Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model

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  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    Same problem, can't get rear wheel off even with puller. Just leaving on until I can find out more about it. I don't see how the rim can be integrated to the transmission but who knows.


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It depends on which style mower most ayp (poulan craftsman husquvarna....) are put on with a e clip they may become froze to it but can be removed. now most mtd (yard man yard machines bolens troy bilt...) have a revers thread bolt with a tapered shaft trust me i worked on theses for 10 years. why would you want to take it off anyway? everything can be done with it still on

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