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Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Paul Van Benschoten » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:38 pm

I just brought home a 1950 Cub in decent shape. If the weather is nice on Wednesday, I'll get some pictures and casting codes for the database.

It came with a 54A grader blade with a bent push rod, the one inside the spring for down pressure. I have access to a 20 ton press, but will that be adequate to straighten this 7/8 inch rod? Will I need heat also?

While on the topic of snow plows, where do people get non-metal edges? My driveway was paved this summer after living here for 32 years. I don't want to leave scratches all over it. I have removed the tire chains from all my tractors. There are several places online that sell urethane plow edges, but is there something else that works well?
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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:41 pm

I think your press should handle it without heat. If you have any neighbors with horses you might be able to get a strip off of an old stall mat. A new 4' x 6' x 3/4" mat would run about $40 here, not sure what the urethane would be.
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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Paul Van Benschoten » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:55 pm

The urethane strip 60" x 4" x .75 is about $80. How long will the horse mat last rubbing against the pavement? A few years ago I bought one of those mats for the back of my F250. I could cut a strip off of that.
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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:11 pm

I plow gravel so I can't comment on longevity. I think that would partly depend on how much down pressure you have on the surface you're plowing.
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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Bill Hudson » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:37 pm

Paul,

Here is a post I put up about my plow setup. http://farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=95076&p=749258&hilit=urethane+cutting+edge#p749258 The contact and part number information for the cutting edge is in the post. I really like the cutting edge and wear has not been a concern. I regularly plow 4 concrete drives in Ohio's "Snowbelt."

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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Drfting1 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:34 am

picked up a 54a last winter that had a bent rod just like yours... I was able to straighten out without heat no problem

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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod and plow edge

Postby Paul Van Benschoten » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:20 am

It is good to hear that fixing the bent rod should be "easy". I won't be able to get to my buddy's press until later this week.

I'll cut a piece from my horse mat and give it try before buying the urethane, although I will probably buy one eventually.
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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Drfting1 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:05 pm

unfortunately I didn't have access to a press.... got couple pieces of 6x6's I had laying around, put a v notch in each, placed bent area between them and used a mallet had it straight in a few min, used it for a little plowing, then used it for grading this summer with no issues, didn't seem to weaken it

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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Paul Van Benschoten » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:38 am

Drfting1 wrote:... and used a mallet had it straight in a few min, used it for a little plowing, then used it for grading this summer with no issues, didn't seem to weaken it



I had thought about doing that since I am usually in a hurry to get things done.
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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby T-Mo » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:04 am

For polyurethane cutting edge, try Fallline.

http://www.fallline.com/snow-removal/sn ... ing-edges/

A 60 inch undrilled is $72. They can also do custom ones.

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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Paul Van Benschoten » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:30 am

I'm going to try the cheap way first, I'll cut 4 or 5 inches from my horse stall mat.

I still haven't been able to attempt to straighten the push rod. This is when I really want my own press, but I don't need one very often.
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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Bill Hudson » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:49 am

Paul Van Benschoten wrote:... This is when I really want my own press, but I don't need one very often.


After you get a press, you will be amazed at the number of times you will use it, for things you never imagined. Sure beats a big hammer.

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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Stanton » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:46 am

Bill Hudson wrote:
Paul Van Benschoten wrote:... This is when I really want my own press, but I don't need one very often.


After you get a press, you will be amazed at the number of times you will use it, for things you never imagined. Sure beats a big hammer.

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And if you do get a press, get a 20 ton. The 12 ton version is just so-so. Harbor Freight has them on sale from time to time.
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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Paul Van Benschoten » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:39 pm

Most of the people at Cecil's CubFest last weekend saw my bent 54A plow support. It did not fit in the shop press there and a few people tried to straighten it with big wrenches and body weight. I'm glad no one got hurt!

I finally bought my own 20T press since they were on sale at HF. I think all the bends and twists are fixed!
(I should have taken a picture before I put it in the press)

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Now I need to weld the broken piece.

Thanks to everyone who tried or offered moral support!
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Re: Bent 54A grader push rod

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:01 pm

Glad to see that you are on the way to getting it fixed.
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