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Agri Supply Shanks vs Restoration

Postby PVF1799 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:43 pm

I ended up getting all the shanks I needed (Short, Intermediate and Long) on eBay for an average price of $35 each w/shipping. Now that seems reasonable enough - except that I've spent most of today - getting the trip mechanisms and the adjusting bolts turning. I love restoring the old IH steel so I can keep Rex'48 as pure as possible, but these shanks that I restored may be the last - given that I can purchase new ones from Agri Supply for $49 each.

These would be ones I would properly lubricate and store indoors. I really cannot believe the abuse, lack of maintenance and lubrication these units have endured. I'm sure the Agri Supply Shanks are made in China or some PacRim country, but.......there is just so much time available to restore things.

If you've used Agri Supply Shanks I'd like to hear from you - especially if you've used original equipment shanks also so you can compare.
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Re: Agri Supply Shanks vs Restoration

Postby Super A » Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:48 pm

They're a little bit better than nothing. I had two long ones on the back of the Cub. I broke the adjustment on one the first time I tried to use it. The other one is still going strong, but the quality is definitely lacking compared to the IH. They work ok for occasional garden use.
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Re: Agri Supply Shanks vs Restoration

Postby Wagon19 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:02 am

Ken, I have hillier disk and shanks from agri supply which I purchased a few years ago. They are better than nothing and will get the job done. The adjustments on the shanks have not worked out well. After many adjustments to the trip mechanism,
They still trip moving through the well conditioned soil. Last year I made a trip to Burlington, NC to pick up some shanks found on eBay. The guy has hundreds of shanks stored in enclosed trailers along with every cultivator part. He is proud of his parts, but they are original. Cultivating my garden now with the original article, much better result.

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Re: Agri Supply Shanks vs Restoration

Postby smallfarm » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:47 pm

We tried the Agri Supply shanks a few years ago. They were realllllly nice about taking them all back -- including the ones that broke in the first hour or so of use. They admitted to having a "production quality problem" and said that the shanks were "reworked." All I know is that the rivets holding the shanks to the trip mechanism were not centered on the shaft. If I remember right, the bottom one was almost to the edge of the metal. We had several bend/ break at that rivet.
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