What is “Regen” or the “Regenerative” function of a FEL Valve? Read it here…

Regen is a “feature” of most modern FEL (Front End Loader) valves, it’s on the Dump (joystick far right) circuit, and is also referred to as “Fast Dump”. The reason it is nice to have is that without it, the weight of a filled bucket can actually “pull” the bucket down faster than the fluid can enter the other side of the cylinder, this will create a air pocket and give the bucket a “floppy” feeling until the joystick is held in the dump mode a few seconds to refill the cylinder pushing the air past the seals. So we add “regen” or “regenerative” function to the valve.

Regen solves this problem by actually filling both sides of the cylinder at the same time with hydraulic fluid. But how will that work you might ask? Well, because there is more volume on the side of the cylinder that extends it since the rod is taking up space in the other side, it “overpowers” the rod side and lets the cylinder extend-thereby dumping the bucket. So since now both sides of the cylinder are “pressurized”, the air pocket cannot develop, eliminating the “floppy” bucket syndrome. One other added bonus is that the bucket actually dumps faster due to the higher flow rate required to do all this, that’s why it’s referred to as “fast dump” sometimes.

So, now you may be asking “This is cool and all that, but why do I need to know about it?” The answer to that is simple, if you ever try to run a snow plow with two SA (single acting) cylinders, or a cylinder that drives a chute rotator on a snowblower you will soon find out that they won’t work if you push the joystick to far right into the regen mode. The plow won’t work because since both lines are pressurized-both cylinders will be trying to extend at the same time binding everything up. The rotator won’t work because there is no weight pushing the cylinder closed like there is on the loader.

On most, if not all John Deere tractors there is a “lockout” the limits how far the joystick travels to the right to keep it out of the regen mode.

John Deere 1026RI took delivery on mine yesterday and had a chance to mow with it and spend 3 hrs or so working with the FEL and Backhoe. This brief description is in comparison to mowing with an X724, which I will probably sell.

Comparing and contrasting the X724 and 1026R is like comparing a small nimble SUV or Jeep to a large SUV. I can’t help but draw this conclusion when contrasting them.
A Toyota analogy: When I had my 4Runner for a few years, we decided that we might want to upgrade to a Sequoia. The 4Runner is very nimble, quick-handing, but somewhat small. We test drove the Sequoia and WOW what a difference! The larger SUV was like a lumbering behemoth in comparison. Turns were slower and took more effort. Stopping wasn’t nearly as quick. Body roll was pronounced and the front dipped a lot during heavy braking. It took a good bit longer to stop. The ride was a lot rougher. However, it felt much more solid. We didn’t really like the Sequoia at all. It lost many of the qualities we liked about the 4Runner.

Now that I’ve had a few hours on the 1026R, I can draw a similar comparison to the X724 for grass cutting. Let me just start out by saying that if you just want to cut grass, BY ALL MEANS get the X700 series with AWS (preferably diesel with the deluxe seat) and forget the 1-series – especially if you have obstacles or any slopes. The X700 series with AWS are a grass cutter’s dream. They are quick, incredibly nimble, stable, with a low center of gravity, and zip through the thickest zoyzia grass, bagging or not. Cutting my grass on my X724 is actually a lot of fun because my grass area is fairly small with lots of obstacles. When I’m done, I feel like I just ran a road course – and the yard looks great.

Compared to the 1026R – what a difference! Not that the 1-series is bad, it’s obviously a tractor first which can “also cut grass” because it has a MMM attached. I’d never call it a “lawn mower” or “garden tractor.” It’s significantly heavier. Although the 1-series can turn really sharply, they’re harder to turn because steering effort is higher and they require more wheel turns. You must take care not to turn to quickly or you’ll scuff the grass (yes, with turf tires). The lack of AWS makes a big difference when cutting in and around obstacles. The firm ride quality isn’t nearly as good, but the deluxe seat certainly helps. I’m sure part of it is a learning process for me because I’m used to the AWS, but I have to think a bit more when going around obstacles on the 1026R. When/if I sell the X724, it will take me a good bit longer to cut with the 1026R than the X724 because of the weight and lack of AWS. Quick sudden turns at decent speed are no problem for the X724, but not so good on the 1026R. This next thing may be a setup issue with mine: when I cut grass in high range, if I quickly release the forward pedal (even at slow speed), it acts like I hit reverse, so the reverse detector kicks in and shuts off the PTO and engine, then scrolls a message across the dash to the effect of “engage LO” or something (I’ll clarify next time I see it). Going to get that checked. In low range, this doesn’t happen. Low isn’t quite fast enough for efficient grass cutting.

On the other hand, if you have lots of open areas to cut with little or no obstacles, the 1-series might be your ticket. If you need the attachment capability, it certainly is better. I’m not dissing on the 1-series. Sitting side-by-side, the look fairly similar in size. The 1 sits a bit taller – especially the seat. But it’s kinda hard to find an X700 series tractor loader backhoe, so I’ll keep the 1026R.

footnote: Upgrading from the LX280 (nice machine) to the X724 was amazing. The LX280 was nice, but it would beat you up pretty badly on a rough lawn. The X724 rides like a caddy in comparison. Moving up to the 1-series is like moving from a nimble sedan to a truck.

