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Problems with western quadrant

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Jason Pallas, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    I just got a replacement quadrant for my uni-mount from J.thomas Distributors. I went to go install it - while putting the angle cylinder pins in, I had to tap them to get them in (and I mean "tap" in a very gentle way NOT Pound!). Well, low and behold - I look under the quadrant and the u-shaped mount for the angle cylinder has broken!!!! It just broke at the bend of the U - not even at the weld!!!!
    What a piece of crap! I'm pretty sure this is not an OEM replacement part. I mean if this thing broke just putting it on - think of what the rest of it would look like after a night of plowing. I'm totally disapointed - my guess is that the thing was probably welded in Mexico with steel from China. BTW the powder coating on the unit was little more than spray-on bedliner paint. That's what outsourcing gets you!!! I'm from Detroit - I shoulda known better - next time I'll ask if the part is made in the USA. I'll be returning this one Monday morning for sure - and off to the Western Dealer to buy an OEM quadrant.
    My question: Has anyone else tried after-market quadrants/A frames and had similar problems? I probably could have melted down some pop cans and made a stronger quadrant.
  2. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    I've often thought aboutthese and wondered about them, myself. We were just discussing this tonight as we were straightening and welding a Western A frame that was cracked clean through. We've rebuilt several of these A frames and pivot points (top of the A), but have never replaced one with an aftermarket.