This photo has been sent in by Steven.  He has a French built MF835, which is basically very similar to the MF35 tractor (there is a modified version of the Standard 23C engine in these tractors).

When he was lifting a heavy load on the 3 point linkage there was a loud crack and the load dropped to the ground.  Steven suspected a broken lift cylinder and this turned out to be the case.  Steven suspects that ther relief valve had stuck in the closed postion, but isn’t exactly certain of what caused the cylinder to break.

Whilst the top cover is removed he is also going to refurbish the pump and check everything else.

 

Tractor hydraulic cylinder

 

This just reminds us of the magnitude of damage that can sometimes occur in powerful hydraulic systems.