A few days ago a reader wrote and asked
me if I could help him find information on how to properly install an
auxiliary hydraulic pump on his tractor. He wanted to run it off the
front of the engine’s crankshaft. Adding more hydraulic capacity to
an older tractor is something most of us have probably thought about
at one time or another.
In some cases, farmers can turn to a
Manitoba. For others, it’s completely a do-it-yourself project from
concept to completion. If you’re faced with a job like that and not a
journeyman mechanic, studying up on the topic ahead of time is a
As this year’s “Shop Class” segment
on oxyacetylene cutting in the print version of Grainews draws to a
close, I’m now deciding on what to focus on for next season. If a
hydraulic topic like that reader suggested is something you’d like to
see, let me know. Or if you have something else in mind, feel free to
In the meantime, though, I was able to
point that person to some information sources that will help him
understand how hydraulic systems are designed and how to work with
them. One of those I suggested was John Deere’s technical
publications website: http://techpubs.deere.com.
equipment operation and management titles as well.
For years now, Deere has offered
detailed mechanical training programs and text books to help train
new agricultural and construction machinery technicians. And although
I’ve known for a long time these books could be ordered by anyone,
that reader’s email prompted me to finally purchase one.
So, I logged onto Deere’s website and
placed my order for Hydraulics, Fundamentals of Service. Total
cost U.S.$ 50.95 plus a small shipping charge.The website accepted
shipment to a post office box via the U.S. Postal Service; however,
the package arrived via Purolator Courier. And there was an extra
$33.50 customs brokerage fee tacked on as a C.O.D. charge. That
suggests if you’re interested in more than one book, order them all
at the save time to save on brokerage fees.
The book was a little worse for wear
from the shipping, but there was no serious damage.
I’ve scanned through it and it covers a
pretty wide variety of subjects; everything from system fundamentals
to diagnosing and testing. All-in-all pretty good value. I’ll likely
order a few more titles in the future to add to my library.
Of course, there are other good online
sources for technical books as well, www.chapters.ca
is one. If the order value is high enough, they even offer free
shipping. If you’ve found a good book or technical information
source, post a comment to this blog and share the knowledge.