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mhudgins
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:56 pm    Post subject: Drott 40 excavator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Anybody have any comments about a drott 40 track hoe
Man has one for sale it's running and he wants scrap price for it
Are they any good to use on a farm or are they obsolete as far as getting parts and such
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Drott 40 excavator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is a salvage place in southern Illinois that has plenty of parts for them, I just can't remember the name right now -- I had a case 880D, which is the same machine for many years and never had any problem getting whatever I needed, they are simple machines, mostly you will get water and mud in the final drives which just requires a little cleaning out. Does it have the case diesel engine?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:40 am    Post subject: Re: Drott 40 excavator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I owned a Drott 50D for years and everything was still avalible from Case at the time I sold it.One major problem with the Drotts was the pillow block bearings on each side of the drive sprocket.The inner one was around $1500 and the outer one around $900 the last time I bought them.Most of the time they wreck the sprocket shaft when they go out and it was around $2000.One other real weak point was the turntable bearing.If it has any play in it the drive gear teeth for the swing will usually have some broken teeth.There is a little inspection cover close to the swing box that can be removed so you can see the teeth while someone swings it real slow.My old Drott was a big strong gorilla but it was slow as all get out.Mine was a 50000lb machine and I sold it to buy a newer 490E Deere which is a 28000lb machine.Even though the Deere is a lot smaller it will run rings around the Drott all day long.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:22 am    Post subject: Re: Drott 40 excavator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought two new somewhere around 1975 at that time they were the real deal , now day the pilot operated machines are faster. As the other poster noted the pillow block bearings go out when run in mud and water. I found a good number from bearing supplier and cut the cost to 1/3 of his quoted cost. Most had 4 gear dana finals and were cheap to work on outside the bearings. The place in Ill. is CHARTRAND parts. There was a real nice case 880 on Nashville CL yesterday for $ 7,000 same machine but newer.
 
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