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  1. #1
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    Dec 2012
    Salisbury NC
    John Deere 5220

    Default jd 5220 lift arm ball

    I was writing to ask how to go about replacing a John Deere 5220 category II lift arm ball which has been lost. I know on some tractors these are held in with a pin but this one looks like there are welds on the lift arm. In looking online there are just the balls listed, weld on ball joint and a weld on ball with lift arm. I did not know which one should be used and if it is welded is it a matter of grinding the weld to put in the replacement. Thank you

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    Veteran Member
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    Sep 2010
    5210 MFWD

    Default Re: jd 5220 lift arm ball

    I have a 5210 which is almost like a 5220. The manual for the 5220 shows the draft link balls (I am guessing this is what you are talking about) are replaceable for both the fixed and telescoping draft links. I included a URL to the manaul and JD parts and attached a picture from the manual.

    John Deere - Parts Catalog
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    Super Member Tx Jim's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    Coyote Flats,Tx
    JD 4255/Kubota M7040 HDC

    Default Re: jd 5220 lift arm ball

    I agree with JD5210 as it appears the draft link balls are replaceable/interchangeable Cat l or Cat ll

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    Platinum Member Reyer Farms's Avatar
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    Sep 2012
    Lena, ms
    Mahindra 5010


    I am unsure about your model but I have welded on several on other tractors. Just measure back from center, cut and weld. I prep the new piece with a bevel leaving about 3/16" landing, then cut and grind lift arm. I use 7018 3/32". But if a new can popped in that puppy that's easier!!!!

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    Platinum Member
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    May 2009
    South Mississippi
    2008 John Deere 5303 MFWD


    Had one that was drilled for Cat 1 on one side and Cat 2 on the other side....same ball. Had ball split and fail. Wound up taking a PortaBand saw and cut "lip" off around ball. Bought a new Cat 2 ball, replaced it and welded "lip" back to arm. Seemed to work fine with no issues during the rest of my ownership. Total investment less than $50.

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