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HOW TO REMOVE MTD BLADE ADAPTER AND INSTALL NEW BLADE ADAPTER KIT 753-0609 on shaft for 21 in. MTD model 759 mower?

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Remove the blade bolt and blade, slide the adapter off the crankshaft. If it will not slide off, spray it with a good penetrating oil and let is soak for a bit then take a SMALL hammer and gently tap on the sides of it while pulling at the same time. Slide the new one back on and repklace blade and bolt(s)

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Most of the time the adapter just comes out.

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A few, I have had to return the retaining bolt to the shaft leaving about a half inch between the bolt head and the adapter. I could then use a puller to remove the adapter. (WARNING! If you are not very careful, the puller can easily damage the retaining bolt and the crankshaft ruining the threads.)

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Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly

The part your looking for is called the BLADE ADAPTER. The part number should be: 753-0588

These are available at most any lawnmower repair / parts store. If you walk in woith what is left of your old one they can sell you an exact replacement. I am kind of old school when it comes to blade adapters. I always match old with the new before I buy them. I have been burned too many times from on line sites mainly with blade adapters. Most anything else available on the net is fine.

Here is a whole page of adapters:

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How to remove old and install new blade adapter (753-0609)model 759 on MTD mower--

Remove the blade bolt and blade, slide the adapter off the crankshaft. If it will not slide off, spray it with a good penetrating oil and let is soak for a bit then take a SMALL hammer and gently tap on the sides of it while pulling at the same time

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1) Put a little anti-seize on the engine shaft where the adapter goes.
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2) Align the built-in key with the key slot on the engine shaft.
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3) Put the blade on the alignment hub of the adapter (the star).
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I don't think that you received a faulty part. From what you described above, you had it installed correctly just not tight enough
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