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Loosening bolts, clockwise or counterclockwise?

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by CoastalEmpire, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. CoastalEmpire

    CoastalEmpire LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    When I'm ltaking off the blades on my Super mini Z, which way to the loosen? clockwise or counterclockwise?
  2. CoastalEmpire

    CoastalEmpire LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    First time taking them off, suckers are on TIGHT. No impact wrench, 15/16th open end wrench w/ cheater bar. I'm afraid if I give w/ all my might I'll break something, maybe my self. I want to make sure if there it' s something other than lefty loosey, righty tighty. Regarding the pic, I'm going under. If I don't make it out alive...tell my family I love em.

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  3. fastrackguy

    fastrackguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I removed blades from my fastrac today and they use a common thread bolt.( not reverse thread) if your manual dosen't say clockwise to remove I would suspect that they are a common thread. Also remember to tighten them to spec. My fastrac's are torqued to 110 ft pounds. ( They are a bugger to break loose!) If you don't have a torque wrench and are thinking of buying one.
    ( cheap ones work fine) I strongly recommend the 1/2 in drive wratchet type. It has a longer handle and you can tighten them and listen for the click noise instead of having to have your head underneath the mower using a dial type. Also the book said the bolt was 15/16 but mine were 1 inch. So you might need to buy a socket or wrench if you don't have one that size laying around.

  4. CoastalEmpire

    CoastalEmpire LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Thanks fastrack guy
  5. Dagoose

    Dagoose LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 25

    Use a 1/2" breaker bar. I added a pipe to the breaker bar to get better leverage. That middle bolt gave me quite a work-out.

    Use a torque wrench to tighten them back to specs per your manual.
  6. greggo

    greggo LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Messages: 12

    Try putting some (antiseize compound) on the bolt threads.It will make getting them off the next time a breeze.

    Loctite is one company that makes it.The stuff is silvery and kind of looks like pipe dope. Any auto parts store should carry it.

    I have used this stuff for years on spark plug threads for some hard to reach plugs on my truck and they always come off easy.

    Another tip that I use is,before I put the antiseize compound on any threads,is to touch up the threads a bit and clean it with a wire wheel.It will get any crud thats on the bolt off. It only takes a second and you can almost screw the bolt all the way in before torqing it up to spec.


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