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solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby dengel154 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:58 pm

So my shifter ball failed like many other have experienced. I'm wondering if a solid 1/2 ball can be made and the original shaft
set screwed inside it, or some other fastening method other than welding which limits fatigue life of the assembly.
Has anyone attempted this or is one available as an aftermarket part?

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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:38 pm

TM Tractor (forum sponsor at the bottom of the page) sells new ones (both straight and bent shifter).
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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby Barnyard » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:07 pm

Hamilton Bob, another site sponsor also has them. https://hamiltonbobs.com/cart/product/g ... /cub-mm227
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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby BigBill » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:27 pm

A welder can build the ball back up then file it like new again. Using a TIG welder with hard face rod.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby Barnyard » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:37 pm

BigBill wrote:A welder can build the ball back up then file it like new again. Using a TIG welder with hard face rod.

dengel154 wrote:or some other fastening method other than welding

It looks like he has ruled that out as an option and is looking for other ideas.
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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby dengel154 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:08 pm

Bob McCarty wrote:TM Tractor (forum sponsor at the bottom of the page) sells new ones (both straight and bent shifter).


The TM site says it is not for the cub 154 but I like the looks of the solid ball. The shaft extension for the shifter knob is clearly short and would have to be lengthened. Do you think this is the way to go. The cost seems reasonable given the amount of time I would have into it to make it from scratch?

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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby Bob McCarty » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:55 pm

In looking at the 154 parts manual, I'm not sure that shifter will fit. I don't have a numbered LoBoy, so someone else may have to answer if the TM replacement will work or not. You might also call HamiltonBob's or JP Tractor Salvage and see if they have a used one for sale. I suppose you could drill and tap a ball and the shaft and attach the ball with a countersunk bolt, but I'm not sure how durable that would be.
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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby Shane Nelson » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:58 pm

I agree with Bob. Not sure how strong it would be threading a ball onto it. The minor diameter of the threads would be the weakest link and you don’t want it breaking off, that could be dangerous for the operator.
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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby BigBill » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:31 pm

Give me a welder and I file I can repair anything.

Swedish Miller,,,,,,,file. Rough file it, Stone it, polish it 1500 paper.

I guess were losing the old farmers with their fixes. Lol

There’s a reason my cousin who ran the family farm had a 600watt diesel powered welder on the truck. He’s one of the last real farms in southern, ct.

Funny I was talking with my bil the other day and he remembers when I tore a hurst shifter out of the floor. When I banged second gear. I climbed under the car and stuck it in third gear. Luckily it had 4:88’s easy ride home.
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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby BigBill » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:10 pm

I watched a guy on you tube I think in Europe file splines in a shaft by hand with a file. I need a pair of longer axles with splines to make floating axles. It’s on my list.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby ibdilbert » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:17 pm

Was just working on mine tonight, found it to be all sloppy on the 185 that I'm just not starting to restore, took it apart and found the cup to be broken from the shaft, exactly like this guys video. https://youtu.be/t0pLqywox4c?t=288

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Re: solid 1/2 shifter ball

Postby wagonmaster » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:50 am

welded one up years ago and its still working fine. If it breaks again I'll weld some gussets in there.


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