clodhopper wrote:bob in CT wrote:The oil hole went away when the production line at The Torrington Company was bought out and shut down. You will have to use the bearing that is available.
Any reason why the hole was done away with, or was it just a money saving production thing? Any idea if anyone other than Harold R has taken all the measurements and tried to find a suitable cross? Longevity of the new bearing? I just dont see any info like that on this site, and if it isnt on this site, I dont think I will find it anywhere....
Timken bought and closed the factory. Some lines they moved others were scrapped and if Timken was already making the bearing without the hole and no more capacity was required, then it was a casulty of the buyout like all the people that worked there. Putting the hole in was one step in the process that probably did not add up to the bean counters if IH was the primary reason for that feature to begin with. I am sure that is all that there was to it.
If IH is selling it that is what they recommend. The original design lasted 60 years in tractors with milkshake emulsion in many trannies for lubricant. I would not lost any sleep over it but I would maintain the lube inspection/change schedule per Factory recommendations.