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Changing FasTrak blades

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by Old Pa, Jul 2, 2002.

  1. Old Pa

    Old Pa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Got a couple of sets of Gator mulch blades, have the FasTrak 44/18 up on ramps and chocked, 1/2" breaker handle and 2 foot pipe handle with a 15/16" socket, veins standing out on neck and sweat pouring down. Manual says "use a 15/16" wrench to remove 5/8" cap screw holding the blade on the spindle shaft from underneath". Who wrote this? A 5/8th capscrew at 118 footpounds in close quarters does not simply remove with an ordinary 15/16ths wrench. I've only got two questions:

    1. This cap screw isn't reverse threaded, is it? Doesn't look that way from the orientation of the cutting edges.

    2. How do the folks who do this all the time hold the blade and break loose the capscrew? Airwrench? The torque is obviously necessary, but there must be some technique I'm presently unaware of. :dizzy:

  2. Old Pa

    Old Pa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    No, the blade capscrew was not reverse thread, and THE way to remove and replace is with a heavy duty air impact wrench. My new one is on the way, but the one I borrowed, a high-end Mac, banged that screw loose easily and without blade movement. Gator blades are "ready for feeding". Sure am glad I got that compressor sixteen years ago . . .

  3. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    I bought a nice 1/2" breaker bar, which is almost 2 feet long. As far as the blade, I use a piece of 2x4 maple and just wedge it between the blade and the deck. I wouldn't think most homeowners have an airwrench.

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