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#1 DH1 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 26, 2010 - 06:14 PM

Had a friend cutting the grass on the 3 wheeler today, he must of hit something and broke the blade and spindle shaft.
Pictures show the damage.
The bearings in this spindle are noisy and rough turning also, center blade spindle.
Can't find the piece of the blade that came off anywhere.
Anybody see something like this before? First time I have.

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Posted September 26, 2010 - 07:32 PM

Ouch, did he hit a water pipe?

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Posted September 26, 2010 - 07:56 PM

Never seen a Blade break off like that before!....

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Posted September 26, 2010 - 08:36 PM

That must have made one heck of a bang what ever he hit. I have never seen a blade break like that before either. They must be a harder blade that it broke and didn't just bend like the other damaged blades I have seen.

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Posted September 27, 2010 - 04:34 AM

WOW ! Can't say that I have ever seen one of those brake like that before.

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Posted September 27, 2010 - 05:29 AM

I would love to know what he hit, I bet it didn't budge. I have hit water pipe before and it cuts the water pipe right off and the blade was fine. Just needed sharpening again LOL.

I would like to know how bar the piece that broke off got to.

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Posted September 27, 2010 - 07:49 AM

Ouch.

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Posted September 27, 2010 - 09:58 AM

Be happy that the missing piece did not hit a person, a pet or something else of value. I have seen broken blades before but it is a rare occurrence. A friend of mine does field cutting with an 8 foot Woods bush hog mower and he has snapped off blades or bent them to an unusable state. Bush Hog blades are supposed to swing back on their pivot but even that doesn't always save them.

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Posted September 27, 2010 - 08:04 PM

Luckily it was the center blade and not the right side blade by the shoot that broke, still haven't found the piece that came of.
You would think that the blades being belt driven if you hit something solid they would slip enough not to allow something like this to happen.

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Posted September 27, 2010 - 09:13 PM

Depending on angle of deflection when it broke off, the missing blade piece may be in the ground?

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Posted September 28, 2010 - 07:04 PM

I looked at your picture a little closer (great closeup BTW) It looks like the fracture started at the spot where the "notched out" point comes back in. If there was a "sharp" inside angle there that didn't get rounded off good at the factory, that was a fracture waiting to happen. I've seen that happen on overhead crane structures when there's a rough edge at a stress point! Thank God no one was injured! That was a pretty hefty chunk of shrapnel!

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Posted October 04, 2010 - 03:17 PM

dang thank god nobody was seriously injured or killed




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