I recently located a used front hitch for a John Deere 42/43/4400 Compact Utility Tractor. It is complete, including the hydraulic cylinder, but needs some repairs - the price was right and it gives me something to do. Other than new bearings and a few hydraulic fittings, it is in functional condition.
I noticed that the mounting holes are worn pretty badly and am seeking some advice on the best repair - see attached photo. There's a really good welding shop nearby and I might drop it off this week. What' the best way to repair it?
- Fill the holes with welding and rebore them on a drill press?
- Weld ½" plates on the inside and rebore all the holes on a drill press. Use longer bolts to mount it?
- Just leave it and tighten the bolts down tight when mounting it?
- Some other option?
I'm afraid just tightening the bolts down really tight won't hold it firmly enough.
Note: Some of the holes were clearly never used and are in perfect condition.