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How do I remove blade spindle from housing on Mountfield 1436m? I have removed the pulley and the blade boss. I have removed the circlip from the blade side of the spindle. The spindle still seems ver

I have removed the pulley and the blade boss. I have removed the circlip from the blade side of the spindle. The spindle still seems very firmly stuck in the housing. I am assuming I need to hammer the spindle either upward or downwards but have had no luck in either direction so far.

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This will require a heavy three pound hammer and two pieces of hardwood to support the hub. It is really supposed to be pressed in. But support with blocks, use a piece of oak between shaft and hammer to keep from damaging the shaft. I t may require many hard blows. If you have a press, that is the way to go. Spray some PB blaster penetrant on it and let it sit for awhile. You should have to pound down away from the snap ring. Hope this helps, please post a comment that this is solved on So I get credit for a solved problem if it does. If not, check back and give me more info.

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SOURCE: I had to get a new mandrel housing which goes

You have to remove the nut on top of the pulley. With the pulley off, the shaft will slide out the bottom with the blade. Don't forget when you put the pulley back on, the washer/spacer goes BETWEEN the pully and housing, NOT on top of the pulley. Dwain

Posted on Jun 08, 2009

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SOURCE: need to remove pulley from spindle to replace

If you do not the facilities to use an impact wrench, you will need to find to hold the pulley and you a breaker bar with a socket on it to get the pulley nut loose. I would use either"PB Blaster or Deep Creep" penetrating oil and spray it on the nut before you try to take it apart.
Or you may find a professional shop, take the deck to them and may may take the pulley off for a small fee.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Blades will not disengage on lawn tractor

Your cable clutch is not engaging properly. Try to lubricate it with some grease. This will get the cable to slide. If that does not help, it will need to be replace.

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SOURCE: I changed the blade mandrel from my 42 inch cut

Ok Go to partdirect on the Sears website. Enter the 917. xxxxx number that will bring up the drawings and should show you were the spring goes. As for the lock nut its 9/16-18 .You should have gotten a new locknut with the new mandrel.

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SOURCE: Have 54 inch Craftsman mower deck that I am

Depends on how old the deck is. Some of the older spindles and mandrels were not made to came apart. The newer ones you can put the nut on the top threade to protect the threads and a couple of taps it should come out. If you have a model number you can got to sears web site aa they will have an exploded view.

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