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I have a 17hp Craftsman lawn tractor with a 42" deck (917.273180) I need to replace the Mandrel shaft assembly, (pt # 137645) on the mowing deck because the star at bottom of shaft that holds the blade in place has sheered off. I have removed the Mandrel guard and the blade, but how do I remove the flanged toplock nut (pt #178342) to release shaft from housing ?? I attempted to do it but all that happens is shaft & pulley spin. I tried putting blade bolt in but can't get it tight enough to hold whilst releasing toplock nut Thanks

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  • bootslacey Mar 28, 2011

    Thank you Timydee, much appreciated, after reading through some of ways a few other people had tried, I came up with my own version of another guys success. I lowered the deck so that I could get a socket wrench on nut, put the mower deck in gear so that the belt would hold the pulley in place, then used a hammer to hit the socket wrench handle...(made my own impact gun) !!! Hit the handle of the wrench 3 or 4 times and it loosened the nut right up

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Impact gun is the easiest way, if not the you will need to use a pipe wrench and a ratchet. Hope this helped Tim

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  • bootslacey Mar 28, 2011

    Thanks, although I guess, I should have said, my real problem is trying to hold the shaft still so that I can release the toplock nut. The shaft is runs trhuthe housing and there is nothing at the bottom end of shaft to hold on to now that the star has sheered off (blade won't stay in place to hold on brace it).
    Only thing to possibly get a grip on to stop shaft turning is the pulley immedietly below toplock nut

  • Tim Whalen Mar 28, 2011

    there should be four bolts that you can unbolt and remove the assemblage off of the deck

  • bootslacey Mar 28, 2011

    Ah yes, there are 4 bolts but....to remove the housing from deck, , you have to remove the 4 bolts and...wait for it, the toplock nut and pulley so that housing assembly will drop down through the hole in deck (Pulley is too big to drop down through hole, and bottom of housing assembly is too wide to go up thru hole !!).
    I'm thinking /...SCREWED ;0)

    I'm tring to figure out some way to hold the pulley still without damaging it, so that I can get enough leverage on toplock nut, i was hoping there was another way around it but it doesn't look like it.

  • Tim Whalen Mar 28, 2011

    here is a forum that people have posted one or more of the ideals may help, Good Luck Tim:
    http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load...

  • bootslacey Mar 28, 2011

    Thank you Timydee, much appreciated, after reading through some of ways a few other people had tried, I came up with my own version of another guys success. I lowered the deck so that I could get a socket wrench on nut, put the mower deck in gear so that the belt would hold the pulley in place, then used a hammer to hit the socket wrench handle...(made my own impact gun) !!! Hit the handle of the wrench 3 or 4 times and it loosened the nut right up

  • Tim Whalen Mar 28, 2011

    Glad to hear that it was helpful, as it always nice to help people out. Your Welcome Tim

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