Forgive Me: I Dug Out My Welder

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Forgive Me: I Dug Out My Welder

Post by CuttingEdge » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:43 pm

Suffering snot balls I have had a heck of a time lately.

It all started last summer when I replaced the front idlers on my JD 350D. I screwed up and let the track adjuster ball come out, and while I replaced it, I never could get it to seat and keep my tracks tight, so I just jammed a length of angle bar between the adjuster and trunnion: note to self; never do that again!

When it was warm out it was fine, but when it got down to zero degrees and I was logging, it broke the ear off one of the track adjusters. I considered myself lucky and warned, it could have damaged my final drives. Still that was when the fun started.

I got some new track adjusters, but I could not pound my track pins out. I beat on one pin for two days and made 1/4 inch progress. t one point I had (2) 20 ton jacks pressing on it and it still would not budge. I chained my idler to the blade and angled it to stretch it as far as I could, but it was a few inches short of getting the old track adjuster out. That was no big deal, I just put a cut off wheel on my grinder and cut off the rod.

To install the new one, I just cut the rod on that just after the trunnion, but just before the spring. In retrospect I should have adjusted the track for tightness, added an even longer rod then what comes standard, but I was not thinking. Well the track adjuster advanced the track, but after a day of logging it would slack back off. No good!

I got a guy that wants 45 cord of firewood, so I got to get in the woods. Finally after messing around today (it was raining and warm...a perfect day to work on dozers), I just put some bar stock behind the front idler and welded it. There; no more track adjuster issues!

My dozer has very few welds on it which is why I bought it, and the last thing I want to do is start welding it all up, but I had had enough. I almost wished my dozer had threaded adjusters at this point!
I have no intention of traveling to my grave in a well manicured body; instead I am going to slide into heaven with a big power turn, totally wore out with busted knuckles, jump off my dozer loudly yelling, Woo Hoo, another Shepard has just arrived!

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Post by Lavoy » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:03 am

Blow into each end of the master pin with a torch being careful not to cut the link itself. Let cool, and they drive right out. Master pins are cheap, your time is worth something.
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