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Do I have to use a torque wrench?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by TheTurfTender, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. TheTurfTender

    TheTurfTender LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 130

    When I am changing out the blades on my mower, do I HAVE to use a torque wrench. I would't have a problem doing that later in the summer when I finally have made some $, but can I just tighten these things.

    I am not one for short cuts......Well not important ones anyways so I need some wisdom!


    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    ive never used a torque wrench for blades i just ru them down tight with the impact gun
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,270

    Get a battery powered impact gun and be done with it. Easy off and easy on and always tight.


    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    I have a 18 volt battery gun itz easy 5 mins tops.
  5. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    on my newer exmark with the star washer assembly that goes into the spindle, the have to be torqued. i used an impact and had to replace 3 spindles cause the last 1/2 of the bolt threads stripped off in there. this was after 1 year of use. they advised they were overtorqued, so now i torque them, it only takes a minute longer, and i got a torque wrench from wal-mart for like 25$. i was skeptical at first, but we tested it at a friends auto shop and it was on the money.

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