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How I did it

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rbig, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. rbig

    rbig LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Went out to change the blades on our 60" Lesco ZTR.

    First problem was that the spindle nuts were 1 1/8". Had to go to the store and get a socket that size.

    Next, I put my trusty electric impact wrench to hammering away. To my amazement, those nuts wouldn't bust loose. No problem---on to the air impact. Guess what? That wouldn't bust 'em loose either.

    What to do.

    What I did do was get a long breaker bar, and a 4' pipe cheater handle. The big probelm, of course, is how to hold the blades while you romp on the breaker/cheater bar. Nothing I tried in the way of jamming techniques had enough purchase to hold against the breaker/cheater bar.

    I ended up fetching a piece of chain. One end went around a front axle, the other around whichever blade I was on. This gave me the purchase I needed. Once the nuts budged, I was able to run 'em on off with the electric impact.

    Hope this helps someone.
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    You shouldn't be putting them on so tight you can't get them off. For 3 years I always put blades on with an air impact, never had an issue.
  3. rbig

    rbig LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    You're right about them being on too tight. However, that was done before I got into the picture. I really don't do much more than just snug up spindle nuts--because they tighten some with rotation.

    These things were like they were welded on, for some reason.
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Gotcha, fixing someone else's mistake, eh?
  5. rbig

    rbig LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Hey---all in fun, huh?
  6. jim dailey

    jim dailey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    Leverage, leverage leverage. I have been putting blades on for over 17 years, with only arm muscle. Never had a single problem, especially removing them...
  7. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863


    rbig, I had the same problem with my toro 48", the first time I changed the blades was at the end of its first season:laugh: yeah I know, what the hell was I thinking -guess I liked the dull blade look.

    anyway, after doing much the same thing, I now sharpen every week, and use Fluid Film! No more problems.

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