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    Hello, this is my first post and I'm hoping someone out there can help as I'm in trouble!
    I have an old Hitachi EX15 which I'm using for some fairly light landscaping work on my property. It's been working fine, but yesterday it stopping swinging to the left. Everything else works ok (reverse travel is a bit slow and needs max revs). I've swopped the left and right swing hoses on the control lever so prove the problem is not there. I've now run out of ideas, can anyone suggest where to look next?

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    is it servos?
    if so swapping hoses at the control lever could have all sorts of results. ...... I assume it has made no difference??

    It's an odd fault for sure?

    as it's the same motor with a reversed flow for slew left/right, it's unlikely to be the motor ?? More likely to be a control issue
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by v8druid View Post
    is it servos?
    if so swapping hoses at the control lever could have all sorts of results. ...... I assume it has made no difference??

    It's an odd fault for sure?

    as it's the same motor with a reversed flow for slew left/right, it's unlikely to be the motor ?? More likely to be a control issue
    Thanks for your input.
    When I swopped the hoses all that happened was that I could slew right by moving the lever left, still nothing in the other direction. At least it showed that the left swing valve was working.

    When I try to swing left there is no change in noise from the engine or anything else, and the control lever feels dead, it just seems like absolutely nothing is happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nic9 View Post
    Thanks for your input.
    When I swopped the hoses all that happened was that I could slew right by moving the lever left, still nothing in the other direction. At least it showed that the left swing valve was working.

    When I try to swing left there is no change in noise from the engine or anything else, and the control lever feels dead, it just seems like absolutely nothing is happening.
    the left swing servo unit is functioning ..... and also the right from when plumbed correctly.
    you need to swap the hoses over from the main valve block .... either at the block or at the motor.

    if it slews left ..... but not right, it's either the servo control at the main valve, or the main valve itself.

    first port of call if that happens would be the servo actuator on the valve block ..... much easier than delving into the main block and almost certainly the issue
    probably just not actuating the main spool.

    let us know how you get on
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by v8druid View Post
    the left swing servo unit is functioning ..... and also the right from when plumbed correctly.
    you need to swap the hoses over from the main valve block .... either at the block or at the motor.

    if it slews left ..... but not right, it's either the servo control at the main valve, or the main valve itself.

    first port of call if that happens would be the servo actuator on the valve block ..... much easier than delving into the main block and almost certainly the issue
    probably just not actuating the main spool.

    let us know how you get on


    Thanks again for your input. The picture shows the nightmare below the seat, the hose with the red tape is the left swing from the control lever (front of cab is to left of pic). Are you saying there is a servo somewhere in there that I can remove without taking the whole lot out? I'll try swopping the motor hoses first though.




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    Its not some physical problem, like the slew transport pin dropped down (if it has one) ? can you go 360 to the right but nothing at all on the left ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muz View Post
    Its not some physical problem, like the slew transport pin dropped down (if it has one) ? can you go 360 to the right but nothing at all on the left ?
    Yes, it goes all the way round to the right but nothing to the left. Nothing at all happens when I try to go left, no noise or change in engine noise and the lever feels dead.

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    Ok .. what about a pilot mechanism problem .. lift the boot off the left control lever , are all the pilot valves sticking up ? mess about with the left hand one that controls the left slew ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muz View Post
    Ok .. what about a pilot mechanism problem .. lift the boot off the left control lever , are all the pilot valves sticking up ? mess about with the left hand one that controls the left slew ?
    he's swapped the pipes over Muz to prove the pilots on the stick

    I'd be swapping pipes on the motor .... looking at that rat's nest under the seat

    trying to remove a servo cylinder (or two) off the main block'd be a 'kin 'mare in that lot

    swapping motor pipes'd at least prove motor functionality .... then it'd either be .... servo / main valve fault, at the block ...... or crushed hose even
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nic9 View Post
    Hello, this is my first post and I'm hoping someone out there can help as I'm in trouble!
    I have an old Hitachi EX15 .........

    this old ???


    or more this age?

    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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