I recently purchased part #GY20047BLE, spindle for G110 garden tractor front left wheel. This product arrived in a John-Deere box with logo and part number marked. I still have the box.
The old part:
(and current photos of the parts I see on the web) include a cup-shaped weldment with a rolled edge. The rolled edge retains a flat thrust bushing. This bushing is rigidly held by the formed rolled edge and cannot be removed; its thickness makes it apparent there's something other than just the steel weldment present. The front wheel bushing, part #M123811, rubs flat-to-flat against this thrust bushing. The weldment is attached to the shaft by a well-finished 360 degree weld.
The part I received:
Includes only the cup-shaped weldment, but not the bushing material, and the lip is open, not rolled. Further, the weld is only 3/4 complete--that is, there is a gap in ~90 degrees of the circle where I can see daylight. The weld is not well-finished; that is in addition to not covering the full 360 degrees the surface of the weld is not consistent.
When installed on the wheel, the wheel bushing, part #M123811, does not lie flat against the back of the weldment, but instead rubs against the edge at the inner radius of the weldment. The weldment is cup-shaped; it is the inner radius between the bottom and side of the cup where the wheel bushing rubs. The wheel bushing, part #M123811, binds against the weldment when I try to turn it, leaving a polished mark as you'd see normally see where you have a metal-to-metal rub.
The vendor claims they're all like this now, but suggested I purchase some washers and install them where the old part has a factory bushing.
I have purchased and installed a couple of bronze bushings to prevent the binding and assembled and greased the parts; they seem to function, but I wonder how durable they will be? Will water enter through the incomplete weld? Will the hardware-store bronze bushings be durable?
Can you confirm that this design change has been made to part# GY20047BLE?
That is to say, have you deliberately stopped including the thrust bushing insert from the part? If so, please consider that this does not function correctly; there is a significant binding.
Please understand that I have come to trust JD products, but this causes me to question that trust.
I have photographs of the old and new parts if you are interested in seeing them; also we make arrangements to send the part in its box for your inspection.