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Re: 1660 broke drive axle

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Eric in IL

10-30-2012 13:34:51

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I am guilty of running a bin extension. It adds approximately 1200 lbs of extra grain weight.

A reasonable guess would be an additional 500 lbs to each final drive.

If that 500 lbs is enough weight to cause damage, maybe I should ask potential riders (factory installed buddy seat) how much they weigh first.

I guess the point I am trying to make is, there must have been "zero overkill" designed into the final drives. That just seems chinese to me.

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Case Nutty 1660

10-30-2012 14:54:17

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 Re: 1660 broke drive axle in reply to Eric in IL, 10-30-2012 13:34:51  
Eric the extension I am talking about added 100 plus bushels to the total capacity in wheat that would be 6000lbs or so just saying they need to be treated with respect with that kind of additional load, like I said the guy's I know would come up to the corner with a loaded bin 8 row heads and step on the brake and spin them around to me that is a little harsh, but I am told the newer models do have a stronger axle/planitary system cnt

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Bob Bancroft

10-30-2012 15:08:43

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 Re: 1660 broke drive axle in reply to Case Nutty 1660, 10-30-2012 14:54:17  
My bin extension adds about 70 bu.- as you say- potentially a substantial amount of weight. There was discussion on here earlier about brakes. They seem to be ignored on hydro. machines around here. When I got this 1660 they were worthless. The first winter I fixed them. I discovered much to my surprise they would spin this 4WD machine around. But not with much weight in the bin. Not any different than it was with our old 2WD Gleaners. I don't know how these guys you mention are even doing what you describe!

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Case Nutty 1660

10-30-2012 18:23:53

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 Re: 1660 broke drive axle in reply to Bob Bancroft, 10-30-2012 15:08:43  
guess I am full of cr&pp just saying what I seen no problem if you don't belive me

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10-31-2012 08:05:56

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 Re: 1660 broke drive axle in reply to Case Nutty 1660, 10-30-2012 18:23:53  
I have never known of a front axle breaking on these combines. Heard of quite a few rear axles though. Mostly on the bigger 80 series combines. My guess is the hopper extensions add too much weight. Combined with the rougher fields we have now due to zero till and wide spacing on the air drills it is more than the original design can handle. My 1660 has had no problems that way other than a split rim on the front driver's side. No tank extensions and no brake turns.

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Bob Bancroft

10-30-2012 18:53:37

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 Re: 1660 broke drive axle in reply to Case Nutty 1660, 10-30-2012 18:23:53  
I didn't say I didn't believe you. If I had meant that, I would have said it. I just don't know how it's possible. But then some people must be willing to do things to a machine I can't imagine.

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Case Nutty 1660

10-30-2012 19:02:09

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 Re: 1660 broke drive axle in reply to Bob Bancroft, 10-30-2012 18:53:37  
sorry,, have to agree with what people do really steams me to see some thing abused badly used yes abused no cnt

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