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Center pin repair pricing
« on: November 07, 2018, 05:26:10 PM »
So my skidder needs some center section repair, replacing bushings and pins and there is a small amount of frame wear so that will need to be brought back to factory specs. So a guy I contacted me saying he can help me fix the problem and get it back to new again. He wants 100 bucks to help get the machine apart the rest of the way do what he needs to do to fix the pin holes and pull the machine back together to put new pins in. Does that sound like a fair price or am I going to have to shop around a bit?
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2018, 07:07:08 PM »
Do you mean $1,000 or $100?  Most mobile guy's I know might show up for $100, but they haven't put a wrench on anything yet!
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2018, 08:30:29 PM »
Must be a 100 an hour I figures! Is he going to line bore the holes? Seems awful cheap to do the complete repair. I'd be wary of the quality of the work.

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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2018, 08:48:53 PM »
Sorry guys I meant 1000 bucks. He's not line boring he's using some other method what I dont know?
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2018, 11:06:14 PM »
Find out what exactly hes gonna do.  
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2018, 04:59:40 AM »
Find out what exactly hes gonna do.  
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2018, 06:39:56 AM »
I will hes coming by Friday after work to take a look at it. But any parts are on order  and should be here in a couple days.
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2018, 08:55:48 AM »
I think i'd be leery of a thin bushing holding up over time. Oil impregnated 660 bronze is pretty tough and wear resistent but id want an 1/8" wall or thicker to drive in a long piece of it so it doesnt balloon on the way in.  
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2018, 12:39:29 PM »
I wouldn't even consider doing anything like that.  For me its make the repair once and correctly so I will never have to do it again.
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2018, 01:06:06 PM »
Well.. My personal opinion on pivots is that they probably should all have steel on bronze or brass.. But if ya think about it.. Its a ton of extra work for machine manufacturers, none do it so there is no expectation by the consumer to have bronzed bushed pivots and thus starting the process today would put that mfr at a disadvantage on build expense. And finally.. Worn out joints sell a lot of new iron.   I dont care how much you grease, steel on steel with dirt cant live forever. 

 A new pin, an oversize cut on the bore and a hearty bronze insert wouldnt be a hack repair at all IMO. I think it'd be an improvement.  But i look forward to hearing how this fellow intends to rebuild the joint. 
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2018, 03:26:30 PM »
I think the whole reason it wore out was because it wasn't shimmed and allowed it to do so.
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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2018, 09:17:47 PM »
Parts are in now to make plans to get this project done.
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2018, 09:22:06 AM »
I have a question for anyone that has done center pins and bushings on the b series tree farmers , once I'm ready to put it back together where do the shims go? I bought six of them not sure how many I will need?
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2018, 10:54:46 AM »
Since spending the last 7 years in Ponsse forwarders, I've become a big fan of bronze bushings and self aligning spherical bushings. My machine gets greased once every 40 hours. No squeaks, squawks or noticeable wear. They really hold grease well. I started off greasing every day (coming from the construction world), then every other day. The problem is you end up with grease from the crane all over your windshield. Over time, I finally reduced it to the manufacturer specified 40 hour interval. Any construction equipment I was ever in was creaking and groaning if not greased daily.
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2018, 03:18:03 PM »
This machine uses self aligning ball bushings on every pivot point.  I think my play is mostly coming from the lack of any shims and a little bit from the bushings. There is a very minimal amount of play from what I can currently tell in the pin holes in the frame less than 1/8 inch.
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2018, 03:19:24 PM »
Those must've been updated already? I've never seen the spherical bushings on the older skidders.
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2018, 04:17:53 PM »
Tree farmers have always used them as far as I know.
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2018, 04:25:51 PM »
Clark skidders use spherical bearings also.

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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2018, 05:04:53 PM »
Yes they do.
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Re: Center pin repair pricing
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2018, 05:23:01 PM »
Now I know what a spherical bearing is.
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