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#1 shorty ONLINE  



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Posted April 20, 2014 - 03:14 PM

Yesterday, after a long and stressful day. I thought I would take the S-16 for a short workout in the garden. My plans were to run the cultivator through it and stirr it a bit to help it dry out. After several passes to get the cultivator set right, it was finally going good. Then, a loud snap between my legs, brought all things to a halt. Drive shaft broke off resulting in a buch of carnage underneath. 

Broke drive shaft 2014-04-20 001.JPG Broke drive shaft 2014-04-20 002.JPG Broke drive shaft 2014-04-20 003.JPG


In its split second path of terror, it managed to snap one hydraulic line, crush another beyond repair, tried to crush the oil filter. Wouldn't surprise me if the shaft got bent also. I didn't get time to tear it apart to check the engine side at all yet. So who knows what all might be messed up there. So the tired little LT got the job of pulling it back into the shed where it will sit for a while til I find time to tear into it. Almost thought I was going to have to call a neighbor to come over and pull with his Gravely, but the little tractor got it done.

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 03:18 PM

Sorry to see the damage.  I see it uses the same style "flex-plates" as many Allis Chalmers use.   I've never trusted those plates.  If there is a way to change it to a universal joint, that's how I would repair it.

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 03:21 PM

Sorry to hear about the carnage.  Hopefully it won't be to bad to repair.

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 03:27 PM

I've never had one of those fail, but I see the potential there, I'm with the previous poster, u-joints if you can.

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 03:29 PM

Sorry to see that! Wow that's nasty. I thought stuff like that only happened to me.  Noel

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 03:53 PM

   OOOHHHHH that looks painful, Hopefully the damage is limited to that end.  It is amazing how much damage can be done it the time it takes to hit the key and shut thing of.  Hope the repairs aren't to costly.

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 05:55 PM

It can be brought back to life!imagesCANG2D4S.jpg


Sorry to hear of the misfortune.

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 06:14 PM

Ouch! I hope you post your repair for future reference.

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 07:00 PM

Maybe when you fix it, you could fabricate a guard to prevent that kind of damage again.

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 10:11 PM

That's too bad. Feel bad for you. 

The fiber disc can be replaced with two or three layers of sheet metal stacked together. I did this on one tractor (kubota) and have had no problems with it yet. Just cut them the same shape as the fiber disc and drill the holes the same. They need to lay flat with each other when bolted together so remove all burs or imperfections. 

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Posted April 20, 2014 - 10:17 PM

Wow, sorry to hear and see the carnage. Hope the shaft is OK. Glad the tunnel held up and you werent hurt.
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Posted April 21, 2014 - 05:45 PM

It will be a week or two til I get it tore down complete. It is a really busy time for us right now, so a few things gotta slide to the back burner. I think I will check out some of those suggestions above. It wonders me now if the fiber disc was the problem or if it shattered because of another problem.

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 09:07 PM

What a bummer!!! For your sake I hope the damage is kept to a minimal and didn't cause other issues you can't see

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 09:30 PM


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 09:11 AM

Dang it man!!!!!


That would suck.


When you find out where to find a replacement fanblade please let me know, mine is trashed like yours now is. :wallbanging:

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