In Reply to: Re: WTB Dearborn Lift E part posted by Carson (NCAL) on July 11, 2018 at 18:58:51:
Yes, the discs should turn easily by hand without dragging. There are Zerk fittings on the bearing caps in order to grease them. Some of the early Ferguson-Sherman and Dearborn Disc Harrows used wood bearings. The Lift Type E doesn't have wood bearings. The problem I've encountered with a lot of these old implements that have grease fittings is that, if not used in many years and left setting in barns and fields, the grease turns to hardened wax. If the grease gun will not pump easy into a Zerk, stop. Use a butane or propane torch to apply heat around it to help melt the old waxy grease. Just a trick I learned enroute to restoring these old implements. Also, be careful with old Zerks -I've broken some off too. In my photos above, you can see another mistake I made but so many others have done as well. That is, to add weight to the top of the discs to get more penetration. The cinder blocks I added were most likely the root cause of my breaking that bearing cap.