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    1025R broken rear axle

    Well weekend tasks came to an abrupt end last night. I was doing a little landscaping work trying to remove a shrub root with FEL and felt a sudden lurch. i looked back and the right rear tire was not where it was supposed to be. I was in MFW drive low range. Discovered to my dismay that the rear right axle shaft had snapped just outside the differential seal. The tractor was purchased in 2014 and only has ~150 hours. Well maintained and garaged. I do use the FEL to its limit along with a pallet fork for lane gravel and firewood carry. I also bush-hog seasonally but no regular lawn mowing. I take good care of my equipment and tend to keep things for a long time. I am also fairly pragmatic about machines, things break and wear, and you fix what fails. But this kind of failure seems to me to indicate an overweight or over stress on the axle. That got me thinking maybe I was asking to much of this tractor. Rear tires are liquid filled and I do routinely carry a full complement of suitcase weights (8x42 lbs) on a Heavy Hitch on the rear three-point arms. Those rear weights make all the difference in stability and FEL safety. I would not think that ~350 lbs would cause undue stress on the rear axles but this kind of failure makes me wonder what happened. Is this rotational stress? What is the thinking here? What causes this kind of failure? Is this accumulated abuse or something acute?
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    Whoa... that’s not good. That is some strange looking metal at the break.
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    Can't like this...hate that this is one of your first post's.

    I don't think the weight was the issue. Something else, weak steel, manufacturer defect...
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    The two-tone coloring of that axle stub at the break would lead me to think that your axle was made from a defective steel casting. Never seen it on one of these forums before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    Can't like this...hate that this is one of your first post's.

    I don't think the weight was the issue. Something else, weak steel, manufacturer defect...
    I have not asked too many questions on this forum because the community here is so great in sharing knowledge and opinions, I’ve soaked up a lot of stuff so thank you. However this axle thing took me by surprise. I am no metallurgist but I don’t like the looks of the break point.
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    Yeah that looks like an inclusion of some type in the metal. I would assume the axle is drawn and heat treated. You will see the same thing sometimes in leaf springs they will snap right at a point where something dis-simalr is in the metal.

    Ruff part is there are allot of places in the axle where it wouldn’t have made a difference but it fell probably very near the point of maximum strain.
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    Looks like a casting and outer ring is the heat treat.

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    These things are made to drive around a job site with a backhoe on them...
    Unless it was dropped from something high onto someplace hard it's gotta be an axle defect... I'll third the defect/inclusion theory...
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    My first thought was how much weight was on the back and you answered that right away. I think that is less then JD recommends. Defect, I agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ppsh41 View Post
    Looks like a casting and outer ring is the heat treat.
    Here is a better image. Will talk to Deere dealer tomorrow and see if we can figure out how to get this three-wheeler onto a roll back and in for service.
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