Hi gentlemen and ladies too,
I have a x495 with an angling quick hitch with a 54" blade. I just recently bought a used 47" blower from a jd dealer under the table, was a fun time as the dealer said shaft and bearing for a 455 would work on mine. 900km round trip to find out it doesnt fit. After a delay and voicing my displeasure with the service manager, they corrected their mistake and got me a shaft and bracket BM 24361. It seemed to work fine during initial test. Tried it yesterday on some snow we got. Got it attached to the quick hitch, plugged the pto shaft in, disconnected the angling hydraulic hoses and put the locking pin in the quick hitch to keep it straight, connected the chute lines and away I went. So with the quick hitch on float, got to the edge of the driveway and the blower angled downwards and made a straining sound while running, it wasnt happy. Did my neighbors driveway and started to notice the blower was getting noisy, like bearing noisy. When I was done, started to disconnect (it wont fit in my garage still attached) the chain drive was tight and binding and gears were out of alignment. (chain was checked prior to use ) Then I noticed the inside bearing on the shaft with the small gear, was cracked, the collar. To me, it seems as though the 2 pto shafts connected are too short and pulled the small shaft out, causing the bearing damage and chain misalignment. Can anyone shed some light on this problem, something that I dont see, maybe someone has had this problem before, is one of the shafts too short?
Thanks for your time in reading my short story,