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I need a used auger swivel for a R72. They should fit from the first R series in 1986 and up. I am in southeastern North Dakota. If anyone knows of one within 350 miles, please let me know. The ball bearings are bunched and the race is part way out and jammed up solid. I would cut race out and try a new one, but they are $1000, and a swivel is over $4000. Nearest are in Iowa and Kansas respectively.
 

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Well, I decided it would be faster to just work with what I had and fix it. Auger was locked solid about 2 feet above rear rest. I used skid steer to pull flighting and support auger while I unbolted it. I used torch to cut a 1" piece out of inner race and took about an hour to work all the bearing balls out. The groove in the inner race was worn, but I went forward. I used a chunk of flat iron to set the space of the gap I torched out so that the race fit back into the swivel nice and tight and tack welded it. then I spent 4 hours filling it back in with weld, smoothing it out with grinder, and machining the groove back in using a 1/2" ball mill in a cordless drill. It took 3 hours to work all the balls back in. must have been tight as I could not get an extra one in. Worst part was bolting it back on the machine. None of the holes lined up. I never figured for extra 1/4" I expanded the race. I had to drill out the holes closest to the repair to 3/4" and the rest to 5/8". I didn't want to report back till I was sure it worked. I harvested 500 acres of soybeans and it is still tight. It took 2 solid days of work. I will find a spare, but now I can take time to find a deal on a good one. I will drill all the holes to 3/4" and use 3/4-1/2" inserts if I ever need to mount a new one. Hope this helps someone.
 

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Eisemann Supply in West Point Ne specializes in Gleaner salvage yard. 402-454-3306. West Point is in North East Nebraska.
 
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