When I got back into town yesterday, I helped out with the recovery effort , using a Mule 550, and the venerable Case 222 to yank that stubborn loader back up the hill . We ended up having cut the driveshaft uncerimoniously from it's belly so that it would not get hung up any while towing the unit back to the garage where we could work on it.
On futher inspection in the garage, the damage includes:
Transaxle mounts are broken from the sides of the frame at the weldment.
Couplers are ground to bits, as well as anything they were bolted to.
Travel controls and related hardware are all twisted, bent or otherwise mangled.
The pump seems to be okay, though it does have a touch of endplay, but seeing as I am new to the Ford/ Jacobsens of this size, I really don't know. Any input on that from more knowledgable folks than I would be appreciated.:-)
Good news is that we have a driveshaft coming from a fella in ND, some couplers coming in from elsewhere ( Joes Outdoor Power , I believe) and all the control mounting shafts on their way as well.
Pics of the carnage, sorry about the sideways views and such, I still can't get the hang of the smartphones.
Edited by JDBrian, September 05, 2012 - 01:55 PM.