1989 - Volume #13, Issue #2, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Way to Fix Junked Case/IH Tractor Wheels"IH tractor wheels are one of 'the highest-demand parts at salvage yards all over the country because they break down so often. A new wheel costs about $800 while our new repair kit costs less than $200 and restores existing wheels to better-than-new condition," says Dave Steiner of Steiner Tractor Parts, manufacturer of anew Wedge Lock wheel repair kit for IH tractor wheels dating from 1960 to present Case/IH models.
According to Steiner, the problem with IH tractor wheels is that the cast wheel and hub are all one piece. That means the steel axle is "wedge locked" into a keyway in the cast iron wheel/hub. Because the steel axle is much harder than the cast hub, it wears out the keyway to the point where the entire wheel has to be junked. A new replacement wheel costs around $800.
"We machine out the old keyway and replace the original wedge lock with our own patented steel wedge lock which has a keyway to fit the axle. The old keyway is machined out to the diameter of the axle, the round side of the axle is cradled into it, and the new wedge lock and keyway is bolted into place. The repaired wheel is stronger than new. We've got more than 3,200 hrs. on 7 tractors equipped with our rebuilt wheels and we haven't had any problems," says Steiner.
The new Wedge Lock repair kit is de-signed to fit any 3 1/4 or 3 1/2 in. dia. axle, which includes the 806 to 1066 tractors (3 1/ 4 in.) and 1466 tractors (3 1/2 in.).
Steiner manufactures hundreds of "bet-ter than new" replacement parts for tractors and sells them both direct and through salvage yards around the country.
The new wheel repair kit sells for $185.
Steiner suggests farmers have their local salvage yards or repair shops contact him for more information. Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Dave Steiner, Steiner Tractor Parts, G-10096 S. Saginaw Rd., Holly, Mich. 48442 (ph 313 694-5314 or 313 695-1919).
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