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Jack Bud    Posted 06-17-2020 at 09:10:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • unknown gear cluster in very front of center section
  • You Guys are correct. My mystery component is a Howard. Thankyou all for helping. The handle or "shift lever" is still there. Everything looks good, except one gear is a little rough. Naturally I would like to replace it with something a little sweeter if possible. Again, thankyou for help! Any idea where I can look for a replacement part or am I S.O.L.?

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 06-18-2020 at 05:34:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • howard handle

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 06-18-2020 at 05:29:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • post some photos of the gear in question. Parts are hard to find.

    TheOldHokie    Posted 06-17-2020 at 18:29:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: unknown gear cluster in very front of center section
  • The typical (universal???) gear failures in a Howard take out all three reduction gears. The mating edges of the three reduction gears get chewed up. Some suffer more damage than others but it's usually pretty uniform. Here is a picture of a typical Howard failure showing two of the gears. How does yours look compared to the picture? Outside of finding a salvage unit with good gears (not likely) replacement gears are not available. I have priced making those gears and in quantities of 10 sets of three gears each maybe $800 - $1000 per set. For a single set you will pay considerably more. They are compound assemblies with multiple features that render them hard to make.

    TOH

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-17-2020 at 10:25:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hi Jack ---sorry, had to say that! I don't think anyone repops Howard parts but if you have the old one, you may be able to get someone to make a new one. Gears are cut, shaped, splined, and of hardened steel so won't be cheap.

    Tim

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