Two weeks ago this coming Sunday I got up early as it was actually cool enough that I could function outside. The brush cutter was already on the Fergie and the yard was needing mowed. Figured I'd finish with the rough cut mower then switch over to the finish mower for the yard. Mowed just a little on the right of way and had to cross a pretty good ditch so I shut the PTO off. Crossed the ditch, turned the PTO on and... nothing.... I sheared the shaft inside the tractor rearend. Don't quite know how because the PTO was off at the time. I got talent!!! Must have twisted the tractor chassis and the shaft must have already been cracked. I know the shaft was bent. I did that myself a few years ago.
Had to fire up the Super C farmall to mow the yard. It hadn't been started in 3 years. As usual it performed flawlessly and actually does a better job mowing and does it quicker with less fuel.
Ordered the part from Steiner - then - found it for less than half price elsewhere on the net.
Live and learn.
Here is the broken shaft.
I guess the pin through the shaft weakens it enough thats the "shear pin" to save other gears and shafts inside the tranny.
Poor design if you ask me. There is a shear-pin on the brush cutters PTO shaft.
Super easy to change out. UPS delivered the part Tuesday. I installed it immediately and put the rough mower back on. The marijuana around here was about 12 feet high and that stuff is super tough to cut.
Tonight I was finishing up just after dark with the lights on and some of the plants caught the rear work light wire on the tractor. My lights went real dim and when I looked down the wire was glowing red! Very nearly caught the tractor on fire. I killed the switch but it was melted inside and the lights stayed on.
3 feet of wire and a new switch and I believe all will be OK.
When I rewire it there will be a fuse in the line somewhere.