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ford 503 hay rake

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08-13-2011 15:12:56

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Bought a 503 hay rake last week and found it needs a bearing in the one roller bar. I looked it up and they want $63.00 for one. Does anyone know if it crosses to another supplier or does anybody have a good used one.I'll buy the new one if thats my only choice but was hoping for a little cheaper alternative. p.s. I looked it up on messicks sight. Thank you, jstpa

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08-13-2011 18:49:48

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 Re: ford 503 hay rake in reply to jstpa, 08-13-2011 15:12:56  
If you have the bearing out just take it to a bearing supply and they will match. If you try NAPA they might match it too.

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08-13-2011 17:42:11

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 Re: ford 503 hay rake in reply to jstpa, 08-13-2011 15:12:56  
If I remember right the ford 503 was a re-badged New Idea rake, check agco parts.

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08-14-2011 05:07:48

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 Re: ford 503 hay rake in reply to DiyDave, 08-13-2011 17:42:11  
If it is like my NI, you can second source the bearing. HOWEVER... It won"t be a direct match. NAPA can get replacement bearing, but not that much cheaper. I went to an online bearing supplier out in Washington state,sorry, I don"t remember the name. Got them for about $4 each in lots of ten. Bolt and new nut will set you back about the same.

If I remember correctly bearing is 2" OD, and is mounted on a 3/4" shaft (bolt). You can replace with a standard bearing and a new bolt. You will need to make a shim out of a 2" washer, reaming out the center of the washer to clear the head of the bolt. The bearing is slightly narrower than the origional, thus the shim. Shim goes in cup first, followed by bearing with bolt inside, and finally, snapring and dirt shield. Once you get bolt through hole in star wheel, use an impact wrench to tighten nut.

You may have a major fight on your hands getting bolt back thru the hole in the star wheel - just doesn"t lign up nicely. Loosen bolts that hold star wheels, other bearing bolts, etc. I resorted to placing rake between two tractors, and using come-alongs to spread star wheels enough to get it in. There is tension in the basket, and I"m not sure why.

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08-13-2011 20:15:07

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 Re: ford 503 hay rake in reply to DiyDave, 08-13-2011 17:42:11  
The 513 was a rebadged NI... pretty sure the 503 (3-point mounted) was all Ford.

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