Help removing Tank Deck Blades!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bcsman, Dec 23, 2006.

  1. bcsman

    bcsman LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 30

    Trying to remove the blades from my M60 Tank and having trouble. The bolts or nuts won't budge! My question for anyone having an M60 Tank--are the 1 1/8" nuts left or right hand threads??? I have removed the deck for easier access. Thanks for any assistance!!
  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I used to have a tank. They were normal threads (turn left to loosen). Sometimes I had to run the impact wrench on bottom and then on top of the spindle to get them to budge.
  3. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    wow, thats alot of work to change the blades, hoist it up and use jack stands.... and an impact wrench is the only way to get them off easy, every time, an electric will do if you dont have a compressor.....:)
  4. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Get a good impact wrench & it should take them right off.
  5. bcsman

    bcsman LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 30

    Have used my air impact wrench and borrowed my buddies electric industrial impact and they won't budge!! The electric really packs a punch also. Also tried a 3/4" breaker bar. Have soaked them with WD40 and still no luck. That's why I asked if anyone knew if they were left handed 'cuz so far they aren't moving right handed!
  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    They are normal threads. Turn to the left and they should come off. Why did you take the deck off??? We have three of them and just use a chain hoist.
  7. willietd2

    willietd2 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 210

    i have a m-60 and had the same get them off you need a wrench on top letting it brace against anything solid.then take a socket and a breaker bar with a cheater pipe on it. lefty loosy,righty tity.when i put mine back on,i run em on with an impact wrench just until the wrench starts me they wont slip.i change mine twice a week with no problems.the center one gives me trouble every once in a while.let me know how it turns out
  8. rider

    rider LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 152

    you may have to heat them with a torch if they are really tight
  9. bcsman

    bcsman LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 30

    dcondon--Figured I could get at them easier with the deck removed!

    rider--I have a propane torch, do I have to get them redhot to work or just warmed up??

    Thanks for the ideas will try some more tomorrow!!
  10. rider

    rider LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 152

    Try hot then red hot, if you have to get them red hot I would replace them

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