Posted by pcastleberg on May 22, 2013 at 07:25:08 from (220.127.116.11):
I have a Mott/Alamo SD88 mower and the bearing housing on the drive side cracked. I didn't think much of it other than that I needed to replace the part. I ordered the new bearing and housing from Flailmaster and today was going to swap the old for the new and be back in business.
However when I was taking off the old bearing/housing I discovered the frame behind it is cracked/broken in several places. In fact 4 of the 6 mounting holes are broken.
So now I am trying to figure out the best way to fix it. The only thin I can think is have a plate made and placed behind the existing frame with the proper hole cut out for the shaft and then after welding it in place then weld the broken bolt holes back in place on the frame and new piece. Then drill new bolt holes through the new piece and mount everything back up.
Does that sound like the right plan? I'm not a welder so I am going to have to get someone else to do all this for me and I want to make sure with all the force that's going to be there that we're doing it the best possible way the first time.
I could have an entirely new side manufactured but that would mean cutting off the existing side and I don't really want to have to do that if possible.
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