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Overunder1
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:39 am    Post subject: brake drum question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I finally am getting around to rebuilding the brakes on my to-30. Read through the archives and could not find any reference to having the drums 'turned'. Is this not common or just not worth fussing with considering the lack of warp speed we are able to generate on our Fergies?
-Lee
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: brake drum question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mine were out of round so a turning was needed. As long as you have the drums off I think the $12 or so is worth it before you reassemble and then find a problem.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: brake drum question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi

My drums looked ok
My brake shoes looked like new
But.....barely no brakes

I talked to a gentleman at the machine shop who turns brake drums. He said that the shoes must be fitted to the drums each side independently.

I brough the drums and shoes to the machine shop they fitted the drums and shoes cost $70...
I reinstalled brakes and drums and tried the brakes...unbeleivable !!! I can block both wheels
on asphalt pavement with just light presure on the
pedal.

I learned something one more time..
after close to 50 years using/repairing tractors

My 2ยข

Joe Ferguson
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:24 am    Post subject: Re: brake drum question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the help. Will take both ideas and take drums and shoes in. I too never heard of matching shoes to the drums, (radius or width perhaps?) The current setup is fine for uphill mowing but way to exciting during the downhill phase and significant other is fearing for her petunias.
-Lee
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:29 pm    Post subject: Re: brake drum question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

One of the biggest problems with the brakes is that they seize up on the joint at the inside end of the independent brake pedal,to check it, lift the independent brake pedal on each side and if the brake rod alongside the Transmission bends it is seized and requires freeing off. Also check that the brake rods have no play in them, very often they try to adjust the brakes on the brake rods. Detach the brake rod at the front, adjust the brake up in the Drum and then pull the brake rod to remove the play and fit the clevis pin though the rod by adjusting the clevis on the end so the pin just slides in while you are pulling the rod to remove the play. Then slacken the brakes 6 clicks and test, if one stops the wheel before the other slacken that one off a couple of clicks until they both stop together. You need to carry this out even if you have to have the Drums machined. To tighten the brakes use a screwdriver to tighten the shoes by pushing the handle towards the axle through the slot in the backplate.
 
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