Posted by JDKelly on October 18, 2012 at 13:36:56 from (22.214.171.124):
Hey guy's. I've got a 259 rake that I've been using for a little while. It works great but needs the usual like tires and paint. It has the rubber teeth but I thought about getting the clips and spring teeth as the rubber ones start to come apart. I REALLY don't want to try to cut one of those teeth with my JD square balers knives...
I'd like to disassemble, blast, and paint the thing to make it look new again. It seems the 259 is no-where near as common a rake as the 256 is. Other than the width and number of teeth I bet most parts are interchangeable.
One question I have is about the gearbox. This is probably the most expensive and maintenance specific part on this rake. Mine appears to be filled with grease. I thought they were supposed to be filled with oil. I think I remember reading somewhere that the oil is hard to keep in these gearboxes so most people go to just using grease to lube the gears. While it's apart I'll probably take the gearbox somewhat apart to check it out and could replace seals if I needed to as well as fill with oil if that is the preferred method.
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