So Ive done it again.
I have a good history of buying "deals" to fix and either use or sell that end up costing a LOT more than initially planned.
The latest addition to that trend is a 513 rotary cutter.
Its in ok shape other than the gearbox and some miscellaneous parts. The cutter housing is beat up in the back, but I can repair that easy enough and add some reinforcement like Ive seen done on other cutters.
The big issue is the gearbox. The input shaft front bearing is shot. As in gone. I also believe the front shims are missing.
Ill get it off tomorrow and get a better look at it, but its a similar problem to what was in a thread earlier. The bearing went, and let the gears slip, which caused minor damage to the edges of the teeth. I believe it can be salvaged, but without the shims, thats going to be tough. The shim kit is almost $100 by itself.
Add in the bearings, and Im thinking right now Id have less money in a replacement gearbox.
Trouble with that is, I dont know much about what Id need to replace it with.
I cant seem to find specs on the gearbox I have now.
Its tag says Part Number DE18653.
My other problem is with the PTO shaft. The shaft itself is fine, but the covers are not. The end of one half is melted, because while the PO said he shut it down right away, I doubt he did. The bearing is GONE, as is the seal, and the shims on that end. Well, as far as I can tell they are.
The guards are going to cost almost as much as a new shaft with guards.
Nearest I can tell, Ill have about $200 in parts just fixing the old gearbox, shim kit not included in that. I think I can find individual shims at Motion Industries or somewhere similar.
The bearings I can probably save a bit on too, once I get them out and get the numbers.
Ive seen gearboxes for about $150 or less different places, but Im not sure if the blade mount is the same on all of them or not.
How would I figure that out?
Youd think Id learn from the past, but I keep thinking the next one will be better.
Of course even if I have $300 or a bit more in getting this back running again, its still going to be worth more than Ill have in it, its just not what I wanted to get into exactly, although replacing the whole gearbox is easier than rebuilding the one I have, given I dont have the shims and will need to track down some.