Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    32
    Location
    Petersburg, Indiana
    Tractor
    BX2200

    Default Lower Link bent

    I was using the tractor too move some dirt piles and noticed the scoop was at an odd angle. Closer look and then I saw it. The lower link was bent. This steel on the link is 5/8" thick and it bent. I'll take it to work and see if it can heated up with a torch and straightened out. If not, I'll stop at the dealer after work.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    32
    Location
    Petersburg, Indiana
    Tractor
    BX2200

    Default Re: Lower Link bent

    Another picture of the links removed from the tractor.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  3. #3
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    1,407
    Location
    monroe michigan, barton city soon
    Tractor
    NH TC 35 had, now a TC35DA LS25 lawnmower

    Default Re: Lower Link bent

    JonM; Any idea on how that happened? [img]/forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]You might be better off buying a new link. I believe heating it up to bend back in shape would probably weaken the metal. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

  4. #4
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    928
    Location
    Theresa, NY
    Tractor
    NH2120 RTV500 Bobcat S250

    Default Re: Lower Link bent

    I bent mine and used heat plus some press tricks. Been abused lots since with no problem. Best to get it pressed with no heat if you can. I figure I'd rather deal with a bent link than have something else break.

  5. #5
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    7,344
    Location
    Northeast, Ohio
    Tractor
    TC-40D SS New Holland

    Default Re: Lower Link bent

    That arm looks like a pretzel. Might you have bent the arm by pushing in reverse at some point in time? It almost looks like that how the forces bent the arm like your picture shows.

    While quite strong otherwise, the 3-point geometry is not made to withstand pushing forces in reverse.

  6. #6
    Super Member
    Rest in Peace
    frank_f15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Posts
    6,033
    Location
    BUFFALO ,NEW YORK AREA
    Tractor
    kubota b2400- R4 tires

    Default Re: Lower Link bent

    how did one link bend so badly without bending the other? or damaging the implement. not sure if i would heat it and TRY and straighen it. don't think you will ever get it back to the right position. if i was you (which i am not) i think i might just get a new one.

  7. #7
    Epic Contributor jinman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    21,013
    Location
    Texas - Wise County - Sunset
    Tractor
    NHTC45D, NH LB75B, Ford Jubilee

    Default Re: Lower Link bent

    </font><font color="blue" class="small">( I was using the tractor too move some dirt piles and noticed the scoop was at an odd angle. Closer look and then I saw it. The lower link was bent. This steel on the link is 5/8" thick and it bent. I'll take it to work and see if it can heated up with a torch and straightened out. If not, I'll stop at the dealer after work. )</font>

    Jon, you must have had your dirt-scoop reversed and been backing into your pile of dirt. With that geometry and all four wheels pushing, your turfs must produce a lot of power. Obviously, your links can't take that, so when you get them straight, you might consider adding some additional bracing.

    I bent the right link on my tractor when it was new. It turns out that New Holland had a bulletin out that said the metal was too soft on the original arms and they replaced them for me free of charge. Since then, I've not had a problem. Of course, I also haven't lifted the end of anymore 40 ft containers either. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    (see attachment)
    Attached Images Attached Images

  8. #8
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    3,399

    Default Re: Lower Link bent

    That's a prime example of what can happen when one uses a boxblade/dirt scoop in reverse, 3 point hitches are not meant for pushing. A good $100, 20 ton Chinese built shop press would straighten that right out.

  9. #9
    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    47,306
    Location
    Central florida
    Tractor
    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 941D, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default Re: Lower Link bent

    Shazam that's bent like a pretzle. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

    I'd chalk that one up as dead.. If you do bent id back.. weld a gusset to it.

    Soundguy

  10. #10
    Platinum Member Syncro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    506
    Location
    NW Nevada
    Tractor
    MF 1240, JD 210C TLB

    Default Re: Lower Link bent

    My old Ford 4000 was used as a fiinish grading tractor on job sites and quite often I'd slam a 72" Gannon into a dirt pile at full throttle in reverse with never a problem. What made the difference was that the 3 pt arms had 2 additional braces attached under the wheel axels which formed a triangle on each side of the lower links. I guess those extra arms kept things straight as the arms themselves weren't all that thick, I'd guess ~ 1/2".

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.