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Log splitter tire replacement

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Beamer, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. Beamer

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    Hey guys,

    I'm trying to change the tire on my Mackissic LS 247 Mighty Mac and having a difficult task in aligning the hole for the cotter pin after I've installed the washer and castellated nut. The hub assembly appears to be seated properly so I'm not sure what I may be doing incorrectly. I cleaned both bearings to the hub assembly as well as the axel but still a problem.

    Will apprecite any suggestions proffered.

    Thanks,

    Beamer
     
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    Sounds intriguing. Can you post some pics of the afflicted area?
    I would say clean it all up of dirt/grease, sawdust etc., But sounds like you did that.
    May sound slight, but check the cotter pin hole and make sure it's clear too. I had one or two sand grains in one of mine once and couldn't figure out why the damn pin wouldn't go through.
     
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    Thank you for your response.
    I did all those things and finally decided to use a 4d finishing nail that I bent at each end to secure in the hole. Hopefully that should work. The only way I could make the cotter pin work was to tighten the castellated nut to the point the tire couldn't rotate so I didn't think that was a good alternative.

    Let me know if you have any other thoughts.

    Best
     
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    Usually I torque the nut to 30-50ft/lbs while rotating the tire, then back the nut off till the holes line up (usually around 1/8 turn or so) and slide the key in. The initial torque makes sure the bearings are fully seated, backing it off makes sure that there isn't too much pre-load on the bearings.
     
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    Thanks, again. Do I require a special wrench for this, else how would I know the torque referenced?
     
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    This is the correct way to do it, no special tools needed, just a good quality cotter pin that is the correct size.
     
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    Cheap beam type torque wrench is good enough for this, you just need it in the ballpark for the torque.
     

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