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How do you change the blade on a craftsman lawn tractor model 917.28726? I have the tractor on ramps, but can't seem to get the bolt off!

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Disconnect the spark plug wire from the engine to prevent accidental starting. Use a wrench or socket to remove the bolt, turn in a counter clock wise rotation for removal. You'll need to hold the blade still while attempting to remove the bolt. Use a breaker bar for more leverage if needed,sometimes these bolts are difficult.

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