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Front Axle Swap Question

Postby lyle11 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:19 pm

I need to swap my Lowboy front axle from a fixed to an adjustable. I searched and did not see my specific question discussed so if it has been please direct me to the topic. I have a Woods 42 mower mounted. I realize I can remove the mower and support the tractor at the bell housing. My question is: Is it safe and are the parts strong enough for me to run a steel pipe supported by a jack stand on each side run through the rectangular opening in the Steering Gear Housing. I figured with the wheels removed the jack stands would be positioned roughly where the wheels are located with a fixed axle. I haven’t measured the opening but I am estimating a 1.5” pipe would fit through. Once I removed the pin and put the new axle in place I would move the jack stands under the axle so, whether it matters or not, I would have it supported like this for maybe an hour. Thanks

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Re: Front Axle Swap Question

Postby Urbish » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:29 pm

It depends on the wall thickness of the tubing, but I would say yes. A cub has approximately 571 lbs on the front wheels. Since your tube idea will be slightly behind the front wheels, the tube will be carrying a little more weight than that. I would do this without hesitation if the tubing had a wall thickness of 1/8" or more. This all assumes that you set your mower down on the floor or set it on 4x4's so that your rig isn't supporting its weight as well.
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Re: Front Axle Swap Question

Postby jsfarmall » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:51 pm

As far as the cub holding the weight I don't see why not. That part takes alot of abuse from the front blade and cultivators that go there. Just make sure your tubing can handle it. And like said before set your mower on the ground to lessen the weight.
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Re: Front Axle Swap Question

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:58 pm

jsfarmall wrote:As far as the cub holding the weight I don't see why not. That part takes alot of abuse from the front blade and cultivators that go there. Just make sure your tubing can handle it. And like said before set your mower on the ground to lessen the weight.

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Re: Front Axle Swap Question

Postby lyle11 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:29 am

Thanks for your replies. I am gonna wait for warmer weather to do the swap, but I will make sure I lower the mower and disconnect the linkage.

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Re: Front Axle Swap Question

Postby inairam » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:51 am

Completely remove the bolts holding the pivot pin before trying to drive out the pin. You have to remove the bolts because there are scallops cut out of the pin that the bolt rest in and keep the pin from coming out. Do not hit the pin directly with metal. Use a hardwood dowel or the pin will mushroom.
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Re: Front Axle Swap Question

Postby Bob McCarty » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:57 am

inairam wrote: Use a hardwood dowel or the pin will mushroom.

A brass punch will work too.
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Re: Front Axle Swap Question

Postby lyle11 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:30 am

Thanks again for all of the good information. I probably will do this in March or April unless I get a couple of warm days. I’ll let you know how it goes after I do it.

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Re: Front Axle Swap Question

Postby Dale Finch » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:40 am

...or wait 'til the Barnyard Bash and get some help doing it there! :D


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