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by bedwards1966
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: Snapped drawbar - anyone ever seen this before?
Replies: 19
Views: 2122

Re: Snapped drawbar - anyone ever seen this before?

More information... The drawbar was on its shortest setting. It was being used with a normal, single eye on the trailer (not a double clevis or anything daft like that). The trailer was nose heavy but the tractor did lift and latch it and tow it about 30 miles before this happened. It was driving on...
by bedwards1966
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: DB885 Starting Difficulties
Replies: 50
Views: 4095

Re: DB885 Starting Difficulties

Lofty wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:04 pm
Could an intermittent air leak cause both symptoms?
No, the battery is there for starting the engine and has no effect on how it runs - it can even be disconnected after starting and the engine would run all day without it quite happily.
by bedwards1966
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: Snapped drawbar - anyone ever seen this before?
Replies: 19
Views: 2122

Re: Snapped drawbar - anyone ever seen this before?

Indeed it has been welded, and the weld has gone to the corner of the metal which is a bad thing. However, the weld doesn't go across the piece which certainly does cause cracks, I'm surprised to see such a sudden failure from this. Given how many drawbars are out there welded together (usually done...
by bedwards1966
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: DB885 Starting Difficulties
Replies: 50
Views: 4095

Re: DB885 Starting Difficulties

It sounds like the battery to me. When you say you had a neighbor test it, there are different methods of testing and a battery that has just been charged (either from a charger or from a running vehicle, such as when driving it to the neighbor) can give false results so is not to be relied on. Also...
by bedwards1966
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: Snapped drawbar - anyone ever seen this before?
Replies: 19
Views: 2122

Snapped drawbar - anyone ever seen this before?

Has anyone ever seen this happen before? Clean break, the drawbar was on its shortest setting. Nobody was hurt, and nothing else suffered serious damage. I'm curious as to what grade/type the metal is, if anyone knows this? DB drawbar 1 small.jpg DB drawbar 2 small.jpg DB drawbar 3 small.jpg DB draw...
by bedwards1966
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: Where Does David Brown Rank?
Replies: 18
Views: 2044

Re: Where Does David Brown Rank?

I find it surprising that DB's aren't more popular over here, I suspect that it's probably down to dealerships more than anything. My 995 is way ahead of Massey of that era, and I'd put them as being at least as reliable with the exception of the hydraulics. Not that there's anything wrong with DB h...
by bedwards1966
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: "Gifted" Diesel Fuel, Use it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: "Gifted" Diesel Fuel, Use it?

Something to be remembered with using containers for fuel is Never Ever use a container that has had Roundup - Glyphosate in it even if it is dry and clean the residue will wipe out the entire injection system pump and injectors. Has happened in the past and should not be forgotten by anyone, thoug...
by bedwards1966
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: Front tyres for loader
Replies: 50
Views: 4835

Re: Front tyres for loader

Ah, you misunderstand slightly. What I mean regarding moving bales is not needing weight to help pull the trailer but for lifting the bales. Thankfully I don't use trailers with a turntable, horrible things! If I go to collect bales I may want weight on the back of the tractor for stability and tra...
by bedwards1966
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: Front tyres for loader
Replies: 50
Views: 4835

Re: Front tyres for loader

You make a good point about moving bales with a trailer and needing weight on the back end. In that instance it's time to use either a trailer that puts weight on the back of the tractor, i.e. that fits onto the tractors pickup hook rather than a trailer that has a turntable and fits onto the clevi...
by bedwards1966
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: David Brown 880 Cylinder head help
Replies: 9
Views: 1031

Re: David Brown 880 Cylinder head help

Wellseal is certainly available today. Composite gaskets wouldn't normally have any kind of sealant applied, there's usually some incorporated into the gasket itself. I think you'll find that instructions to apply sealant are only for use on copper gaskets which are hardly ever used these days. Note...
by bedwards1966
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: Front tyres for loader
Replies: 50
Views: 4835

Re: Front tyres for loader

There can be many variables which dictate what's best. For example, using something that puts weight onto one side of a machine like a hedgecutter or mounted mower can be a good time to put wheel weights or water ballast in the opposite tyre to aid stability. Wheel weights aren't something I come ac...
by bedwards1966
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: "Gifted" Diesel Fuel, Use it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: "Gifted" Diesel Fuel, Use it?

Leave the barrel sat on an angle so that the lowest point is away from the pump and give it a week to settle - that way any dirt, water and rust shouldn't get sucked up when you pump it out. Discard the remaining gallon as it's not worth chancing it, in my opinion. Pump it out into a clean plastic c...
by bedwards1966
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: David Brown 885 gauge overheating
Replies: 8
Views: 1049

Re: David Brown 885 gauge overheating

Almost certain to be an electrical problem.

The wire does not need to be thick as there's next to nothing going through it.
by bedwards1966
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: 1594 Hydra starting problems - smoke but no fire.
Replies: 148
Views: 11061

Re: 1594 Hydra starting problems - smoke but no fire.

Just to make things easier to understand with regards to compression testers... Many engines have a glow plug for each cylinder, which means that the easiest way to do a compression test is to remove the plugs and simply screw in a compression tester, as you do on a petrol engine. Diesel compression...
by bedwards1966
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: DBTC Forum
Topic: 1594 Hydra starting problems - smoke but no fire.
Replies: 148
Views: 11061

Re: 1594 Hydra starting problems - smoke but no fire.

A compression test is a good diagnostic. However, in itself it doesn't tell you anything more than the situation regarding compression. It cannot be inferred by only bad pressure, that rings are the issue, as an example. Valves could be the culprits as well... If rings are in bad shape, such bad sh...