I have a 2018 2038R JD with a 59 inch blower that is front mounted. On the front shaft each side has splines on it. These hook onto two arms that are part of the blower assembly one on each side that raise and lowering the blower. Where the shaft with splines go thru the frame, there are two bushings that have a snap ring holding them on. The spline shaft is then kept in place with a ring pin on outer side of each end.
After 2 years of using the blower the bushings are shot. In side the bushings (that are about 2 inch in diameter) is some kind of material pressed into the inside of the bushing. Something for it to ware on as it is raised and lowered I guess. The problem is that they are $75 a piece for each bushing.
1. Does any one know where to get these cheaper.
2. What does the material inside the metal bushing do? and is it necessary to have it there what would happen if mounted without that inner bushing part.
3. If its not possible to run with out it then is there some kind of grease or lubricant I can put on the inside of the bushing to increase the life of the bushing. The fuzzy stuff shown in the picture with the bushings is what came out of one of the bushings.
Thank you for your help I can sure use it. Rich