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I would say 'yes' to your question...especially to get you through harvest.

Man, I am sorry that you are having trouble with that. Mine have been in for years, now.

You changed the crank at the same time? Man!
 

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Yeah, Dave...I knew the new machines used wood...
I'm not buring a bit!



I was just telling what has worked for me...you did the same...
Sounds as though our experiences are on opposite ends of the spectrum!

I can not help but think that the Guru is right, is his theory!
 

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Rosco:
It sounds like you have done a great job on the install on your wood blocks. I believe it to be true that the [correct and meticulous] install has just as much to do with longevity than the block/bearing itself. If the thing is not installed correctly, or is in a bind, it will not last long....
whether it be a cast-alloy bearing, or a wood block..

My 9600 originally came with wooden blocks. When my combine went in for the 'Green Light Special" @ the JD House, they recommended cast alloy bearings, both front and rear. The mechanic that did the work on my combine was so meticulous...I attribute his work ethic and 'style' to my walker bearings lasting so long...that and a bunch of grease!

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As for the blocks themselves, though, I was wondering if BrewMax should be asking for 8820 blocks ; or should he be asking for 9610 (or maybe even 9650 WTS) [upgraded] blocks. [Rosco,] Are your blocks "oil impregnated"? I realize that the "oil" in them will not last long, but I was under the impression that Mother Deere had come up with some sort of 'upgrade' pertaining to the block(s). Are your 8820 blocks 'oil impregnated', or just 'normal'?
 

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Just so there's no confusion, here:
I am ~not saying that there is a difference...

I was asking you which he should get:

Quote:As for the blocks themselves, though, I was wondering if BrewMax should be asking for 8820 blocks ; or should he be asking for 9610 (or maybe even 9650 WTS) [upgraded] blocks.
It was a question, but I did not end the sentence with a question mark.

I thought maybe your 'shimming' technique was your/the 'secret' to long-lived blocks.
I don't know if there is a different part number. The 8820 and the 9610 could very well use the same block. I was hoping that you would know!
 

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Thanks for clearing that up, Dave. I kinda' thought he should get the [walker] blocks for his ~particular machine...

Personally, I think posting the Deere instructions for walker block/bearing install would be great! I mean, I don't personally have the need for that info. at the moment, but I think it would be ~great info. to have [posted].

As much discussion as there is about this topic, I would think that your posting would become a sticky..(!)
This topic has to be one of the most frequented subjects there is, here in the JD Section of this Forum!

*Dave, do you happen to know the company that makes the under-sized blocks..for those folks who have worn cranks?
Does Loewan make both the standard and under-sized blocks?*

 
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