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#1 4tom OFFLINE  

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Posted February 11, 2018 - 03:04 PM

I bought a used axle to replace the failing stamped steel one I have. When I got there it was the cast axle. Price was good so I bought it anyway. My Sears appears to be late 90's or early 00's, a prior owner removed the model number from the tag. No I haven't measured anything yet.

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Posted February 11, 2018 - 03:11 PM

Possible.


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Posted February 11, 2018 - 04:17 PM

I just found a how to on utube. Looks like it will work. Now I just need the time to get at it.

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Posted February 11, 2018 - 04:28 PM

What's odd is I have 2 GTV/16 tractors (this style only made between '81-'83). One has stamped axle, one has cast!


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Posted February 11, 2018 - 05:31 PM

Sounds like the manufacturer had multiple parts contractors.
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Posted February 11, 2018 - 06:52 PM

Sounds like the manufacturer had multiple parts contractors.

 

 

I'm more inclined to believe it was the accounting dept. that decided stamped steel was (cheaper) more cost effective . Raisin counters rule the world. 


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Posted February 11, 2018 - 06:52 PM

Somewhere between '81 and '83 Sears decided they could save 3 cents per hundred tractors if they changed the front axle.

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Posted February 12, 2018 - 08:03 AM

Cast is a vry common swap.

I've had 2 early to mid 90's crapsmans  crack the frame on both sides of the axle pockets. The one only ever mowed grass.


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Posted February 12, 2018 - 01:23 PM

Tahoe, when you say they cracked the frame, do you mean the stamped axle or the actual frame?
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Posted February 12, 2018 - 03:14 PM

Tahoe, when you say they cracked the frame, do you mean the stamped axle or the actual frame?

 

The actual frame, at the lower corner of the axle pocket up to the top of the frame. Looks like yours has a plate over the frame pocket whereas mine did not so might not be an issue for you. Mine looked more like the one in the video, but without those 4 bolts in it.


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Posted February 12, 2018 - 06:31 PM

That extra plate is part of the snow plow mount. I didn't notice any cracking there when I put the plow on. I guess if you make the axle stronger, it puts more load on the frame. I'll have to keep an eye on it.
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Posted February 15, 2018 - 05:12 PM

the older 90s craftsmans did have cracking issue on frame. by the time they rolled out the lt100s they changed desin to the bolt in axle housing and that seemed to improve it but doesnt help if people run into things lol



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Posted February 17, 2018 - 05:30 PM

The cast axle bolted right in. It would have been a lot easier without the plow mount hardware in the way. Now the tires are basically parallel to each other.
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