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Does that PTO just have a cable that pulls a pulley arm to engage the belt? My old Huskee had that and it never gave me problems.
Yes just a cable and a spring it seems. Comes off real nice if you need to take off deck also.

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Has anyone replaced a zerk fitting on a front tire? Just wondered how hard.

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I have a loose one works fine but bought a pack of new ones to make sure I got right size.

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Jerk on a tire? I'm missing something.
The Zerks I've encountered (yes replacing non-functional Zerks happens) screwed in.
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I have a loose one works fine but bought a pack of new ones to make sure I got right size.
If You ever Buy anew set of rims from Cub keep In Mind the zerks/grease fitting don't come with. The zerks are actually threaded But there designed to Be pounded In On the Cub Cadet Rims at a slight angle

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If You ever Buy anew set of rims from Cub keep In Mind the zerks/grease fitting don't come with. The zerks are actually threaded But there designed to Be pounded In On the Cub Cadet Rims at a slight angle
Thanks, just want to take old one out right, it does seem to be at a slight angle.

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Looks like they are threaded. Just tried to put in new one or tighten existing one, its stripped out. Maybe thery make an oversized one that will thread into existing hole.

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Looks like they are threaded. Just tried to put in new one or tighten existing one, its stripped out. Maybe thery make an oversized one that will thread into existing hole.
The zerks are threaded But the Holes In the Rims are Not So You can Un-screw Them. But trying to screw them In doesn't actually work Because of the angle. My Cub Dealer told me to Just get a Rubber Mallet to Pound them In at a angle Because that's what there shop has to do. MTD really cut corners On the Grease Fitting/zerk design

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The zerks are threaded But the Holes In the Rims are Not So You can Un-screw Them. But trying to screw them In doesn't actually work Because of the angle. My Cub Dealer told me to Just get a Rubber Mallet to Pound them In at a angle Because that's what there shop has to do. MTD really cut corners On the Grease Fitting/zerk design
Seems like the hole is to big. I tried to replace existing one and its pretty loose. I will look for a size bigger and see how it fits.

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Wouldn't it be better to to just tap the hole instead of forcing the zerk in?

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My XT2 54" Fab deck is due for a deck cleaning and blade change. What are your preferences for doing this...removing the deck, using a mower lift, using car ramps or just lay down and reach up under and try to get to everything? A lift seems like it would be the easiest, but also the most expensive. It is hard to justify spending $200 for something I would use once or twice a year. Anyone use ramps with success and ease? I would prefer not to remove the deck if possible, just scared I might muck something up taking it off or putting it back on.

And what about the bolts for the blades? This will be the first blade change, and wonder if they are a booger to get off? I have a breaker bar to use...anyone know the size off the top of their head?

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My XT2 54" Fab deck is due for a deck cleaning and blade change. What are your preferences for doing this...removing the deck, using a mower lift, using car ramps or just lay down and reach up under and try to get to everything? A lift seems like it would be the easiest, but also the most expensive. It is hard to justify spending $200 for something I would use once or twice a year. Anyone use ramps with success and ease? I would prefer not to remove the deck if possible, just scared I might muck something up taking it off or putting it back on.



And what about the bolts for the blades? This will be the first blade change, and wonder if they are a booger to get off? I have a breaker bar to use...anyone know the size off the top of their head?



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I don't have a lift so I just take the deck off and slide it out.
An impact is the easiest way to remove the bolts, but a breaker bar works. The first time I removed mine, I had to have someone hold the deck while I used the breaker bar. I just clamped a chunk of 2x4 to block the blades from spinning, but there is an actual blade clamp you can buy. Bolt size, I want to say was 22mm, but I'm not sure off hand.

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If your 54"Fab deck is anything like mine (XT3) that baby looks a like a tonner.
When I swap blades I'll move it into the garage where I've got a concrete floor and use my NT mower lift _and_ chock the rear wheels. Don't know what the bolt size is but I've got an electric impact wrench and set of sockets so got that covered as well. There are various clamps to hold the blades but never found the need. Dealer installed the blades and mounted the deck so they probably did the bolts up to 100# or better. Ugh. But I've found a short length of 2x lumber to twist against does the trick. Here in sandy Florida I find a blade set holds an edge for 4 to 6 months then I need to swap. Wish I could help more.
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I just changed my blades today for the 1st time on my 60" Fab deck on my XT3GSX.
I have a little over 70 hrs on it. I used my Milwaukee cordless impact to remove the blade bolts (28mm) it sucked the bolts right of and right back on and I didn't have to hold the top bolt. So an impact looks like the trick to replacing the blades.

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