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I have a 646 and am wondering if anyone else modified the travel pedal, I lost my right leg and tweaked the pedal somewhat and there is an improvement, but I am not real happy with it. My son even thought the original was very uncomfortable to use. I don't want to go to a hand lever although I know it would work by using the pedal while loading and rolling back the bucket and the hand lever for travel.

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Hi Ted: I went into the garage a couple times and looked at my 646 to perhaps think of some ideas. The foot pedal system seems pretty complicated, banana plate, etc. On my fishing boat I had a hydraulic valve with spring return that ran my net reel. I had a looped piece of rope hanging down to the deck from the lever and I would put my foot in it and be able to pull out fish from the net with two hands and simultaneously power the hydraulic net reel forward with my foot. The spring return was for safety so I wouldn't get pulled up into the net drum. It was a pretty easy lever and I can't remember any fatigue on my foot after working as much as 10 hours. But it seems like it would be a pretty involved conversion on a 600 series.
Could a spring be somehow fixed to the pedal to make it easier to push down? For safety it would still need to return no question. Just some thoughts.
:222: :446: Best Regards, Rich
 

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Rich,
It is not the operation of the pedal where I find a problem, it is the placement of the pedal. The foot is at a strange angle when using it and the hydraulic lines for left lift ram is in close proximity to it. I was thinking of trying to change the angle of the pedal itself, so that while using it, the leg is in a more natural position. This might just be because I have the artificial leg which does not allow for any sideways motion.

I'm in the process of getting a heated workshop built so I will be able to work on this during the winter months when it not be used daily.

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Ted Miller said:
I have a 646 and am wondering if anyone else modified the travel pedal, I lost my right leg and tweaked the pedal somewhat and there is an improvement, but I am not real happy with it. My son even thought the original was very uncomfortable to use. I don't want to go to a hand lever although I know it would work by using the pedal while loading and rolling back the bucket and the hand lever for travel.

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Ted
Ted, I am very sorry...I told you a while ago that I would post the mod I did on my 648 to swap the travel pedal from the right to the left side.It is actually very simple to do.I used a pc. of 3/4" cold rolled rod bent up.The travel pedal goes all the way through the frame.All you have to do is extend it out so it lines up with the outer edge of the left foot rest.I cut off the brake pedal and made a hand brake out of the same CR rod.I used a pc. of 3/4" ID .120 wall DOM tubing as a sleeve with a set screw.It works great....very comfortable.I took out the travel pedal assembly,cut it back 3" and welded on a 6" pc. of 3/4" CR.This extends the rod out through the bushing on the frame and allows you to make up a sleeve w/ setscrews to attach your bent up pedal extension.I will try to post a couple of pics tonight...I hope this helps.
 

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Here are 3 pictures Ted. I am going to change the orientation of the pedal as soon as I get my new welder going...my "ex" welder screwed up.:roll:please ignore the fuel pump in the pics...I am in the process of rebuilding the carb,resealing the intake and doing the valves ect.Hope this helps!:usa: :usa: :usa:
 

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Great...glad to help. :thumbsup: Let me know if you have any more questions.I took the travel pedal shaft out and took it to the steel place to use as a pattern....just bent it up the opposite way.
 
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