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Old 07-25-2014   #11
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Default Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

A little trick and old timer i used to work with showed me. Pry evenly on both sides at the same time, and while prying up on it, give it a good stout tap with a hammer. Something about the impact will temporarily realease the bind on the shaft. Just be careful and don't hold your head over it. I've had them fly off before using that method.
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Old 07-26-2014   #12
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Default Update - Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

Still not off.

Tried heating it again and using wax (saw a guy do this on YouTube).
No luck...and now I have dried wax in there.

About to just cut it off and buy a new one.

Grass is getting tall.
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Old 07-26-2014   #13
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Default Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

Had same problem with a 60 inch deck. I had to use my shop press. Yes messed up pulley looked like a pancake sounded like a 12 gauge when popped off but got tired of fooling with it and used my press bought new pulley no regrets good luck. Handy
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Old 07-27-2014   #14
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Default Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

I have used heat/water with some success, heating and cooling a few times. H bar pullers are cheap.

Boiling water will heat pulley rapidly. Used it a few times.

I can remember when i had to this sort of thing with limited tools,
Forcing me to buy what i need to get jobs done.
About 30 grand later i still dont have what i need.

Might be an idea to take it to a buddy with a wider range of tools. Maybe a box if beeer or a sammich will get it done.
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Old 07-27-2014   #15
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Default Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

Use a torch and just cut the pulley off!
You'll be lucky if you're having so much of a problem with getting the pulley off that the spindle shafts will even come out of the bearings.
You may be stuck with just buying new spindles!
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Old 07-27-2014   #16
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Default Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

Oxy/acetelyne torch to cut it off.
Grinder-best to do it at the keyway groove, less chance of hitting shaft.

Price pulley/jackshaft, whichever is more expensive is the part you wanna save.

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Old 07-27-2014   #17
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Default Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

I have had great success removing pulleys from the shaft by installing the nut flush with the top of the threaded shaft. Then used an air impact with a round bit to hammer on the shaft while pulling up on the pulley. You can use a 1/2 drive socket to keep the impact centered over the shaft or drill a small shallow hole in the shaft. If possible use heat on the pulley. Also a combination of ATF/acetone is a super penetrating oil combination.
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Old 07-28-2014   #18
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Default Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

Called Kubota...they said it was $65 an hour and he didnt guarantee not ruining the pulley.

I just changed some fluid in me X and have used ATF that I will put on it with some acetone. I have tried everything else.

I have a buddy that thinks he can make me that pulley Puller that was shown earlier.

Again, thank you all for the input...I will update as things pro-gress (not progress).

Thanks
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Default Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

The ATF/acetone ratio is 1/1 for good results.
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Old 07-28-2014   #20
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Default Re: How to remove pulley from 44" deck?

I think you need to remove the 4 bolts from the underside of the deck holding your bearing housing, you need to remove the spindle from the pulley, give it a good smack on the pulley end, this is an American deck using inch fasteners not metric so it won't be so bad finding nuts or bolts for it. The bearings are 6205. Once you have the bolts out, you can use the deck as rest for the pulley, so it won't get bent up, remember... remove the spindle from the pulley.


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