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Ford spindle broke

Discussion in 'Agricultural Equipment' started by td25c, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. td25c

    td25c Senior Member

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    Sorry folks,I know its not that exciting,but this happens from time to time.Grandpa orderd the 4000 new with the low profile option.The steering axil is to light for a loader .My dad gets on it and thinks its a cat 963 high lift.But we keep putting it back together.The ford 4000 is like familly to us,I am just glad it cant talk about all the places its been.
     

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  2. qball

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    i have a ford 2600, which looks to be an exact copy of that tractor, and i have brok a few spindles. gotta replace the radiator tomorrow.
     
  3. Richardjw~

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    looks like a real war-horse :) .......with a swept-back it looks like its off a 3000 axle from here.....mind you its probably the same wheel bearings.

    We used to have a 4000 with loader and regularly (12yrs) shifted 0.5ton round bales of silage and shifted tonnes of shy-tea and I think we only ever had one king-pin go, snapped on the top.
     

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  4. td25c

    td25c Senior Member

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    Its the "SU" 4000.Low profile tractor.I agree Richardjw,It looks like a 3000 axil.Its been a good war -horse.
     
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    just a thought, maybe try some 7.50x16 tyres on the front instead of the 6.00x16s might help with absorbing some of the shock.
     
  6. td25c

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    I think I found a cure for the spindle problem .......... Ford skip loader with front wheel assist .

    Customer had us spreading stone on a job and we used a 545 to load with . Pretty nice machine . From what I can see looks to be built off the old Ford 4000 platform with 3 cylinder diesel engine ,transmission & rear housing look very similar . Loader is built tough & hydraulics cycle fast . Front axil looks to be built pretty heavy . Handles real nice , I like it !
     

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  8. td25c

    td25c Senior Member

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    LOL! Aint that the truth . Good one mate:lmao
     
  9. Queenslander

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    Haven't had to resort to the method above, but I have chained the axle to the loader frame to limp home after breaking the spindle on our 4610.
    As you say, never designed to carry a loader but a great little workhorse nonetheless.
    Cheers, Greg
     
  10. Ronsii

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    Make sure you keep the steering tie rods greased as the ones on the cylinders are not serviceable... they are integral to the hydraulic cylinder rod... so about $250 to replace.
     
  11. td25c

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    We have broke several over the years . Not to big of a deal to replace , I have welded them back a couple times . I holds fine until it breaks again .:D

    They are pretty tough old rigs otherwise . And not to bad on fuel .
     
  12. td25c

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    Will sure keep that in mind Ronsii . Thanks for the heads up info .