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  • #16
    Why's that? Every other lawn care operation around here uses air powered impact wrenches to put the blades on. Local repair shops, too.

    I'm not saying you're wrong, just to explain your position.

    you have no means of knowing if you are over tightening the bolt or if it is not tight enough as well as most spindle houseings are aluminium.
    take a piece of cast aluminium and hit it with a hammer hard and see what happens or even a peice of cast iron, it will break.
    to some extent that is how a impact gun operates and the excessive tightness and hundreds of impacts per second will give you the same result.

    even car and truck tires are supposed to be torqued by hand to a specific ft lb of tightness, so why would you do that to a little rinky dink spindle?

    if everyone were jumping off of a cliff would that mean you will follow.

    just because everyone does something does not mean it is right, i think the reason why you see so many people doing it is because they are lazy, afterall we live in the society of lazyness and everyone wants the quickest easiest way to do things.

    depending on the size of your mower what will you have, 1 to 4 bolts to remove by hand? if you put ant sieze on the bolts prior to replaceing them which you are supposed to do anyway, you will never have to fight a bolt again.
    you can't expect power equipment to make up for the improper techniques applied during maintenence regimines

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    • #17
      ... if everyone were jumping off of a cliff would that mean you will follow. ...
      No, but let's go ahead with this. Why don't you tell me how many mowers you've serviced for people over the past 35 years.

      What I'm saying is I don't just follow the crowd but if everyone, everywhere is using something there is probably a reason and the fact that they are highly successful with a backlog of customers year around, tell me why I should ignore it. Tell me why they're wrong. Then tell me if you're advice is based on experience or speculation.
      Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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      • #18
        I don't know. That came out wrong. Re-reading it sounds, umm, hostile? Maybe? Apologies.

        Just looking for real world information. This tool can literally save the day in the field by changing blades in 30 seconds instead of having to take the mower back to home base.
        Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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        • #19
          Needed or not, I picked up a torque wrench at Harbor Freight today for $9 w/coupon.

          "Quality", Chinese tools for minimal US dollahs.

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          • #20
            Needed or not, I picked up a torque wrench at Harbor Freight today for $9 w/coupon.

            "Quality", Chinese tools for minimal US dollahs.
            You could buy 22 of them for the price I paid and just keep throwing them out as they break.
            Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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            • #21
              I ordered Beef fried rice, sesame chicken and got a tool from harbor freight tonight for dinner.

              Total was 13.50 plus tip.

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              • #22
                No, but let's go ahead with this. Why don't you tell me how many mowers you've serviced for people over the past 35 years.

                What I'm saying is I don't just follow the crowd but if everyone, everywhere is using something there is probably a reason and the fact that they are highly successful with a backlog of customers year around, tell me why I should ignore it. Tell me why they're wrong. Then tell me if you're advice is based on experience or speculation.

                i think being in business for 22 plus years and being in the industry for 28 years makes me a little qualified.
                i think doing over a half mil a year in business and having close to $200,000 grand in equipment qualifies me enough to have a opinion.

                i don't fix other peoples equipment i buy and fix my own equipment and to date i probably spent in my 22 plus years in business over a half mil on mowers, trucks, trailers, etc ,etc.

                i tend to lean on the side of caution because it might take me a whopping 5 extra minutes to take a set of blades off then you but that is still less time then to replace a aluminium spindle on one of my several exmark lazers or a gear drive unit on one of my 4 walker mowers.


                so i think all of the above more then qualifies me and puts my opinion far above " speculation " as you put it.

                as i said if anyone who works for me wants to take the blades off with a impact gun, feel free, but if you try to put them back on with the impact you will never touch my equipment again and you will need to find another job.

                someone inquired about opinions and i gave mine and no one ever got into trouble taking the side of caution and everyone is free to do as they wish but when it comes to my equipment it is my way or the highway.

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                • #23
                  Needed or not, I picked up a torque wrench at Harbor Freight today for $9 w/coupon.

                  "Quality", Chinese tools for minimal US dollahs.
                  I always worry about how accurate the harborfreight tools torque wrench is.
                  I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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                  • #24
                    as i said if anyone who works for me wants to take the blades off with a impact gun, feel free, but if you try to put them back on with the impact you will never touch my equipment again and you will need to find another job.
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                    I am glade you hold your mechanics to a standard. Personally I use a ratchet as it is faster, I am normally using the air for the oil evac system, and most of the time I have to get out a ratchet to get the bolts out around here anyway as my customers like to hit things with their mowers. But I do not see many problem with spindles from impacts.
                    I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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                    • #25
                      ... But I do not see many problem with spindles from impacts.
                      That was going to be my next question. Have you actually seen any problems caused by impact wrenches? Driving over a brick or a softball would most likely do more damage and even that would probably have no effect on the spindle.
                      Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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                      • #26
                        i think being in business for 22 plus years and being in the industry for 28 years makes me a little qualified.
                        i think doing over a half mil a year in business and having close to $200,000 grand in equipment qualifies me enough to have a opinion. ...
                        Yes, you're completely correct. I just needed to know if it was an opinion based on speculation or if you had some issues with an impact wrench breaking parts off of your mowers. I do thank you for your opinion and I will take it into consideration.
                        Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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                        • #27
                          most auto shops are now making their techs check the torque of wheels by hand because air guns very greatly because of PSI flexing and how many "hits" after making contact. So damage from over torquing or falling off from under not worth the min. saved

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                          • #28
                            THIS JUST IN: CHINESE TEA PRICES ARE UP!
                            Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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