Drive chain broke on bobcat 185

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Mike33, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My bobcat 185 with about 1700 hours broke a drive chain today. Has any one ever had this happened before? My employee was operating today and was moving some clay for a sub base, was going along side of pile whrn it seemed he had some clay packed in the steel track. This happens at times and he just rocked back and forth then took off. he didnt go far and couldnt back up, when he would try it would move around 4' than stop like the brake was on. had it towed in to shop mechanic took off plate cover and chain was off. They said its only about the fourth one ever broke and come from stress. There are 3 chains in the case.
    Mike
     
  2. rockytopp

    rockytopp LawnSite Member
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    This seems to happen quite often after hard stressful hours of use. A friend of mine has bob cat, an older model and can count on a broken chain when ever he gets in tough slam bam digging. My friend down the road brakes one in his case about once a year. I guess any thing man made will break some time or other. I have helped put several on, not to bad of a job with the right attitude. Good luck. Paul
     
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's a combination of high hours and working with steel tracks in clay. Don't feel bad, it was bound to happen at some point.
     
  4. mak landscape

    mak landscape LawnSite Member
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    mike
    i have a buddy with a cat 262 that has broken two drive chains both with tracks on. tracks put a lot of tork on chians. his machine has 1600 hrs on it. he had to replace the sprokets two. he ha snow replaced all of the drive chians and sprokets for preventitive reasons. on another note i amd demoing a turf maker 550 next week ill let you know what i think
     
  5. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks man i know you have been around a lot of equiptment and seen a lot.
    Mike
     
  6. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Would you mind mentioning my name to Myron, or Ruthie at turf maker. I have demoed my machine 3 times and they give me some perks. Bobcat landscaping Service / Mike Thanks,
    Mike
     
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hahaha, thanks! At least someone thinks at my ripe age of 20 I actually know what I'm talking about. Now, if only I could fool the rest of the world...:rolleyes:

    I haven't seen it all, yet, but hopefully I can tell a story or two by the time I'm retired.
     
  8. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I read your posts i am old enough to ( could be your dad ) to know when posts are real or bull ****. I knew you were young but you pretty well grew up in the business that makes the difference. I do enjoy your straight forward replies i do the same in comm. landscape and hardscape forums and piss off a few people.
    Mike
     
  9. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Okey vedict is now im at the second rear chain is streched, sprockets at 300.00 a piece is scared, then the axle seals are weak then you should replace the wheel bearings. Looks like a 2k repair but all of drive train will be new. I said go ahead and fix it right, i guess this is my favorite saying " elements of business "
    Mike
     
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    At 1700 hours, you have to be realistic. Good move on getting it fixed, $2K is not a whole lot in the whole scheme of things. How many hours have you had the tracks on there?
     

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