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post #1 of 2 Old 07-11-2019, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Deck Pulley & Bearings Easy Removal

I made a video to show how you remove deck pulleys and bearings quick and easy. No pullers, no pickle forks. Just an air hammer and your hand.

On both the spindle bearing and the idler pulleys, if the blade or pulley spins freely, as in free spin, the bearings are dry and need to be replaced. If a bearing is fresh it will turn smooth and free. But, the grease when good will keep the bearing from free spinning like a top. When the bearing grease has dried the bearing will make noise. The idler bearings are not meant to be changed. You replace the idler.

When your deck and front clutch bearings are all good, you should be able to hear the blades hitting the grass when mowing.

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post #2 of 2 Old 07-11-2019, 03:31 PM
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Re: Deck Pulley & Bearings Easy Removal

For bigger idlers which are in two halves, riveted together with a bearing in the middle, you can drill out the rivets, replace the bearing and bolt the two halves back together. Way cheaper than replacing the whole idler, and you can do it indefinitely (as the two idler halves don't wear out).

You can do the same thing if they are spot welded together, by drilling the spot welds and then bolting the halves together after replacing the bearing.
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