Woodruff key

Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:20 pm

Hi im new to posting here? I have a 53 cub and I m not sure on the size of Woodruff key I need to attached the tie rod to the spindle. I bought an assortment today but they are not working out.
Thank you in advance for your help

Re: Woodruff key

Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:26 pm

Welcome to the forum! :{_}: There are parts manuals available at the top of the page when you get the chance to browse. (PDF Manuals or Rudi's Manuals) Here's a link to the parts manual group 14 suspension section from Rudi's Manuals. I think you are talking about #11 which is listed as ".25" x .88" square parallel" :?
Found some notes I jotted down and I think it's a #91 Woodruff Key which is 1/4" x 3/4". TM tractor is closed for vacation until Tuesday, their website is down until then, but they have descriptions, pictures and diagrams that will help identify the correct one.

Re: Woodruff key

Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:27 pm

some were straight keys, and some of those spindles were also a half moon type

Re: Woodruff key

Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:10 pm

Take your old key to an auto parts store, such as NAPA, Carquest, etc.

Re: Woodruff key

Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:33 am

I needed a couple of curved half moon type.. Couldn't find them locally. Ground out a couple, from 1/4 inch thick lock washer. Suggested by a (pardon the expression) John Deere owner!
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Re: Woodruff key

Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:34 am

Took less than 10 minutes to make and install them. At the price of fuel, that made them a bargain! (I hate chasing parts, halfway across the state!)