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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted August 29, 2015 - 09:49 PM

I was back filling a trench the we had put some tile in. While I was using the FEL on the roper, the pulley on the pump split and the shaft snapped off.

AGAIN???? :wtf:

I finally figured it out.

It is a cumulative amount of slop that starts with the mule drive being a little worn, the front frame attachment points moving about an 1/8", the rears being OEM slots instead of holes, and the pins all being worn.

The biggies were the pins and the front mule drive.

Ryan and I determined that the amount of slop in the 1/2" front pins is unfixable. Anything we came up with would have been a temporary cobble.

We decided to go up a size and go from those quick change pins to grade 5 bolts. We found bolt that were the right length to have the unthreaded part thru the brackets.
Here are pics of the fronts, pins vs bolts.
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The rears were a bit more of a challenge
On the brackets, the slots were all there was from the factory. There was one more layer of steel that wasn't involved.

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We decided to go with the same size 5/8 bolts, but go thru the bracket, mount, second half of bracket, a new spacer, and then thru the new part of the mount. Took all the slop out of the loader frame.
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The next piece of the puzzle was to take the slop out of the mule drive front brace.
The front bolts were holding fine, but the slop in the slots towards the rear of the mule drive was allowing for motion.

We spitballed about welding the channels to fill in the wear, but that was only half. Also, the pins are welded in and not able to be fixed without literally flipping the tractor on its side.
Decided to drill a hole (wince) thru the frame and putting in a 1/2" bolt on each side to eliminate the slop.
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It now feels like it should
The pulley, I was able to save the weldable hub, bought a new 3.5" weldable pulley and I'm waiting for the pump parts to put it back in operation
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Posted August 29, 2015 - 10:03 PM

Yay, you fixed it, now when do you deliver it to WV? Lol

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Posted August 29, 2015 - 10:04 PM

  Good fix!! If you ever need to re-bush a 1/2" hole, 1/2" schedule 80 pipe is a pretty good fit. It's what I use to build gate hinges.

                                 Mike


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Posted August 29, 2015 - 10:15 PM

Looks to me like you should of started drinking milk before noon.


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Posted August 29, 2015 - 10:35 PM

Looks to me like you should of started drinking milk before noon.


That reminds me, I have a beer in the fridge.
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Posted August 30, 2015 - 05:23 AM

That should have tightened things up! I would have done the same!


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Posted August 30, 2015 - 07:26 AM

Good solid repair guys.  Hate that it broke the pump shaft.  Got a line on another?


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Posted August 30, 2015 - 07:37 AM

Good solid repair guys. Hate that it broke the pump shaft. Got a line on another?

Yeah, kinda a wallbanging moment.
They want $50 for one or $58 for two due to minimum order.
I ordered two...
BUT, they only have one in stock, so I get to either wait three weeks or pay two UPS charges.
I'm paying two UPS charges. I need the darned thing.

I mentioned to the lady that I deal with ordering all the time. And if a company wants to sell something and has to back order, they dont double charge the full UPS, oftentimes they waive the second.
I also mentioned this particular level of 'customer service' doesn't breed 'customer loyalty'.
She was taken aback, but then said I am the first person EVER to say anything..... Right.
As near as I can tell, they are still building the pumps here so I won't give their name out in a negative fashion... Also, I probably should feel lucky they sell shafts at all.

Anyways, two shafts on the way, just in case.
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Posted August 30, 2015 - 09:55 AM

What happened to "the customer is always right"?

People selling things are now beyond defensive, they go on attack.  Even in little ways just to trip you up in a discussion

Recently a guy told me "Nobody has ever talked to me like that in my life."  He was in real estate and i was just telling the truth about how he dropped the ball.  He didn't answer my questions just used that line.  So i figured there's not much truth in that business if nobody ever told it to him.

Another guy started yelling and swearing at me, calling me names.  He said "you're the only @hole that's ever said anything bad about my tractors."  I pointed out some major snafus in his gt not mentioned in the ad.  Things that were about to go "boom"  The guy had a major screw loose and i learned a long time ago if someone is aggressive he's usually full of it.

Sorry for your frustration, glad you figured it out


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Posted September 05, 2015 - 06:44 PM

Got the new shaft in the mail.


You can see where the old one broke
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I also had to take the seal and bearing out so I could get the c clips back on the shaft.
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Done at dark last night
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So, here is the unit in full operation

I had to weld a bar across the front to keep the boards from curling up. The only good way to get the front end of the trailer in where I needed it was to pull it in with the Roper. I smiled a lot last night, but didnt have a photographer until today
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Posted September 05, 2015 - 07:11 PM

Yay Alan. Ok, time to quit breaking it and give it some respect lol.
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Posted September 05, 2015 - 07:39 PM

These little loaders are the handiest tool one can have! 


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Posted September 05, 2015 - 07:42 PM

Good Stuff  :thumbs: 


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Posted September 06, 2015 - 03:37 AM

Glad it's working again!


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