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    Default Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    If anyone recognizes the brand please speak up, I have no Idea.

    Found this on craigslist for $150. It is weathered and has had some low quality welding repairs through the years. Here are a few pics after pressure washing the rust and flaky paint off. Note the leaky input seal and the bent tabs on the A frame where it attaches to the boom.
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    Kubota B7510DT With LA302 FEL - Woods BH6500 Backhoe - 5' BoxBlade - 5' Caroni Finish Mower - 5' King Kutter Tiller - IMCO Post Hole Digger

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    Default Re: Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    Here is a close up shot of the A frame. Look at the gorilla welds. In this came "more isnt better" LOL
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    Kubota B7510DT With LA302 FEL - Woods BH6500 Backhoe - 5' BoxBlade - 5' Caroni Finish Mower - 5' King Kutter Tiller - IMCO Post Hole Digger

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    Default Re: Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    Here is the A frame after the repair. I used D.O.M. tubing 1/2" I.D x 1" O.D. for the middle of the mount. The side plates are 3/8" x 2" Flat Bar. Should be plenty stiff now.
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    Kubota B7510DT With LA302 FEL - Woods BH6500 Backhoe - 5' BoxBlade - 5' Caroni Finish Mower - 5' King Kutter Tiller - IMCO Post Hole Digger

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    Default Re: Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    The tractor end of the boom pole it tweaked a bit. The hole was also wallowed out by about an 1/8". I will attach several pictures that will show the arm in my mill after I leveled and squared it by the boom and gearbox mount. I figured it would be much easier to bore the hole larger with the correct alignment than to heat and re-bend the mount itself. Hope that makes since. Pics worth a 1000 words.Here ya go.
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    Kubota B7510DT With LA302 FEL - Woods BH6500 Backhoe - 5' BoxBlade - 5' Caroni Finish Mower - 5' King Kutter Tiller - IMCO Post Hole Digger

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    Default Re: Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    This is part way through making the bushing to weld into the tractor end of the boom pole. It is also D.O.M. tubing and ended up being 1" O.D. x 3/4" I.D.
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    Kubota B7510DT With LA302 FEL - Woods BH6500 Backhoe - 5' BoxBlade - 5' Caroni Finish Mower - 5' King Kutter Tiller - IMCO Post Hole Digger

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    Default Re: Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    Quote Originally Posted by nitroxn View Post
    If anyone recognizes the brand please speak up, I have no Idea.

    Found this on craigslist for $150. It is weathered and has had some low quality welding repairs through the years. Here are a few pics after pressure washing the rust and flaky paint off. Note the leaky input seal and the bent tabs on the A frame where it attaches to the boom.
    I am 99% sure it was made by Independent Manufacturing Company (IMCO) in Neodesha Ks. Ken Sweet
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    Default Re: Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    IMCO, Thanks Ken!! I know the gear box is OMNI. Seems they are still made.
    Kubota B7510DT With LA302 FEL - Woods BH6500 Backhoe - 5' BoxBlade - 5' Caroni Finish Mower - 5' King Kutter Tiller - IMCO Post Hole Digger

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    Default Re: Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    Quote Originally Posted by nitroxn View Post
    IMCO, Thanks Ken!! I know the gear box is OMNI. Seems they are still made.
    I owned 1 just like it back in the late seventies. We were a dealer for them until they went out. Real good machines for the $ spent. Ken Sweet
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    Default Re: Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    I refurbished an old Speeco PHD just recently and the gearbox was real similar. It had a leaky seal on the input also but was very easy to replace the seal. I did have a thread problem on a couple of the bolt holes that mount the shaft cap. The hexbolts were not the best so replaced them with slightly longer bolts and worked fine. Always a good feeling to "resurrect" and old piece of equipment especially when it will perform as well or better than a new one today.
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    Default Re: Restoring a Post Hole Digger

    Here are the boom and A frame after some paint. On the boom, tractor end, notice the bushing pressed and tack welded into place. Ill be picking up new pins for the A frame too.
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    Kubota B7510DT With LA302 FEL - Woods BH6500 Backhoe - 5' BoxBlade - 5' Caroni Finish Mower - 5' King Kutter Tiller - IMCO Post Hole Digger

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