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Removeing blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mkwl, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,701

    Is there a trick to getting the blades off a 48" Bob-Cat WB? I just couldn't get them off with a regular wrench. I am consitering getting an electric impact wrench.
  2. WoodBrothersLC

    WoodBrothersLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 418

    Definetly get an impact it makes blade changes alot simpler. We can get the blades off of our Encore 48" wb in about 30 seconds
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    Go buy one of these from Lesco or make your own like I did.

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  4. Rich's Lawn Care

    Rich's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 376

    Tharrell what are we looking at there?
  5. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    Sorry about the blurry photo. I'll try again later. It 2 pieces of square tube, one smaller than the other so they slide inside each other to accomadate different distances. Then there are 2 sockets welded to the end to hold the top of the spindles so you can crank the bottom. You can have your impact wrenches, they don't work too good with dead batteries or no electric sockets to plug them into. This should be in everybodys tool box if just for backup if nothing else.
  6. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    I have a 48" bobcat also, and use 2 sockets, one on either end. you don't have to make them so tight that you need an impact wrench. with somebody holding the handle bars down, it takes me a few seconds to switch the 3 blades.
  7. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    Well if I really need them off. I will just go and get my torch. That will burn the nuts right off. I have done that once to a buddy's machine. Wrench, breaker bar with a cheater bar, impact gun, etc. Nothing wanted to make this blade bolt budge. So I cut it off. I didn't even damage the treads on the bolt.
  8. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    the bolts next time they are off.

    Last a long time,

    makes getting them off easier in the future.

    Protects the threads.

    You can spin the bolts off and on easy.

    With your fingers and...

    Protects the threads when you use an impact wrench,

    helps prevent galling.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    I just head to the nearest gas station and ask the mechanic to loosen it. Takes them all of 3 seconds. Or you could stop by the dealer. Mine were on real tight when I bought it, but now I can always get them on and off with wrenchs.
  10. Hustlin

    Hustlin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Burn my nuts off, I'll pass!

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