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Neat looking pin, stainless steel too! I love mods that make things easier and/or work better!! I'm about to replace the original pin in my 4018 with approx 2,000 hours, axle is a little sloppy and the new pin will only take out about half of the slop, I may shim the axle where it sits in the tractor frame.
Bob MacGregor in CT :mrgreen: :mowlawn:
 

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The slot through the ear is where the bolt will go. Its the section where material is removed in an oval shape
So no need to drill anything.
It looks just like the pre 73/74 style before the long eyed pin held by the bolt.
This style is not reversible (flippable) to the unworn side though.
 

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If I didn't have a new OEM in stock I'd order one :thumbsup:

This pin would bolt in to mine no problem.

I wonder if the two Bob's had an early start to the long weekend coming up. :thumbsup: :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh:
 

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I don't know about this. I'm a little leary. What type of stainless is it? How will it wear? Will it gall?
I do not believe stainless is the answer in wear parts except in certain corrosive environments.
 

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I was wondering about that also. I know stainless isn't a "wonder material" but if it is harder than the cast axle, wouldn't all or most of the wear occur on the axle bore? I'd rather replace a softer worn pin than an axle. Yes, I know it is supposed to ride on a layer of lubrication and the metals should never touch but this is the real world...
 

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Billygoat said:
I know stainless isn't a "wonder material" but if it is harder than the cast axle
In general, stainless isn't great at wearing. Think about this: Ever seen stainless taps & dies? Hacksaw blades? Drill bits?
Then again, there are almost as many recipes for stainless as there are for carbon steels. Who knows what this stuff is.
After looking closer at this thing, I'm not too thrilled with the workmanship either. Look at both the welding and the slot cut in the retainer. Also, there's a 360 degree groove in the axle that lines up with the factory zerk, those holes don't look like they'll hit it.
 

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I don't recall anyone stating what it cost them to have it done.

If I had an axle that needed to be bored and bushed, I'd start by buying a new pivot pin and then sourcing the bushings at the local bearing shop. With all three items in hand, i'd go to the machine shop and explain what I wanted done.

I can't see it taking more than the 1 hour minimum labour rate to bore the axle out, press in the bushing and then ream the bushing to size. If you use that SS pin, then the greasing problem is already looked after.
 

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The custom axle pins you saw on E bay were made by me they're 304 stainless precision ground rod about the hardness of a grade 5 bolt. Made one for each of my case tractors after dealing with some badly worn factory pins and having the original retaining pin for one break. glad to see they got some good discussion going.
Otter 351,Nick
 

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otter351 said:
The custom axle pins you saw on E bay were made by me they're 304 stainless precision ground rod about the hardness of a grade 5 bolt. Made one for each of my case tractors after dealing with some badly worn factory pins and having the original retaining pin for one break. glad to see they got some good discussion going.
Otter 351,Nick
I like it. :thumbup:
 
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