How to keep spindle from turning during blade removal.

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by LarryF, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Cheater bar ...4/4
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  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've had bolt heads on blades wear down enough that I almost couldn't remove them...
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  3. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Rosebud....heat the head of the bolt quickly..
    As the bolt heats up ...it will lengthen and get loose enough to wrench off...
     
  4. an impact is my best friend.
     
  5. Mike NY

    Mike NY LawnSite Member
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    Tightening the belt at the pully sometimes will give you enough resistence to keep the pully from turning while you loosen the bolt. Spinning of the pully is usually a worn belt and pully.
    Never sieze bolts once you get them out.
     
  6. blake101

    blake101 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Great advice. I use it all the time.
     
  7. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks everyone for the responses. My previous experiences with impact wrenches haven't been very good. Seemed more like a toy than a tool. But I had only tried battery powered ones that provided only a couple of hundred foot-pounds of torque. Here's an air-impact one for a hundred bucks I found with a 3/4" drive that will put out a thousand foot-pounds so maybe I'll get one of these.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/air-to...rter-inch-heavy-duty-impact-wrench-66984.html

    I already have a 135 PSI compressor and a set of 3/4" sockets, so I'm already more than half way to a solution. All but one of the reviews written about this one were very positive, but if anyone has one and has a complaint, I'd like to hear it.
     

  8. you don't need a 3/4" impact to take blades off, get a 1/2".
     
  9. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get the 1000 pounder. I sell spindle assemblies and could offer quantity discounts.

    Oldtimer
     
  10. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It seems that there is a difference of opinion as to what I should get. I tend to believe that bigger is better. The price for the one I mentioned is close to that of a 1/2" one. Is there any good reason for not getting the 3/4"?
     

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