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Kimberly    Posted 05-04-2018 at 13:46:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Leveling Box Assembly
  • This is an advice post. As I posted before, my leveling assembly does not work, frozen tight. It was repaired in the past with someone cutting out a section and welding in a new section for the screw. I found one on fleabay and the guy wants $60.00 for with the claim that it is working well. Now Just 8Ns has an aftermarket leveling assembly for $75. The guy on fleabay claims that the aftermarket one would be cheaper made than going with an original. So guys, would do you think? Is it best to go with an old sight unseen; taken on faith it is working well, original leveling arm or the aftermarket leveling arm?

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 05-04-2018 at 19:42:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Leveling Box Assembly
  • Buy a good one from wherever you feel most confident, then sell the frozen one on ebay as "Not Working". You might get 50% of the cost back, and somebody like me will have lots of fun restoring the broken one. I picked up a broken one to put on the left side of my 3000. That one was rusted solid, but eventually came apart. It needed major surgery, including a new screw, but works fine now. All my tractors have leveling boxes on both sides. It seems to save a few trips around the implement when hooking up, and provides twice as much adjustment.

    mhb@ufe    Posted 05-04-2018 at 15:46:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If you just want a good working leveling box I would go with the aftermarket one. If originality is important then you might want o post in the adds section and purchase one from a member here that hopefully would be honest with you about what they are selling.

    Mark

    Kimberly    Posted 05-04-2018 at 23:57:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Leveling Box Assembly
  • My concern was if the after market one is of the same quality and will hold up. Cast steel in the fork versus cast iron for example. The after market ones looks pretty much in the style of the originals. The Old Girl is a working tractor and will probably never be fully restored.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-05-2018 at 04:21:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • They are all made of steel -cast iron is too brittle for that application. I wouldn't toss the original out. Have you tried PB BLASTER in the threads? Have you tried heating it up to help loosen? Propane or butane isn't hot enough -you need a good torch like a welders' torch. But if you get it too hot, you only work harden the material and then it may become worse. Try spraying PB or Liquid Wrench in it several times a day for a few days then try loosening it. Apply heat as a last resort but part must be clamped good so it doesn't turn. Try a local machine shop too as they may be able to help you. As far as original or new, I don't know, I like to always use the original whenever I can. You can try looking in the archives here for old posts on the subject. You might find someone who has been down that road already and can offer advice.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Kimberly    Posted 05-05-2018 at 12:55:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Leveling Box Assembly
  • I have tried PB Blaster multiple times, heating it multiple times. I won's throw it away but I think I need help freeing it. The guy on fleabay said I could have the one he is selling for $55 shipped and said it is in good working order. Hopefully he is being honest. The current one on the tractor was repaired. In fact, the LH arm looks as if it has been welded in some sort of repair.


    R Geiger    Posted 05-05-2018 at 09:23:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have one aftermarket on one of my 8ns and it is holding up just fime, been doing blade work with it and mowing. Maybe it will only last 20 years, who knows, but so far it is good.

    Kimberly    Posted 05-05-2018 at 12:57:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Leveling Box Assembly
  • Thanks; it is always good to hear from someone who is actually using the part.

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