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locked up V-Box

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by ToolCatCruzer, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. ToolCatCruzer

    ToolCatCruzer Junior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 9

    I have an 8' stainless swenson spreader and the lower auger chain is locked up. Is there any tricks to getting it unstuck? I've spent a day turning it by hand with a pipe wrench and lubing it, it sat over night and the motor still cant spin it. any body got any secrets to getting it lose? its our second year dealing with it,and unfortunately it had to be stored outside all off season. anyone got any ideas, or is this going to be an expensive lesson learned?
  2. Cover Guy

    Cover Guy Senior Member
    Messages: 224

    Go to a local farm store and by some number 40 chain and a connecter link and replace it I replace mine every year the chain is cheap if its the spinner chain
  3. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Yesiree,I do.Get yourself a couple gallons of kerosene or if you can find it,some #2 diesel with 500PPB[high sulfur content--more lubricity],or red home heating fuel.Put it in a pump sprayer and have at it.Let it SOAK!!! After she's freed and running,spray it down good with FLUID FILM,everytime after use,wash it out with water and again FLUID FILM. Good luck.
  4. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    I have the same spreader. I oil it before i put it away and its still a pain every year, You are doing about all you can let it soak and keep the oil to it. You should be able to get it going. Check the spinner bearings and make sure they are free. They seem to get frozen also.
  5. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    Here is what you do. You do not know where its hanging up at, so cut both chains off with a grinder wheel. You can replace them for extremely cheap. I replace mine every year anyway. Now rotate the spinner and see if it spins freely. If so, great. If not, check and lube bearings. Now go to output shaft on gearbox. Do the same thing. Then clutch assembly shaft. Not to hard, just a dirtly rusty pain. Its most likely the chains, but could be any number of bearings.