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    Has anyone had a cross member to break?

    On one of our machines, one of the frame crossmembers is worn halfway through from where someone had left a bent rake crank arm on it. Is this a problem? Has anybody had one of these to break?

    Not an emergengy, just a little question.
    <span style="font-style: italic">Sometimes it is best to use good advice from many individuals to achieve the ultimate result.</span>

  • #2
    Re: Little question

    We help a center pull out 24 A machines a few years ago that closed down. From the condition that some of those cross members were in, looks like you can go almost half way thru one of them without to much worry. Probably not the best idea in the world but almost everyone of those were worn into.


    • #3
      Re: Little question

      I've seen a few worn through at least halfway...but I've never seen one broken...the crank rod, being solid, would no doubt wear through the frame soon enough...and I've seen the crank rod itself, worn pretty thin as well.

      I guess the question could either get to this point without being noticed?



      • #4
        Re: Little question

        Good question Brian...

        They were like this when I started here... [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif[/img]

        [ March 09, 2001: Message edited by: BrunsAce ]
        <span style="font-style: italic">Sometimes it is best to use good advice from many individuals to achieve the ultimate result.</span>


        • #5
          Re: Little question

          i had one break once it was cut about 3/4 of the way through,i put a big wide hose clamp on it and tightened the *hit out of it,never had another problem with it [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif[/img]
          if things aren't going right just use a bigger hammer! DIRT


          • #6
            Re: Little question

            Ace...never had one break. I have had some that were wore just over half way. Solved my insomnia over it by welding a piece of 1/8 inch flat stock by 2 inches wide. I cut them long enough to cover the cut plus 1 inch longer. Lay the plate in the middle and weld it in place. Next, tap the plate around the cross member to cover the cut and weld it in place on each side. This will maintain the integrity of the cross member while only raising the height of the cross member 1/8 of an inch. I never had another problem out of them and I slept better knowing the frame wouldn't give up half way through a league.

            Chad...a wide hose clamp?

            How does everybody feel about collapsible rake crank rods? Personally, I've been installing them as the solid ones become bent. Never have had a problem from them. But, I do disassemble them and put locktite on the inner bolt that holds it together. Had one fall apart awhile back. Never again... [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]
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            • #7
              Re: Little question

              hey jebees,

              don't like the collapsible rods at all

              i've had two pull apart in 6 months

              I don't know about you but the regular rods last years not months

              just a thought


              • #8
                Re: Little question

                Whom are you buying them from?
                Don't need a Full descrip, only a clue, as in B, Q, Z. etc. Sorry you had problems with the ones you tried, because they are simply a great solution, to a very troublesome problem.
                Have been using them for years, only problem encountered was a misthread on the crank end. Easily resolved, sent them back, they were replaced, without freight or other charges, promptly.
                Company named B.
                As are most of the parts I buy, to refurbish and or rebuild.
                I learned one thing early on, in this business, if you have parts, drop shipped to a job, 500 miles from your shop, they had better fit and accomplish what you intend.
                And do it without having to go to the grinder or lathe to make them work.
                I am not an advocate for anyone's parts, but have simply found, I have less trouble on the road, with the originals.
                I realize this post will open a door to some comments, I welcome these, as I can tell horror stories, gleaned from fourty years on the road, and most involve companies, not included in C. to Y..


                • #9
                  Re: Little question

                  JBEES We were able to repair ours by welding but since I can't weld I hired an old timer that was pretty good. He cut a piece of stock that fit flush in the groove that was worn about half through the frame. Once he got it tacked he was able to weld around the edges with only the new weld sticking above the frame. Not a problem ever since. Sleep better also!!



                  • #10
                    Re: Little question

                    Been using collapsible rods for the past 8 years at least, have yet to have to replace one.


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