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Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Matt Kirsch » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:07 am

Years ago I bought a fast hitch for my Cub that was missing the depth control handle. I made one myself patterned after the crank style.

Fast Forward to last summer. I bought a $5 pallet lot at an auction that had a genuine Cub crank style depth control on it! It was the only IH thing at the entire auction.

I keep starting to put the factory crank on the tractor, then I stop and reconsider... I am kind of proud of the one I made myself. It looks okay. It works. It's unique...

So if you fabbed up something to stand in for a factory part, then later found the factory part, would you replace it?

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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby mcwinter » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:17 am

No, keep your fabbed handle on the tractor to remind you of your personal connection to the machine.

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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Slim140 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:17 am

If you made it and it works as good or better than an original, I say leave it. The pride, the sweat, the knowing you made something and it works says a lot.
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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:36 am

But, hang on to the OEM one.
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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:13 am

If it is a handle style Fast-Hitch, the crank-style control won't fit anyway.

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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Slim140 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:10 am

Jim Becker wrote:If it is a handle style Fast-Hitch, the crank-style control won't fit anyway.

I didn't think about this but Jim is correct. The bail bar bracket is different where the depth controls mount.

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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Matt Kirsch » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:06 pm

Jim probably has it somewhere in the back of his mind that mine is the lever style, but I have steel and a torch and a welder. Not a huge challenge to build an adapter block and a whole lot less work than swapping out the bail.

Of course if I end up keeping my homemade depth control, no changes need to be made at all.

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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby coppersmythe » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:19 am

i think i would just use it as-is ( its a bit of pride when you use something you have made with your own two hands ) , and let the new owner decide should you ever sell it . coppersmythe................................

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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Waif » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:30 am

If it ain't broke......

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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Slim140 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:21 am

Waif wrote:If it ain't broke......

Break it so you can fix it better? :lol:
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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Waif » Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:09 pm

Shane N. wrote:
Waif wrote:If it ain't broke......

Break it so you can fix it better? :lol:


Pretty much.
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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:20 am

If ya Farmer Fix it so it works, was that fixed right or wrong?
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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby Gary Dotson » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:59 am

There have been times I've made items that I was pretty proud of, other times, not so much. If you're proud of the one you made, keep it, otherwise....

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Re: Factory part vs. something you made yourself

Postby jsfarmall » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:52 pm

Buy another tractor for the factory part. That way neither money or effort is wasted. 8) :{_}:
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