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I'm trying to remove engine from tractor,but don't know how to remove pulley from the shaft.

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If it's like my older Bolens (made by Toro btw), it was a pain, because there is a big bolt at the bottom where the pully connects to the shaft. Finally broke it free, and the biggest problem was locking the shaft while I exherted pressure on the wrench... :p

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