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Bob Roraback
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Postby Bob Roraback » Mon Aug 09, 2004 9:43 pm

After calling a couple of the new parts distributors to locate a new head and pittman straps for my mower I decided to repair it myself. I had 5/8" of travel in the socket, which was setting up a nasty vibration in my tractor when mowing. ( Yes, the clamp was closed). I foung that the wear was about 60 /40 with the most wear in the straps.I welded a buildup in the head and the straps with 7024 welding wire at about 75 amps which really laid on a smooth buildup and did a nice job. After some grinding and shaping of the head and straps I have the play in the socket down to nothing. I dont know if I have done any harm as far as overheating of the parts with welding but I am going to mount them tomorrow and try them out. I will post the results if anybody is interested and I would like to hear from anyone who has attempted a similar fix. Bob Roraback

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Postby parts man » Mon Aug 09, 2004 10:28 pm

Bob, you couldn't have done any harm, cause they were no good as they were! :lol: Put a good dollup of grease on the ball before you close the clamp on it. :wink:
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