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Re: What to do about brake drums? 960

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Billy NY

04-19-2013 20:34:17

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I did a complete brake job on my 850, and found drums at val-u-bilt, was like $60 in '04 shipped, the cast is deceiving, looks thicker. These were of turkish MFR. I ran these for years, I don't really use the brakes that much or for any sharp turning or anything, but a few years back I cracked one of them but good, tore the center out, got stuck near a field edge to a marsh, not too soft but side slope, one tire not loaded, so I built up a bunch of small diameter cribbing in the rut, had to work the brakes a little and it to be what did it. I put one steel one back on, had kept the OEM ones on the shelf, they were actually fine, could have reused them both, but thinking I'd get the best brakes from all new parts, dealing with hills around here, so it made sense, old one and a quick adjustment, worked like new.

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04-20-2013 05:49:52

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 Re: What to do about brake drums? 960 in reply to Billy NY, 04-19-2013 20:34:17  
I also purchased the Turkish shoes. I too attempted to determine if they were cast or steel. They fit nicely, were reasonably priced ($90 ea at a combo tractor/auto parts store).

My conclusion was two fold. 1. I applied moly grease to the interface and the nuts. Second was that I would be dead before they would need replacing again so it'd be someone elses problem; but the grease will solve future problems.

I mean the ones I took off were on a '63 tractor with 5000 hrs. This is '13. I'm retired. If I put a couple hundred hours a year on a piece it's a lot. Works for me.


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04-20-2013 11:05:16

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 Re: What to do about brake drums? 960 in reply to Texasmark1, 04-20-2013 05:49:52  
Honestly, I think it took some abuse to break on me, I was not stuck deep or needing a tow, but somewhere along the way I fractured something and or all at once, hard to say, I think they will suffice under normal use. I actually could not believe how inexpensive these were in '04,, have to wonder what they are now from that same source which used to have a filter on the name here, you could not mention Valu-bilt, yet I think they were the only source I could find at the time.

One of the smart things I've always done was save any useful part I take off, and knew to make sure those oem drums went on the shelf, now I need to decide, should I get another replacement or put the other oem one back on. Probably the latter, they were in nice shape, I try to go easy on anything that has brakes, car, tractor, truck what have you and it seems I get a long service life from doing that, well 'cept while near that marsh land that day, but could not leave it down there, even though the chance is very slight someone would mess with the tractor, just one rule I try to adhere to, never leave anything in the field, cost me a drum that day LOL !

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