Monday, June 15, 2015

JD 7400 A Screen and blower holder

I have been busy making items need for shop and equipment .The New Mig welder sure speed projects up . 
This project involved being able to service engine bay ,protection for operator , and easy access to a hand blower . 
Rough units spend most of their days out and about on the course during play . 
Pretty high priority to get screens on theses units and the 8800's . 
On the  7400A we are mounting hand blowers to help with clean up around the Tee areas .


Pretty easy making a couple of frames to set screens in to tac. 


Don't weld to ROPS . These are tacked on roof framing and zip tied to ROPS. Making a couple of hooks made blowers easy to access . I can still do regular service to the machine . Bonnet clears without any issues with the blower off. 

Fairway Dew drag rack

Recently we had our fairway dew drag system fail . Chris gave the go ahead to see what I can come up with . Had to be gender friendly so anyone could go out and dew drag the fairways . 
Cut pieces of 1.5 tube stock . I went with 20 Ft. length in total.. 


Laid out the center section on scissor lift . I wound up cutting the hitch shaft at a 30 degree angle offset  to get it higher off the ground . 


  


Welding up brackets and home made hinges to get a trial version made for tomorrow .


There is a nice square tube mid section to run the square stock through on the TX running chains midway out to pull frame for support . The mid bar can stay on the gator . I'm using pins to hold them on the gator end ,on the pull bar the chains are  welded on . 


 Fold up. ....pin in.....throw the rope in the back and drive to the next fairway or across the bridges .Added some end caps incase they drag in a few areas on the course.



Tried it out knocking some clumps down . Worked pretty well . The true test will be tomorrow .Lots of factors to deal with , I'm sure there will be a dew drag rack 1.1 soon . LOL. A good starting point .


Home made  hinge


The plate dead centre of picture I added to offset the force on the bar while it's pulling .I will take the pressure off the hinge .




Chain directly welded to pull frame


Just wrapped the rope over the end and zip tied it then capped it with 3" elbows we had from irrigation stock .


Chain from pull bar is pined to mid framing of the TX gator . Convenient hole for the bar to go through .











After the first time out I also added these plate to keep it from rocking back and forth in transit .







Ready for paint .


Another picture of mid frame pin .




Looks pretty good all done .






















Officially Day 1 here at The Links at Brunello . The crew are doing a great  job staying ahead of play for their morning duties . A bit of a learning curve having had the course to them selves for so long .

Quit a few weeks running it and made a few alterations .Running strong a few dings and bends ,,,but still goes out daily now with no issues .

Also Made Golf Course  Industry Magazine .

Sweet !!!!

Check out Travels with Terry in This months Golf Course Industry Magazine .

http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/digital/201509/index.html 
http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/article/gci0915-golf-course-equipment-ideas-sept
 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Opening day this Saturday

The excitement is peaking and will be open for business on Saturday . Course is looking fantastic .

Course construction crew will be heading out after a job well done . Great bunch of guys .

I'd also like to thank...Ralph  from Lawsons and Kim from Auto choice for supplies and tools needed for a modern shop . 

My shop and supplies are 99% to where I'd like to be and very happy with the results and to have the opportunity to start a shop from scratch . Thanks Chris ...Miles

Great crew here .

The fun just starting .





Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Toro HDXD axle seal repair

Had a new machine with a leaky axle seal . Another reason to do the new machine service checks . Just a weeping leak not dripping . I offered to do the warranty work if time allows plus sometimes its nice to give back to dealers that give use top notch service . Fortunately we had a few rain days and caught up on regular maintenance. Not to bad a job and went pretty well .  

Weeping seal

Removed the axle drive shaft bolts
Being a new machine I figured it hub bearing would come out easily with out removing wheel hub off spindle saving a step .  Just enough room to get axel shaft apart.
Splines only line up one way . Drive shafts are timed to avoid vibration. The 2 universals have to be offset 90 degrees . 
I drained the transmission to a point below service area .


bearing /axle stub all comes out together. Clean well .
A couple of snap rings remove the axle stub from bearing and housing .Looks like the axle stub rolled the seal on assembly .
Installed new seal and greased edges .
I used the press to keep it lined up . Pressed in with little effort.

Reassemble in reverse order using torque specs easily found on Toro web site... Free

 

Looks good .


Luckily I live in an area where dealers (any color) are on the same page to keep our gear rolling . Top notch service goes a long way . Thanks . Nick /Blayne....Randy/Bill....And of course the parts guys .  

Rain day . A great chance to get the Green rough mowing team a going over. I'm amazed at how machine friendly The Links at Brunello  is on the gear .