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Anyone ever think about fabbing a new front axle?


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#1 Diesel1050 ONLINE  

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Posted June 27, 2016 - 05:23 PM

Bolens are sturdy. As all hell! That being said, the attatchment tabs on the front axle worry me. With it being cast, (Which I can't weld!), I am tempted to build a steep front axle so I can hang a Sears 2-stage snowblowet attachment off it. This will go on my H-16 with an 18 HP twin repower. Anyone else think of this? Am I nuts?

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Posted June 27, 2016 - 05:58 PM

I'd wait and worry about it after it breaks.  That way if it never breaks you won't be worrying for no reason. 

Also,  its not a rare axle so a used replacement should be easy to find in the event you need one. 

 

I've never seen one that had those tabs broken.  I used to have a G14 and ran a non-trip Wheel Horse blade on it.  I wound up breaking the entire cast iron nose assembly off the front of the tractors frame but those mounting tabs held. 


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Posted June 27, 2016 - 06:05 PM

When I got my H14 the bolts through the tubes were broken but everything else on the axle was okay. Four easing out and four new bolts and it was good to go. If it aint broke, don't fix it. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted June 27, 2016 - 06:16 PM

If used properly with OEM attachments there's no way those tabs are ever going to break. The only way you really break things on these machines is overloading them with things they were not designed to do.



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Posted June 27, 2016 - 06:23 PM

Yes! Your are Nuts! :poke:



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Posted June 27, 2016 - 06:48 PM

Well, not completely nuts. If you just want a custom tubular axle to be kool, I can understand.


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Posted June 27, 2016 - 07:26 PM

If used properly with OEM attachments there's no way those tabs are ever going to break. The only way you really break things on these machines is overloading them with things they were not designed to do.

 

I've only ever seen one of those tabs broken and the machine had a Haban sickle mower on it.



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Posted June 27, 2016 - 08:38 PM

I need to get you an engineering flow chart. The first question is: is it broke? No? Leave it alone. Yes? Did you break it? Yes? Oh crap. No? No problem. Does anyone know you broke it? Yes? Oh crap? No? No problem.

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Posted June 28, 2016 - 08:09 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. My one worry was wanting to mount the 46" 2-stage blower I have on it, that's actually why I bought the tractor in the first place. (Yes I bought a tractor just to run a specific attatchment!) I most likely will end up making a bracket that loops over the frame, under the engine.

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