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 09-10-2000, 10:46 Post: 19662
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 Need C-V joint for front wheel on 1997 Predator 425 backhoe

I recently bought at auction a 4wd 1997 Predator 425 backhoe. It runs and works ok in 2wd, but the front left c-v joint is pretty demolished. There is a rubber boot that is torn up. Inside the boot there appears to be two small greasy u-joints (similar to on a pickup truck drive shaft) in line with connecting parts missing. When driving the backhoe, I can see through the torn boot and watch the disconnected c-v joint rotate along side the adjacent rotating wheel hub. The prior owner was at the aution and told me that the Predator co. is out of business and was taken over by Earth Force, and that parts are identical. We have a local dealer who happens to deal with Earth Force bachoes. The front axle on their comparable machine appears different on the outside - all cast iron with no exposed rubber boot. I don't know if the inner u-joints are alike or not. A couple local dealers,including one who deals with Earth Force, said they can't help. I have no manuals, but my next step would be to see if I can get it apart and take the damaged pieces around to different equipment dealers or repair shops. I'm not looking forward to what might turn out to be a fruitless waste of time. Any advice would be appreciated.






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 02-16-2009, 12:19 Post: 160368
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Were you able to get any answers regarding parts for your predator 425? I am looking to buy one and i am hesitant if i cannot get service or parts for this machine.






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 02-16-2009, 15:48 Post: 160379
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I would not expect any answer seeing as the post was 9 years ago.






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 02-16-2009, 17:40 Post: 160381
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yes - you are right. I assume that your name as earthworks mean you are affiliated? and i assume you do not know of anyone servicing the predator? yes?






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 02-16-2009, 18:10 Post: 160385
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 Need C-V joint for front wheel on 1997 Predator 425 backhoe

No sir, Earthwerks is my company name, and what I do. (I gave it a Germanic flavor--plus, when I went to register the name in my county there were 11 other companies that had similar-sounding names like mine, so I had to be different--legally).

If you Google "Earthforce Predator"--not me Smile --you will see the company is/was in South Carolina and may still be in business. Good luck.






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 02-16-2009, 20:03 Post: 160389
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The company is called "Earthforce America" in Summerville, SC. The web site indicates they're still in bidness, I guess.






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 02-17-2009, 08:18 Post: 160399
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thank you...appears their phone is disconnected...

thanks for your effort






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 02-17-2009, 18:29 Post: 160411
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All may not be lost---Google "Earthforce parts inventory". If they are out of business someone may have bought their inventory or even their tooling--ya never know.

I had an orphan backhoe made in the 1980's. Turned out soem of the pats were shared with other manufacturers, including tracors, 4x4 pickup trucks, and forklifts.

It possible some of your parts are used on other things too.






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 Need C-V joint for front wheel on 1997 Predator 425 backhoe

Most of those types of units were built Frankenstien-style, a big shopping list of existing over-the-counter parts put together made up the unit.

I'll bet if you can find someone experienced in small equipment they will tell you that is a standard part from a big manufacturer.

Try to find any other manufacturer of a smilar size and style machine and see what they use, there likely aren't too many people making parts like that.

Best of luck.






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 Need C-V joint for front wheel on 1997 Predator 425 backhoe

Alan Rushforth,

I did a little digging for you and found some interesting discussions pertaining to your 425 backhoe.

It seems as though you can get all the parts you need from your local Bobcat dealer.

I'm including a link to a discussion I found on another tractor site.

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