will help, as a last resort keep a couple wrenches in the cab and loosen the couplers from the line to relieve the pressure kinda messy but will get you goin. Check with your skid dealer to see if they have tips.
  3. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,190

    Good tips from Snowlord, and make sure to connect the two couplers together after each use on the plow side. It has something to do with pressure change due to temperature drops. IIRC, JD Dave suggested doing so last year, and we've had better luck since.
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    the pressure isn't in the skid, it's in the plow.
    as the heat (sun) comes and goes the pressure builds up
    push down (or use a tool) to release some pressure from the plow side.
    (push it against something hard, it's going to squirt hydraulic oil, so wear a glove)
    then it works great.
  5. Woodenshoe

    Woodenshoe Member
    Messages: 84

    Try shutting down the machine, then turn the key back to the on position without starting it, and then rock the pedal. There may be a safety that prevents pressure release with the key off.
    You may want to do the same B4 you disconnect an implement as well, to release any pressure in the implement.
  6. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    They make a different style couple you could use that is easier to connect. Check with your hose and coupler outfitter and see if they have them. I found them local at Hyquip in Milwaukee.
  7. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Exactly what I was going to say :mechanic:
  8. schmol

    schmol Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    The pressure issue is usually in the attatchment as stated earlier, purging a little of the oil from the hyd line on the attachment always works for me if i can't wrestle it on in a couple tries.
  9. EdNewman

    EdNewman Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    I can only speak for Bobcat, but the proper procedure is... with the machine running, press and hold the pressure release button and the machine will shutdown and de-pressurize the circuit.

    It should be a piece of cake to get the connector on then.
  10. TTown

    TTown Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Hello, perhaps this tool would work. It's adjustable and provides assistance for couplers. I keep one in the skids and has proven to be indispensable for me. Hope this helps.


  11. procut1

    procut1 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Now that is genious
  12. Buster F

    Buster F Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    Love the Willy Wonka hose connector - Brilliant
  13. TTown

    TTown Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Thank you, hope it helps someone out.
  14. snow game

    snow game Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 255

    You don't mention what type of machine you have but this trick works on myJD skids and New Holland Skids.
    key on seatbelt buckled (if required) once pedals move on skid then you have to move the handles that would angle the plow. move those handles in both directions before you take off an attachemnt and before you try hooking one up. Do not start the machine while doing this.If the attachment is moved while off the machine you may have to relesae the pressure by pressing the face against a solid surface, just be sure not to damage them and watch where it squirts.
    I have to do this with my Cat backhoe when I hook up the plow to that also.