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Landing gear legs

Jun 02, 2016 at 09:23 AM CST
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I have a 2003 Timpte hopper and am having trouble with the landing gear legs moving up and down. It's gotten really hard to lower them and bring them up. Wondering what you use or do to help this problem.
Replied on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 11:11 AM CST
Look on the side of the column where the legs come out of.. There should be one or two grease fittings on each leg.. Pump quite a bit of grease in each one.. And after you crank up a few times it will get better.. Also grease every day that you use the landing legs as when they go up and down they will be distributing the grease all along the legs.. Until it gets like it was when you got the trailer.. Then squirt in a few pumps every time you grease your trailer.. Good luck.. You werent the first to have this problem..
Replied on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 03:52 PM CST
On our trailers that have "Jost" brand legs on them: take the zerk fittings out up top, drill and tap the hole for a 5/16" thread bolt, take a quart oil bottle with one of the pointed caps you can cut part of the tip off and fill them with oil, then install a bolt in the hole to seal it back up. If they are "Binkley" brand legs, then the collar around the bottom of the upper housing of the leg(where they leg cranks up into) could be rusted and swelled. Take an air chisel with a blunt tip and hammer on the leg to break the rust out out of the collar so that it isnt swollen as tight on the part that cranks down out of that housing.
Replied on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 05:39 PM CST
Originally Posted by: BEN HARBISON
Quote: "On our trailers that have "Jost" brand legs on them: take the zerk fittings out up top, drill and tap the hole for a 5/16" thread bolt, take a quart oil bottle with one of the pointed caps you can cut part of the tip off and fill them with oil, then install a bolt in the hole to seal it back up. If they are "Binkley" brand legs, then the collar around the bottom of the upper housing of the leg(where they leg cranks up into) could be rusted and swelled. Take an air chisel with a blunt tip and hammer on the leg to break the rust out out of the collar so that it isnt swollen as tight on the part that cranks down out of that housing."

With oil that flows with gravity.. How do you lubricate the gears that are above the now oil fillers?
Replied on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 at 03:01 PM CST
Thanks for replies. I had been greasing the legs but probably should do it more often. Also probably should run the legs up & down more often. If that doesn't work may just put some new legs on.
Replied on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 at 03:19 PM CST
Originally Posted by: STEVE HALL
Quote: "Thanks for replies. I had been greasing the legs but probably should do it more often. Also probably should run the legs up & down more often. If that doesn't work may just put some new legs on."

You think your putting in enough grease.. But it takes alot the first few times... When you crank down the legs.. You should see a coating of grease on the legs..and hopefully they will get easier.. Also grease the gear box where the crank is.. And also on the top of the legs is normally a cover with a zerk fiting on it for greasing the gears..
Replied on Sat, Jun 04, 2016 at 09:23 PM CST
my wilson hopper and East end dump have the old fashion pin landing gear. They are so much nicer in the winter and pretty much do not require any maintenance