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Can't get nut off top of mandrel shaft

Stripped star off mandrel. got blade off. got new mandrel kit. can't get old one off

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Try tapping with a hammer and using small pipe wrench or vise grips, last resort heat up with torch then use pipe wrench or vise grips.

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Are you saying the pulley on top of the blade spindle is stripping out? If it has done it once and you did not replace the pulley and shaft, it will happen again. The shaft and the pulley are splined and if they gets loose, it will strip the splines from both. In other words, you have to replace the pulley and the shaft for it to work...and tighten them securely. If that doesn't answer your question, let me know. Dwain

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