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Cable Driven Western Problem

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by drivewaydoctor, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. Hey guys,

    I'm running an older Cable Driven Western Plow (Isarmatic) and it seems the set screw that holds my cables in place has come out and the hole has no threads left. This is causing a problem with moving my blade left and right. I called my local plow parts guy and they want $638 to replace the whole box and side components where the hoses go into. This seems really extreme for just that little set screw hole.

    Would you recommend I re-tap the hole and add like a metal screw or something? Or am I stuck with having to spend the $638 ??

    Do you know of any sites in the States that I can purchase just the little 5 sided cable entry box and not the whole side of the motor?

    Thanks in advance for any and all help.

  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    search ebay. guy has them on there now for 150 buy it now. if you go the new route.
  3. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,511

    tap the hole use biger screw
  4. I'm not seeing it on Ebay. Would you mind providing me with a link to the auction bud?
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    Tap the hole out one size larger, or move over and drill another, if that is all that is wrong with it. Better the devil you know. Stripped cable locks are a common problem with the old cable control pumps.
  6. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    The tap method works just fine. Easy and cheap.
  8. Tap method didn't work. I'm waiting on a response about the part. Looks like I'm going to have to change the Cable and Linkage housing.
  9. juspayme

    juspayme Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    update get rid of the cable plows. i had 2 of them. especially if you keep your truck outside at night, they frezze!.
  10. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    try using a helecoil? (sp?)
  11. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    There's plenty of meat to drill a new hole and tap a set of threads...simply move around the side of the cable boss.

    Another method thats a little butch but does work well is to reinstall the screw (I know the threads a stripped) and place a hose clamp around the cable boss to hold the set screw in place. Cheap and quick way to fix one that isn't worth spending big $$ on.

    Messages: 5

    I had tyhe same problem, just thread a self tapping screw in there, mine has been on for more then 10years...just go for it.