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New tool for changing blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tony Harrell, Oct 26, 2002.

  1. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    Lesco has a new tool for changing blades that's simply awesome. It's a sliding bar with a socket on each end that you set down on top of 2 spindles. The sockets are stationary so they hold everything from turning while you loosen the blade bolts from underneath. It's about $60.
  2. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Its one of those things that are so simple and easy to make that you sit and wonder "Why hasn't anyone thought of that?"

    Sounds like a good purchase for a solo operator. Maybe even make one yourself.

    Does anyone have a picture?
  3. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    I thought about building my own but, the welding charge and parts charge would be the same if not more for a less than professional tool. I'll drop by Lesco and see if I can get a brochure or get Jay to post a picture of it, if he can. I suppose if someone can weld and has 2 sockets of the same size it could be made cheaper though.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I recently added a cordless 14.4v, 1/2" impact gun. No more worrying if a wratchet might slip and I need 20 stiches or so.

    I love it...made by Makita.
  5. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    yep with the ole impact wrench, no need for a tool to hold the blades. zap off, sharpen, zap on.. simple as that. Mines a old black and decker 120vac i picked up used at a pawn shop for $30. Works great.
  6. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    I don't get what you guys are saying.

    I can picture this tool that looks like a "U" and locks up the spindles so that you can take the gun to the blades.

    On my 48's, I used to have to hold a wrench on the bolt head (Blade side of deck) and use the gun to crank off the nut on top of the spindle (top of deck)

    Why does using an impact gun make a difference?
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    With an impact, there is no reason to hold the other blades, because it doesn't turn the whole assembly like ratchets and breaker bars. The impact raps it off without the blades even beginning to turn. Much like a tire. With a breaker bar, the whole tire is going to want to turn. When you put an impact on it, there is no OUTside turning force, just the centered force to loosen and tighten the nut or bolt.
  8. What Runner posted plus..............

    An impact wrench uses a series of thousands of small but powerfull impacts to break loose or turn a nut or bolt.

    A nickname for this gun is the "Hammer Gun".

    This is some what like the hammer feture on a cordless drill but "they" are nothing like an impact wrench.

    These suckers can break wheel studs right off no problem.

    They can apply 400 ft lbs of tourque to most anything.

    The "tool" you are referring to will be mainly used for people using a socket wrench to remove blades.

    Anyone still using this method should at least consider the 12v or 120v electric one and get out of the dark ages.

    I use the "Air" operated impack gun. I recently just bought a nice Snap-On. $400 600ft-lbs of torque. I wonder what I can break off with this.
  9. kppurn

    kppurn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    On my lazer I use a 15/16 wrench and a c-clamp tightened to the deck or baffle to stop the blades from turning.
    So, you guys are saying an impact gun/wrench will just zip them right off?
    I must get with the program and purchase one of these for next season. Never knew how old school I am.:eek:
    What should I expect to pay for a decent one?
  10. deason

    deason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 236

    Originaly posted by Rodfather
    How much did it set you back? Thinking about getting one for a while now.

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