Edited by olcowhand, May 31, 2010 - 09:52 PM.
John Deere LA165 Front Axle Beam
Posted May 31, 2010 - 08:28 PM
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Posted June 01, 2010 - 05:42 AM
That's interesting Daniel. I've never seen cast iron bend before either! Seen lots of it break before but never bend. It must be mixed with elastic filler material !!!!!
Posted June 01, 2010 - 06:48 AM
Thankfully, these axles can be heated to cherry red, straightened and then cooled very slowly. Whenever I go and look at a Case I'm thinking of buying, this is one item on my list of things to check out. What Dan described is certainly extreme so it is instantly noticable. While many of you may have not encountered something as extreme as the bent axle on Dan's SIL's tractor, I'd be willing to bet that other brands of tractors that use cast iron front axles do get bent/twisted SLIGHTLY but that damage goes unnoticed. I have brought bent/twisted axles to the attention of sellers I've encountered and most of them are surprised to find this out. Often, they bought the tractor that way and just thought that the hard steering was normal.
Posted June 01, 2010 - 07:55 AM
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