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    Does anyone have a simple way of doing this? I do remember someone with a jack of some sorts.. but i cant find it. Im using some car ramps to get underneath, but i just dont have enough clearance under there to make this an easy job. takes me about 30 min. to get this job done.

  • #2
    Here's my mower jack thread

    http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=9752

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    • #3
      Seann,

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      • #4
        Well this last set of blades was put on by the dealer (when he put on the striper kit) He must have gone with the mfg recommendation of 75 ft/lb . I cant get these OFF for the life of me. Akward angles, wrenches that are too short(no leverage}. I guess its off to Sears to buy a big a__ long wrench.

        Striper kit looks cool though, ill send some before and after pics after I use it.

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        • #5
          Do you have an impact wrench to try and get it off?
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          • #6
            no on the impact wrench. Even if i had one, i dont think ive got the machine up in air high enough to work with one. A buddy is going to come over this week and help me out. Maybe next year ill splurge on Justin's jack. For now ill just bust some knuckles..

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            • #7
              no on the impact wrench. Even if i had one, i dont think ive got the machine up in air high enough to work with one. A buddy is going to come over this week and help me out. Maybe next year ill splurge on Justin's jack. For now ill just bust some knuckles..
              Here's the link if you want to order one

              http://www.junglejimsap.com/jack.html

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              • #8
                Well it took about 25 minutes including figuring out where to place the wrenches and which way to turn them.. it should be a big deal after ive done it a couple times. would not really want to change them on the job site.

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                • #9
                  I've found that I can utilize my trailer ramp as my "jack". I can ride up the ramp as if I were loading the mower, but this time, hang one front wheel off the side of the ramp so that I've got visibility and able to move around under the deck. I'm sure one of the jacks that are specifically designed for the these mowers would be easier/ safer, but so far, the ramp has worked well for me.

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                  • #10
                    I mentioned that i use my gate as a lift to change the blades, and steve requested some pics of how i do it.

                    Here you go, makes it pretty simple, no jack, or ramps in the way, all open.
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                    • #11
                      That looks like it would work out great! With something like that you wouldn't need a jack!
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                      • #12
                        Changing blades &amp; Bent deck

                        The trailer idea is AWSOME, I feel like a fool for not thinking of that. My problem is my blade bolts get so tight even an impact wont brake them loose without full air pressure in the compressor, I have thought about "anti-sieze", but life sure would suck if they came loose!

                        Haven't had any luck finding a used deck for my Exmark, Just did a lot of twikking on the deck (blocks of wood and a really big pry bar) and adjusting the adjusters. Its not to bad should get me thru season. If any body runs across a used 60" Trivantage deck, Please give a holler.
                        JAY WOLFE LAWN AND HOME SERVICES
                        ST. CLOUD, FL
                        407-334-0445
                        60" EXMARK & 32" LESCO WB

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                        • #13
                          The trailer idea is AWSOME, I feel like a fool for not thinking of that. My problem is my blade bolts get so tight even an impact wont brake them loose without full air pressure in the compressor, I have thought about "anti-sieze", but life sure would suck if they came loose!

                          Haven't had any luck finding a used deck for my Exmark, Just did a lot of twikking on the deck (blocks of wood and a really big pry bar) and adjusting the adjusters. Its not to bad should get me thru season. If any body runs across a used 60" Trivantage deck, Please give a holler.
                          Anti-sieze works. I have been using anti-sieze in the shop for about 15 years and have NEVER EVER had a blade come loose from it. Anti-size is the best things you could ever put on the threads. Better than oil, grease, or anything else.

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                          • #14
                            I mentioned that i use my gate as a lift to change the blades, and steve requested some pics of how i do it.

                            Here you go, makes it pretty simple, no jack, or ramps in the way, all open.
                            My trailer ramp is 5' long so I tried that, and it still doesn't give me much space to get under the mower and remove my blades

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                            • #15
                              Anti-sieze works. I have been using anti-sieze in the shop for about 15 years and have NEVER EVER had a blade come loose from it. Anti-size is the best things you could ever put on the threads. Better than oil, grease, or anything else.
                              Tell me more about the anti-seize product. I've heard of it, but don't know that I know enough to understand the benefits of it. Also I've heard there are multiple grades of the product, any recommnedation as to which one would work best for our mowing applications? Thank you in advance!

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