* Brakes – That work

Posted on July 24th, 2016 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.


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Over a year ago I fitted new brakes to my TE-F20 tractor as the old ones were saturated in hydraulic oil from a leaky seal on the trumpet housing. Don’t worry I replaced the seals at the same time and cleaned the whole break area of oil. Today I finally fitted new brakes and they work a treat. the old liners I originally fitted were bonded to the shoe and the material they are made from seems very hard. Last year at Newark (November)  I picked up from Sam Neill (The FOFH area representative for Northern Ireland) some really soft liners & copper rivets. He had bought them over from Ireland on the Tour bus. (leaving more space for them to take purchased items home with him) I found on eBay 4 brake shoes for £10, they actually included all the parts for the brakes apart from the drums. Next step was getting them shot blasted, painted and the new liners riveted on. The riveting process was a learning curve and the last shoe was better than the first!

As my family is away today and I’d completed all my tasks, shopping, mowing the lawn, washing etc I had enough time in the afternoon before going to the cinema to fit the new brakes. I used the trusty Ferguson jack to lift the back end up using the ferguson hydraulics and removed the wheels. I had help from Roger and Fred and the job was achieved in no time with a bit of friendly banter. I am super pleased with the results  as the tractor now stops within about 2 tractor lengths whilst driving in 4th gear at full speed, Result. Just in time to drive to the 85th Ashover show at the start of next month.

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To fit and adjust the brakes I followed the section P information in the Ferguson Manual, Invaluable.

The main area of adjustment once all was back together was stopping the tractor pulling to one side. This is achieved by slackening off the side that the tractor pulls towards, then have another go

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Eventually I could lock the wheels of the tractor and the front didn’t pull left or right. Another job sorted and I feel much happier that the tractor will now stop when I put my foot on the brakes!

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