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Old 01-23-2003, 04:06 PM
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Spindle Problem...

O.K. I feel pretty dumb here. I never replaced my Spindles now during the off-season I am but I can not take them off. I took off all the bolts, I then tried to use a gear puller to take the top part off(where the key-way is) No luck!! Do I take the whole pulley assembly off or just the top part of the spindle? Any help would be great. Thanx....Keith
(I have an older 61 inch Scag .)
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Old 01-23-2003, 09:18 PM
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KEITH; Take the 2 bolts out of each spindle, put the in the 2 empty holes of each spindle, and tighten them down evenly...the pulleys seperate fom the spindle. Use a Never-Seize when you re-assemble in the opposite manner. Good luck and post the results...JIM.
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Old 01-23-2003, 10:12 PM
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I would upgrade those bolts to grade 8 or higher they will break most of the time if there old.
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Old 01-24-2003, 10:12 PM
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Jim is right except he left out a very important step. Before you start trying to separate the pulley from the collar, use PB40. This will save you amazing grief.

BTW, if you have a pneumatic hammer, you can use it to push the pulley off. Also, a fine grade of sandpaper on the collar and inside of the pulley will remove any rust and help it go back together smoothly.
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Old 01-28-2003, 09:31 AM
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Thank you all for your help. I did remove the spindles but it was not easy. I had to put even upward pressure under the pulley's then banged down the center of spindle, They finally popped out. Thanks Again......Keith
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Old 01-28-2003, 09:40 AM
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When I replaced one of the spindles on one of our older (much older) wbs, the pulley just broke apart into pieces. A new pulley isn't that expensive, so it wasn't that big of a deal. This is also why you should have backup machines, as it took a day to get the replacement parts.

When you put the spindles back on the machine, make sure all the spindles/pulleys are the same height. Sometimes as you tighten things up, the pulleys can move just a little, watch for this and try to avoid it.
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