OK I'm stupid..blade removal??

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by OregonZ, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. OregonZ

    OregonZ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I'm embarrassed to ask such newbie question, but why in the world is it so tough for me to remove blades from my 72" SuperZ? It is an '07 if that matters..

    I have gotten it accomplished two months ago (after I figured out that the center blade rotates counterclockwise, haha) but now that I managed to bend my left blade, I got a new set..only to find both my center and left IMPOSSIBLE to remove. I didn't torque them too tight, I thought.

    I've managed to break one 1/2" breaker bar. And I'm constantly fearing "rounding" the bolt heads now too.

    Any tips? 3/4" breaker bar? A heavier impact gun? Heat? *trucewhiteflag*


    (and sorry for assuredly a repeat question, I can't seem to find this topic via the search function for Hustlers specifically)
  2. hustlermidwest

    hustlermidwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    If you hit things like dirt clumps, stumps whatever it has a way of really tightening the blade bolt on that older model.
    NO on the heat! you have seals in the spindle that would get messed. I use a 1/2 inch breaker with a cheater on the end. (pipe or something to get some torque)

    Brian O
  3. soooie

    soooie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    A 1/2" impact wrench & 150 psi air works well for me.
  4. Bob MacGregor

    Bob MacGregor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    Are you sure that the center blade turn CCW? You may be tightening a R/H bolt the wrong direction. Only deck that I know of that has a CCW blade is the 60" rear discharge deck with the right side blade that turns left hand and with a left hand bolt.:hammerhead:
  5. soooie

    soooie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I forgot to add the fact that the biggest mistake people make in when they mess up a blade bolt is that they used the wrong size or a worn socket or wrench.
  6. osueric27

    osueric27 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    +1 on the impact wrench. Works like a charm.
  7. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,275

    Have a look into Metrinch sockets.. http://www.metrinch.tv You may be able to just buy the socket, get the impact version for if you get an impact at some stage.

    They grab more of the bolt head than normal sockets so can be used on worn heads like spindle bolts can get.
    I agree using a breaker and a cheater about 3' long and take it slow. Be sure your loosening, not tightening. You may need to choke the blade to stop it from turning.
    I have a very good 1/2 impact and there are times where Ive needed the cheater etc. It happens!

    Put some anti seize on the bolt.
  8. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    Try a little Never Sez on the bolts also.
  9. OregonZ

    OregonZ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I didn't realize that I'd sort of left this all unanswered, but luckily for this site, I saw again that it is the Right hand blade that is reversed (would have helped to just look at the blade patterns, haha)..the dealership here that carries Hustler products now led me astray to say the least:rolleyes: in talking about the center blade being reversed!

    So I now own a 3/4 inch breaker bar and all is good :)

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