Hot & humid again today. Heat index hit 106 at one point. Spent most of the day at work in the shop pulling the final drives apart on one of the Spra Coupes. Yesterday Mike was spraying 2-4-D on pasture and dropped a front wheel into the starting edge of a hole 5' deep and big enough to park a few spray rigs in. He kept hammering reverse trying to get out until he snapped both upper roller chains in both final drives. Yesterday afternoon we went to retrieve the sprayer and found both the (endless) chains had broken pins and pulled just one link apart. So we finally got the chains back on their sprockets and put in master links, which wasn't an easy job due to barely being able to fit a hand inside, but Mike got one side, then I did the other. Used our 4WD pickup to help it back out of the hole. I think a garden tractor would have been all the pull it needed as I just barely had snugged the chain & it came right out.
We got her on the trailer & brought it to the shop. Both the upper #80 and the lower #120 chains were worn and stretched, plus bushings sloppy. The center sprockets had a lot of wear to the #80 teeth. Wayne Supply charges 7 grand to rebuild both finals, so Mike & I will rebuild them ourselves. I don't think parts will be over 2 grand, or at least they shouldn't be. Replacing all 4 chains, 2 center sprockets, 4 upper roller bearings, and 4 tapered bearings in the center sprockets, plus new o-ring seals.
Then clock-out time at 5 & home I headed. Chilled a little while, then got on the John Deere F935 & started mowing. Man what a difference it made putting brand new blades on it. Even with the old blades fresh sharpened, it's never cut as nice as it does now. It's like the 22hp Yanmar has 30hp compared to before, plus SO much nicer looking cut. About 45 minutes more mowing tomorrow and all areas will be fresh mowed. Have a little more spraying to do tomorrow around the silage pits and I'll have everything in good shape.
Going to my bosses place tomorrow at 4pm, as he's having all us employees over for skeet shooting & good food. Love my job and all the people I work with!