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  • Spot/Respot spring bracket tearing the weld

    What do I do with out a welder?? Spot/Respot spring bracket has ripped the weld on the respot side of the main frame right above the spotting torque tube. I can't re-weld since there is no welder here and owner won't rent a welder. I have an idea, but wanted to run this past some gurus before I proceed!

  • #2
    Don't need a welder. There are two thing you can do....

    1. For the time being you can repair it. You need a thick or strong piece of metal such as a L bracket or you could open one of those clips for the large plow (000-023-431) into an L and bolt the bracket to it and bolt the L bracket to the frame, with some drilling. Below is an example of using a straight piece of thick metal...


    Just make sure its back far enough to put enough tension on the springs, doesn't have to be exact.


    Or.....

    2. You can order the repair kit from AMF 070-007-761 "kit-bracket spot/respot repair" then drill one hole bolt it in place then hook on the springs and you are done. You must first completely remove the old bracket.
    Last edited by Tablejam; 05-05-2012, 12:59 AM.

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    • #3
      The repair bracket looks like this...


      The top and bottom rest behind and against the machine frame and the tension from the springs keeps it forward, the bolt you install on the bottom keeps it from shifting position.

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      • #4
        I have taken a pit angle bracket and bolted in place of the existing bracket. Just drill two holes on each side of bracket for your springs. Works great and plenty strong enough.
        If it cant be fixed with a hammer, use a bowling pin.

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        • #5
          Yeah doesn't have to be anything special it just needs to be strong enough to stay in place.

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          • #6
            Wow, I just realized those pictures I took really suck!

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            • #7
              Those are fine pics!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 8270king View Post
                Those are fine pics!
                Well thank you Sir!

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                • #9
                  With enough vodka and squinting of the eyes...................

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                  • #10
                    I've fixed this with 2, 3 X 3/8in bolts. After bending the bracket straight I drilled 2 3/8in holes on both sides of the bracket. Then I put a jam nut on both bolts with just enough room for the bolt to go threw and still be able to put a lock washer and another jam nut on the other side. Unfortunately i do not have any pics but this has been holding up in my machine for 2 1/2 years.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cdsand5 View Post
                      With enough vodka and squinting of the eyes...................



                      Originally posted by interwhat View Post
                      I've fixed this with 2, 3 X 3/8in bolts. After bending the bracket straight I drilled 2 3/8in holes on both sides of the bracket. Then I put a jam nut on both bolts with just enough room for the bolt to go threw and still be able to put a lock washer and another jam nut on the other side. Unfortunately i do not have any pics but this has been holding up in my machine for 2 1/2 years.
                      Done that before, works nicely.

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                      • #12
                        Ive always used a Ball Lift Track Support Bracket, Which has 3/8 X 16 Nut already in the bracket. Place it Inside the bracket on Respot side, which is side that always breaks. Drill hole from Underneath, Red Lock-Tite, Done. Ive honestly never seen the entire weld break off. Ive only seen the weld on respot side break and allow respot side to creep forward.

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                        • #13
                          ^That's a good one, those track support brackets are nice and thick.

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                          • #14
                            I've used old kicker support brackets before, already in an L shape, cut the bolt off, drills holes etc... good to go.
                            This area of the machine should have been a bolted bracket to begin with and this wouldn't occur. How much is the repair kit?

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                            • #15
                              There are several areas that should have been bolted in but were welded....what...did they think these parts would never wear out or break? At least on the new machines these areas have been corrected.

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