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Stuck Bolt on blade Shaft

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lildog132, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. lildog132

    lildog132 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    the bolts on the blade shaft are stuck. Im using a 15/16 watchet and a wrench, im using the push-bull method. This is not working. Is their any other methods to use? should i buy some power tool that can do this or something? please give me some advice on this. Thanks, chris
  2. fatboy5803

    fatboy5803 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 330

    Get a cheater bar for more leverage, if that doesn't work then power tools may be needed..

    Lou :cool:
  3. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I'm with Fatboy, find you a big piece of hollow pipe, big enough for your ratchet to slide into, and you have the tool you need. You will have to hold the bolt with something, preffereably a blade buddy or something that keeps the blade from spinning when you torque you wrench. It always works.
  4. lbmd1

    lbmd1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 462

    Just take a small propane torch and heat the bolt for a minute and it'll pop right off. We never struggle or scrape knuckles anymore.

  5. steve225

    steve225 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    Block of wood wedged to hold blade and a 3-4' piece of pipe for ratchet. you'll get it off!!

    Steve Snider
  6. lawndreamer

    lawndreamer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    Heating the bolt directly could cause the bolt to snap. Had it happen before. Heat the stationary object rather than the bolt itself.
  7. kels

    kels LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    Milwaukee cordelss impact wrench

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  8. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    As a tool and die maker for twenty four years I just want to say be careful of how much you heat those bolts as you will temper them if you get them too hot thus weakening them.(only a tool and die maker till next year,by the way)
  9. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    I dont think that cordless would budge a nut needing a cheater bar.
  10. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    I have the 18V Cordless. It's great to be able to change blades on the fly.

    We rolled with the Milwaukee today, I actually stopped to put OLD DULL BLADES on for a really nasty industrial lot we take care of, then put the new blades back on for business as usual.

    I have had a few stubborn bolts that the Milwaukee couldn't budge. A breaker bar with a block of wood holding the bolts gets them.

    When you re-install make sure there is anti-seize compound on the threads.


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