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post #76 of 86 Old 12-05-2018, 03:07 PM
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Re: Picked-up my new best friend today--5518

Yea the steering wheel spinner is handy....have one on mine.

Not sure if it's in this thread but the pto shaft and yokes can be replaced with weasler series 6. The actual shaft is not square ....if I recall its 3/4" x 7/8".... Weasler also has the quick connect coupler....and the u joints have grease nipples.

I noticed the weasler stamp on original when i cleaned it up after it broke.

I have 4518... but brother in law has 5518.... which I'd love to have.
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post #77 of 86 Old 12-07-2018, 10:14 AM
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Looks great! I actually took my wheel spinner off this summer. It was giving me blisters on my hand when mowing the lawn, don't want to have to wear gloves. The bare steering wheel feels great to me!

Where did you get your shear bolts from? I'm thinking the bolts in mine may or may not be shear bolts. They appear to be different lengths in areas where they should be the same bolt.
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Looks great! I actually took my wheel spinner off this summer. It was giving me blisters on my hand when mowing the lawn, don't want to have to wear gloves. The bare steering wheel feels great to me!

Where did you get your shear bolts from? I'm thinking the bolts in mine may or may not be shear bolts. They appear to be different lengths in areas where they should be the same bolt.
I believe I got them from a local dealer that used to sell them new. I believe it's been documented in this thread before but the fan input shaft uses a normal 5/16-8 x 2" Grade 8 bolt. The other shear bolt on the fan is a normal 1/4-20 x 1" Grade 5 bolt (Honda code 656053). The auger uses a specific bolt that is 5/16-18 x 2.25" with two grooves machined into it (Honda code 657295).



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post #79 of 86 Old 01-20-2019, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Well we finally got some snow and I got to use the 5518! Woo-hoo!

Funny thing is I have this older couple neighbor and every time I blow their approach I bust a shear pin. Today I busted two--one on the fan (the smaller one) and one on the auger. In 2015 I built a garage and it's so awesome to be able to pull the tractor inside the heated garage and remove the broken shear pins.

Every time I use this thing I am amazed at how it works. No chains. No wheel weights. Never really spin a tire. I love this thing! Wish the wife would've taken a pic or two today but it was 8 F and I don't think she wanted to come outside. Lol
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Went out this morning to blow some snow and on the last pass I was close to a chain-link fence. When I came to the end of the fence I went to turn around to put it away and with the rear tires turning the opposite of the front I bumped the corner post. Well guess what was at the bottom of the post...a bolt sticking out that I caught and ripped a very nice hole in the sidewall of my rear tire. I guess you wold say I was too close to the fence lol.

I pulled the tire and rim and took it to our local tire shop but they wouldn't even think about putting a patch on the inside of the sidewall. They wanted to look at a tube (OEM these are tubeless) but they were concerned that the tube would go through the hole in the sidewall. I was not interested in going to a tube.

So I came home and did some research and ended-up buying a new tire from boats.net 42750-752-631 TIRE (24X8.00-14) for $195.06 shipped to my door (paid tax but shipping was included). I've looked at these tires in the past and knew they're expensive. I saw new complete sets go for around a grand.

Some have probably seen this link with some great tire info specifically on these Honda tractors. This tire is said in the link to be a direct replacement tire and at $105.00 I was very interested. But I couldn't get past the advertised diameter of 25.0" of the Carlisle versus the 1" smaller diameter of the OEM Ohtsu. And the recommended rim width didn't match. And this tire is a 4 ply rating (there is also a six ply of this tire available) and the OEM Ohtsu's have a 2 ply rating. And finally, the OEM tires work so well in the snow/ice this tractor is normally used in (without weights or tire chains) that I just went with a new OEM Ohtsu tire.

Incidentaly, Miller Tire (from the above Carlisle link) offers new OEM Ohtsu front tires here for $155.00 plus tax (not sure if shipping is free from them).

My recommendation is that if you possibly see a front or rear used tire that holds air and is reasonably priced I'd snag it for a spare. Or better yet snag one of each. I never thought I wold damage a tire using the tractor like I do--I thought they'd dry rot and fail. But I did ruin one and really need this machine working so I can leave my house.

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I have a hard time figuring out the size of your hole but have you considered a glued on patch inside AND a tube?

I am running a tube in one of my '05 Passat tire since I hit a pothole last year and the tire was torn on about 10mm on the side wall. Given my tires are Nokians and they are too worn to install a new one but not worn enough to scrap them I chose to go with the tube. ~20 000 km so far and I am not the slowest driver around. No problem. I know the load is not the same on a tractor (probably higher traction load but way less speed/impacts) but personally I would have tried saving the tire.

Completely jealous of your tractor BTW. I dream of buying a 6522 someday, that is definitely my dream tractor!

Got to love older tractors!
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I have a hard time figuring out the size of your hole but have you considered a glued on patch inside AND a tube?

I am running a tube in one of my '05 Passat tire since I hit a pothole last year and the tire was torn on about 10mm on the side wall. Given my tires are Nokians and they are too worn to install a new one but not worn enough to scrap them I chose to go with the tube. ~20 000 km so far and I am not the slowest driver around. No problem. I know the load is not the same on a tractor (probably higher traction load but way less speed/impacts) but personally I would have tried saving the tire.

Completely jealous of your tractor BTW. I dream of buying a 6522 someday, that is definitely my dream tractor!
I did not really consider the tube route. I just ordered a new tire from boats.net.

Eventually, I will probably replace the rest of the tires as I plan to keep this tractor and they have some cracking going on. Nothing to worry about right now but I've already just accepted the fact that by 20 years or so they will probably need replacing.
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Well, the OEM ones of my 1977 Massey Ferguson 1655 are still on the tractor! Appart from the not properly fixed punctures and the fact the front ones are nearly all thread less, they still do the job! I must admit at one point it's better to simply replace them with new ones.

Got to love older tractors!
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I think you made prudent decision ny going with "oem" as you don't want to strip gearing in machine.
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New tire is supposed to be here tomorrow. Just in time. We are seeing some serious crappy blizzard-like weather for the next couple days. Not the best time for my tractor to be down... The snow just leaps off the ground onto the road right in front of my house. It's pretty crazy. I'm sure others have something similar.

This was in front of my garage door the other day. Absolutely zero snowfall but some wind. I shoveled the top off it and it was still more than my wife could get through in her car. So I blew it with the Honda with a flat tire. Lol. Tonight when I got home I would've been on the Honda in a second if it had a good tire. Tire and wheel are pulled. Delivery of the new tire is changed to a place I think it will get to with the weather we are seeing. Pickup the new tire tomorrow, take the new tire and old tire/wheel combo to the local place on the way home and then blow some drifts tomorrow night.

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Got the tire and blew some snow! While the tire was down I had to bust through the snow with my one ton diesel truck so my wife could get her car through. I went through it about ten times to bust it up and pack it down somewhat. So when I finally got the tire and blew the snow it was packed REALLY hard. AND it was -11 F actual when I was blowing with serious winds so that packed the snow even more. I don't remember having to stop forward movement in Low 1st before to let it catch-up--that's how hard the snow was packed.

My wife took a bunch of videos when I was blowing the other day. I had a snowmobile helmet on (you can see why in the second video). There's some more on my youtube channel if you are so inclined.

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