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well, just started using my newly aquired 1600 and was moving a little dirt around the yard. Tractor runs great, hydraulics are excellent but after moving maybe 10 bucket fulls of dirt, the left front spindle/king pin piece snaps clean off about 3 inches from the spindle!! Was very surprised to see it is made of cast and not a solid piece of steel. I was digging dirt from a spill pile that our basement was dug from. Maybe I was digging too hard into the pile? I have used Michigan loaders and case skidsteers for years where I work and have never experienced anything like this before. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. sorry for the long winded post.
 

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no thoughts on why it broke? the other side has been welded too!! should have looked as little closer at it when I bought it ..:duh:
 

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Did you break the axle or the axle extension? If it was the extension, I would say when/if you find replacements, move them in as close as you can to the axle with new bolts and crank them down tight. After using it for a while continue to check the tightness of those bolts. That front end was a little weak for loader work. If you plan on keeping it you should baby it like it's a brand new car off the showroom floor.

-Leon
 

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A GOOD welder can make it as strong or better than new. In fact welding it and adding some additional reinforcement might be the best way to go since you have a loader on it. :goodl:
 

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Thanks for the replies. I have searched and searched in western Canada, but no parts to be found. I will probably take the axle off and have it welded. Yes, it is the stub piece that has the tube that holds the spindle, it has 3 holes in it that bolts to what they call the "axle shaft"- just another bar that is bolted in the middle under the tractor and extends a little ways in both directions- left and right.
 
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