All 4 wood bearings were wore at a angle but not worn metal to metal so no damage done.
I couldn't find a new made wood bearing so I did research on several tractor forums.
Found were a farmer used plastic plumbing pipe for a permanent repair. I used a 2" plastic of correct length, then used another 1.5" pipe and cut a part out length wise so I could squeeze it together to fit into the 2" pipe and be a good tight fit on the axle shaft. There is no real movement inside the axle shaft or bearing housing.
Put everything back together and loaded the axle housing with grease through the grease zerk.
After 3 season of use it seems there is not real wear. I do only use the cultipacer for about 2 miles per year.
On 2nd thought I'm thinking the center piece of pipe was 1.5" and not 2" that has a cut out length wise.
That explains exactly how I did it. Memory just isn't what it used to be. LOL.
I'm just in the process of rebuilding an old drag disc and it needs bearings. I was going to use wood, but if the bearings that MK111 made are still holding up, I may go that route. Any updates?
I was able to pick up a John Deere 15 foot cultipacker (double roller with cultivator shanks in between) about 3 years ago. Free of charge as long as I came and picked it up. The tongue is bent, but it works great... Best deal of my life!
On mine, I can lift the cultivator portion out of the ground and just run the packer. Leaves a great seedbed and really levels the ground.
I’ll broadcast and then run over it once more with the packers only. Seems to work very well.
Trail cam pic attached... my 7520 is my food-plot tractor. A little over kill, but I like to tinker and love the old stuff.
I can buy bigger equipment that has a lot of life left in it, rebuild it, and save a lot of money.
I bought a 3 point disc a few years back that cost over $3,000 new. Last time I’ll spend that kind of money on an implement for food plots that is only 8 foot wide.
I’m kind of the same way, One Arrow. I buy all of my food plot implements on the cheap, if possible. Fortunately, there is a spring & fall farm consignment auction in my hometown each year. There’s usually some smaller implements that the big acreage farmers no longer use, that sell pretty cheap (except when junk iron prices are high). My wife accuses me of having Tourette’s syndrome sometimes, when she sees some of the “treasures” I drag home! ;-)
My dad ended up taking it off of my hands and had a close friend do a restomod... kind of like a t-bucket. It’s amazing what you can do with time, skill, and patience.
Ive got a lot of projects, I’m guessing most will never get done. I’ve got junker in my blood, but as long as I can keep it out of sight and somewhat organized my wife doesn’t seem to mind.