I was traveling and looked at a YM226D today, just for fun. You can never have too many, right? Not a bad looking machine overall, but it seems to have some issues with powershift and hydraulic performance. I hope some poor sucker doesn't get burned on it.
- hydraulic pump makes substantial noise (whine/howl) above idle
- loader seems sluggish (i.e. slow)
- loader did not easily lift front end of machine, seemed to have to "think about it awhile"
- powershift engagement sluggish, took a second or so for it to kick into a gear and then it seemed "soft"
- power steering seemed to get briefly "stuck" sometimes, then would come loose and move easily and smoothly
- 3 pt lifted ok with a mower attached, but not lifting very far
I'm pretty sure the powershift tranny has its own pump, so I wouldn't think a failing main pump would affect the shifting. The main pump on this machine has a spin-on filter, which could cause the loader problems, but probably not the powershift. Do the two pumps share the same strainer? If so, I'm thinking pump cavitation due to a clogged strainer. That seems to be supported by the fact that the tranny fluid looked pretty good before start but seemed to have air entrapped after running a while. But what would be plugging a strainer on a relatively low hour machine? [Note: this is apparently NOT a VN rebuild... bought new locally with paperwork.] My 2210D had very little crud, and I suspect it's had a much harder life.
Is the power steering a factory option? I don't see parts listed on Hoye...
One other thing I wondered about... This machine has turf tires on the back and sort of ag tread tires (in what looks like a turf size--wider than R-1). The owner said the front tires were completely worn out when he got it. Does it seems possible someone mismatched sizes and damaged the powershift clutches? 13.6-16 rear and 25x8.50-14 front. Anyone know if that is a correct pairing?
Appreciate thoughtful comments. I'm not sure how interested I am in this machine with the risk of mechanical problems, but doesn't hurt to learn!