Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowman, Sep 14, 2000.

  1. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Spent 2 hours in the ER room after wrench let loose on a stubborn nut. Only 4 stiches, thank god. Do any of you use an air impact? My neighbor loaned me one tonight and just one bump on the trigger and the nut finally let lose. I only tighten them with my ratchet but they just seem to get tighter than I put them on. Thanks for your input. Mowman
  2. UrbanEarth

    UrbanEarth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    An impact is on my Christmas list! Definitely the way to go.

    On really stubborn nuts, I always try and use a socket and breaker bar. I find they tend not to slip as much, but ya still have to be careful!

  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,492

    Are you talking about your blade spindles? I use a MAC torque bar. Safest bet.
  4. davesgs75

    davesgs75 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    Wrenched sliped on me to, 13 sticthes. bought and air compressor and impact wrench. no more stitches, and like you said just a bump and the blades fall off. how did i ever survive with out it.
  5. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    If your impact won't do it, remember the words of the scientist:

    "Give me a place to stand and I could lift the world."


    Put a 4' peice of 1" pipe over a breaker bar and you easily either loosen the bolt or shear it off. A 150lb guy could apply 600ft/lbs. of torque.
  6. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

    Just think I spent $150 on a sears compressor and $100 for gun and accesories, what was your medical bill!!! Its the safest and easest way as they siad above.
  7. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I hate to admit but it took me cutting my thumb on a blade to break down and buy an air compressor. It makes removing blades,a snap. Live and learn, I guess.
  8. jason2

    jason2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    If you don't want to spend the cash for a compressor, try an electric impact. I have both air and electric impact's. For breaking loose the spindle nuts I always use the electric, for the simple fact that it's faster, don't have to drag out the air hose.
  9. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,006

    Air is the only way to go weather it be blade bolts, filling tires, cleaning out air filters, or those stuburn bolts.
  10. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,733

    Impact gun. Why fight them nuts. Great for rotateing tires on the truck also.

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