trying to replace bushings

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tiedeman, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have been trying to get the front caster wheel bushings out on my walkbehind and they won't move. Anybody have any quick and easy ways to get these out for I can replace them?
     
  2. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    What machine are you working on?:confused: I think some manufacturers make them permanent so you have to buy a whole new assembly.The sleeve and bearings are replaceable on my Snappers. Try using a wooden dowel & small hammer to push the sleeve loose, if it's really tight, you may need to heat it.Just be careful not to light any grease on /in the caster on fire.
     
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    take out the grease fitting, then get a big socket thats just bigger than the bushing. then get a hammer and beat them both out of one side.
     
  4. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
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    take a hacksaw and run it through the middle and give it 2 good cuts!
     
  5. Black Water

    Black Water LawnSite Senior Member
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    Norm's got it. You weaken the structural integrity by cutting it. Then it will slip right out.
     
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you talking about on the wheels or the front caster forks?
     
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    front caster forks.
     
  8. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just replaced them on two of my scags. Each caster has two bushings (top & bottom). I just used a 3/4" metal rod stock about a foot long and stuck it thru the inside of top bushing and used mallet to pound the bottom bushing out, then visa versa for the top bushing. Couple good smacks and they popewd rite out
     
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I used the socket like posted earlier. Knocked them out pretty easily.
     
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    maybe I just have to use a little more arm muscle. Thanks guys.
     

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