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#1 HowardsMF155 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 09:04 AM

I learned a slightly painful lesson last week.  We had a "winter event" that left about 1.5 inches mixed ice and white stuff that vaguely resembled snow.  I'd gotten my blade on my "Dump" Massey, but was in a hurry to put the chains on.   I had to work, and there was no way I could clear the drive in the early morning or evening due to the unseasonally low temperatures we were having, so I left it in the hands of my son to clear both my drive and the drive of our elderly neighbor.  Things went well for a while:

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Early morning running RC cars on the skating rink, then clearing the drive as the sun came out:

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You can see in these pictures how the chain is starting to walk off the tire.  My wife decided not to comment, my son never noticed.  As my son was finishing the neighbor's drive, the chain came off, wrapped around the axle, damaged part of the hydro drive, and threw the drive belt off.  My attempt to get her drive clear seemed to have made things worse as the machine stopped at the street in the middle of her drive:

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I got home that evening and had to pull out another tractor, the only one that would start was the little Massey 8.  So I put the 12 hydro in neutral, used the low gear on the 8, and slowly pulled the 12 back into my yard.  

 

I got into it this weekend to inspect the damage, which could have been much worse:

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The belt took a few nicks also, so I'll replace that while I'm this far into it.  I'm also taking the opportunity to clean and paint the seat pan, foot rests and other bits that I removed.  Once this end is buttoned up, I'll pull the hood and grill, service the engine for spring, then paint the hood and grill.

 


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 10:04 AM

The rubber bands make a big difference when the chains are a little loose. You can make the bands from old tire tubes. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 01:52 PM

Wow, if that was the only piece that got damaged, I would say you were very lucky.
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Posted February 23, 2015 - 04:30 PM

Sorry for your troubles, sometimes stuff happens.

Can you bend that bracket back into shape?

All it does is hold the belt tensioner in place.


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 09:31 PM

Sorry for your troubles, sometimes stuff happens.

Can you bend that bracket back into shape?

All it does is hold the belt tensioner in place.

I probably could bend it back into shape, but it looks like the weld took a beating as well.  Little part like that, I'll look around and see if I can find one somewhere, if not I can work on it then.

 

Wow, if that was the only piece that got damaged, I would say you were very lucky.


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Posted March 04, 2015 - 06:31 AM

It looks easy enough to fix.



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Posted March 04, 2015 - 07:45 AM

 

You can see in these pictures how the chain is starting to walk off the tire.  My wife decided not to comment, my son never noticed.

 

You can see where this could have been avoided. How many times has she "decided not to comment" to you? Hmmm? How many?



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Posted April 05, 2015 - 07:22 PM

I hear that it is an ill wind that blows no good, and that was true in this case.  In order to have a clear shot at the bracket and to replace the  damaged drive belt, I pulled off the seat, foot rests and associated tins.  Cleaning up and painting these items has been on my list for quite some time, so I cleaned everything up with a wire brush and painted it.  I tried a couple of metalic grays, the one I liked best was the Duplicolor Wheel paint, Graphite.  Two coats, then clear coat over everything and it really looks a lot sharper.GE 093.JPG GE 089.JPG GE 088.JPG

 

Now of course, I will have to pull the front apart and paint it, but right now I need to plow my garden, and my neighbor wants to plow hers.


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