I have a 3-pt hitch on the X724 and have spent a few hours working my driveway with a box scraper. The 1026R with FEL is much nicer to work with for general dirt moving – my neck appreciates not looking backwards half the time. When I get the 3-pt hitch parts, I’ll be able to appreciate a real 3-pt hitch position control.
I’ll take some photos after it cools off a bit outside.

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John Deere ToysThe company that started with a plow and is world renown for great farm equipment not surprisingly offers a wide selection of toys, in particular John Deere Toy Tractors. John Deere Farm Toys range from infants to the adult collectible replica enthusiast.

John Deere Learning Curve items offer fun imaginative play to infants through the preschool years. This group of toys is for the beginner. They start with something as simple as a John Deere Tractor Rattle to a 12-volt battery operated John Deere Ride on Tractor. You can find adorable John Deere rattles, massaging corn teethers and sippy cups. Then work your way up to a barn shape sorter, John Deere Busy Driver and even an Electronic Fishing Pole. John Deere even offers imaginative role playing toys to be just like mom and dad. You will find a John Deere Power Saw, Power Drill, Power Line Trimmer and Hedge Clippers that work just like the real thing but don’t require batteries.  You may also like the Electronic Action Lawn Mower to help you cut the grass.

John Deere has recently added a line of Wooden barns and accessories. These heirloom quality pieces will hold a vast array of John Deere toys and bring hours of fun to any young farmer. Speaking of heirloom quality, John Deere die-cast pedal tractors are known for lasting for many generations. These heavy duty steel constructed pedal tractors are built tough to stand the test of time and toddlers. Looking for a wide range of John Deere Ride On Toys, well then, you’ve come to the right place. You will find everything from John Deere Toy Tractors that sit and scoot to tricycles and bicycles to wagons and the ever popular 12-volt riding toys. The John Deere Ride on Tractor and Gators are sure to please your little tike.

I’m sure most shoppers looking at John Deere toys have been confused about what size to get. The popular sizes available are 1:16, 1:32 and 1:64 scale. The thing to remember is that they are 1:16, 1:32 or 1:64 the size of the actual piece of equipment. 1:16 is the largest and typically run about 8 – 12 inches long. 1:32 is another common size that runs about 6 – 10 inches long. The 1:64 scale is the smallest size that compares to a matchbox car size. This size is small enough to pack in your purse or bag for church, the doctor’s office or any place your child needs a little entertainment. Most toys in any of these sizes are perfect for a John Deere Kids Toy.

Toys for the big boys include special Collector’s Editions, Precision and Prestige Classic Editions. The Collector’s editions are made of die case metal to last for generations. These are also designed to be exact replicas of the real thing. They contain some realistic features such as opening doors and hoods, movable 3-point hitch, movable gear shift, throttle and hydraulic levers. The details on these collectible are quite remarkable. These toys are John Deere Collectibles and are for the serious collector. These toys will go up in value especially once they have stopped being produced and if they are kept in their original packaging.

As you can see there are several choices of John Deere Toy Tractors something for everyone you know

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North American Thread Types

There are many different types of threads and connectors including the North American, British, French,German and Japanese. They are identified by the geographic regions where they are utilized. Thisdocument will only address the North American or National styles of connectors.

There is a wide array of adapters available to convert one type of fitting to another. Typically, John Deere equipment utilizes O-ring Boss on transmissions or valves, JIC for hydraulic lines, NPTF on hydraulic couplers, and OFS for some cylinders.

National Pipe Tapered Thread Fuel (NPTF)

This is a dry seal type of thread; the National pipe tapered thread for fuels. This is used for both male and female ends. The NPTF male will mate with the NPTF, NPSF, or NPSM female.

The NPTF male has tapered threads and a 30° inverted seat. The NPTF female has tapered threads and no seat. The seal tales place by deformation of the threads. The NPSM female has straight threads and a 30° inverted seat. The seal takes place on the 30° seat.

National Pipe Straight Thread Fuel (NPSF)

The National pipe straight thread for fuels. This is sometimes used for female ends and properly mates with the NPTF male end. However, the SAE recommends the NPTF thread in preference to the NPSF for female ends.

National Pipe Straight Thread Mechanical (NPSM)

National pipe straight thread for mechanical joint. This is used on the female swivel nut of iron pipe swivel adapters. The leak-resistant joint is not made by the sealing fit of threads, but by a tapered seat in the coupling end.

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John DeereThe following is brochures and literature are the original sale brochures from the older popular tractors.  This includes 2 cylinder M tractors, General Purpose tractors, Waterloo Works literature, a Modern Farming literature from 1961 showing the Deere’s New Generation tractors, A, AO, AW, B, etc.  I wasn’t sure where to place some of this so I just included it all here since a couple of these deals with the 2 cylinder models.

John Deere 61 Original Sales Brochure

John Deere General Purpose Original Sales Brochure

John Deere M Original Sales Brochure

Waterloo Works Literature

Modern Farming literature from 1961

John Deere A Original Sales Brochure

John Deere AO Original Sales Brochure

John Deere AW Original Sales Brochure

John Deere B Original Sales Brochure