Bah, it always happens to me

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First off, I promise to post NEW photos of the farm tomorrow. The house has been moved! Yeah, pretty exciting stuff!

Anyway, I was working on my MF #32 mower tonight trying to remove a bearing race that was pretty well stuck in the cast housing. After plenty of cussing, grinding, and pounding I got the bloody thing out. I ended up buggering up the housing a bit, but it should be a snap to fix (thank you JB Weld). I wanted to flush the housing out since the bearing must have died in a big way, throwing little bits of steel everywhere but the front bearing is held in with a expanding C clip that doesn't have any holes in the ends to compress it! That with the use of a needle bearing in the back makes me wonder what the MF engineers where thinking when the built this thing...

Well I went to clean up the shaft since I couldn't bear to do any more work on the housing and was greeted with all sorts of dings from the bad bearing. I think the PO just ran the thing with the bad bearing and that's what killed the shaft. Why do people treat equipment so poorly?

Anyway, I know the MF/Agco dealer is going to give me a heart attack when they price out the shaft so I'm going to see what a local machine shop can do for me.

I love working with this old stuff, but what can't I just once buy something that really is in working condition?

I think I might have to put this aside to center my attentions on the house, which isn't really a bad thing, but I hate leaving projects half done. I just hope the shaft is not really a big/expensive deal and all that's left is a little tuning...

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Matt....I love you to pieces but I have absolutly no idea what the hell any of that crap that you have typed means. Maybe it is because I am a woman and not mechanically inclined. But if a shaft, bearing, or expanding C clip breaks on my car I will know who to go to.