I bought an Ariens GT18 tractor with a 42 inch mower earlier this year. The previous owner did some "jury rigging"--most of which I corrected soon after I got it.
One thing I wasn't aware of, though was that the U-joint yoke on tractor side of the mower drive shaft isn't a collar type quick connect. It has a hole bored crosswise to, and off center of the shaft. It looks like the same setup used on a full sized rear PTO--you press a spring loaded button and the lock pin slides to a cutaway section that allows you to pull the shaft off.
In this case, the button isn't there, and the owner resorted to peening the end of the PTO shaft with a hammer to keep the yoke from slipping off----Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!
I managed to clean up the shaft with a Dremel enough to get the yoke off, but now I'm not sure how to hold the yoke on the PTO shaft. The cross hole in the yoke is .200"--to big for 3/16" and too small for 1/4". It's also drilled fairly close to the outer diameter, so drilling it out for a 1/4 inch pin may cause it to break out.
Has anyone seen a setup like this???
No regular bolts or roll pins will work to hold it on... would a snug cotter pin work? ??? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Edited by Utah Smitty, August 21, 2015 - 10:45 PM.