Re: Finally! A perfect tool for removing J-Pins.
You youngster members can ignore this post.
Jimbochachap had it right. If the deck isn't squared, the J-pins will become squeezed tightly, making removal/installation extra difficult.
Keep in mind that I am a "Senior", wear bifocals, and have 2 artificial knees. All this combines to make a simple task quite difficult at times. When my X500 was delivered in January, I wanted to use the tractor in the woods, so asked the deliverer to remove the deck. He had it off inside 5 minutes!
So I agree this is somewhat a "user error" issue. It's there, nonetheless, and the hook helps me to overcome some of the obstacles. As a follow-up, I found that hook to be helpful in installing the deck as well. When lying on the floor, I have a hard time lining up the holes in the arm and the deck. Focusing with bifocals at that angle, in relative darkness, is a challenge.
I used the hook yesterday, pulling it through from the backside of the holes, and shifted the deck until it was dead-on. Then the J-pin dropped right in.