I use a limb. It's easier and gives me a chance to clean and inspect
the belly of that baby. A come-along and towing straps help too. A
torque wrench is also a good idea, as your manual will probably tell
Being no expert, for the first blade change I called in a guy from
Sears. Guess what, he used a chain and a winch from his van to lift
Anyway, you shouldn't do anything that you're not comfortable with...
Have fun with your new toy.
I use a floor jack placed under the front frame cross member and a 2X on
the jack plate to provide a cushion.
Jack the front end up. place a jack stand under it for safety and block the
rear wheels to prevent it from possibly rolling back.
Reach under the deck to remove the bolts on the blades,.
I have a 52" deck with 3 blades. I use a pneumatic wrench to remove the
bolts. Works like a charm and much easier than a ratchet
Be sure to block the blades from turning with a 2X or wear gloves, as the
blades will turn when you loosen and tighten the bolts.
Do not loose the lock washers and be sure to seat onto the star washer
before tightening the bolts.
I clean the deck at first and last of season this way and put new blades on
the beginning of the season.
I've got a 5-year-old White 42" cut (double blades).
I used to remove the deck to change the blades, but I found a much
I have a 4-ton automotive hydraulic floor jack. I just jack up the
front end* about 2 feet, and the underside of the deck is very easy to
get at. Takes about 10 minutes from start to finish to change both
blades. I use a short piece of 2x4 to block the blades from rotating
when loosening or tightening the nut.
* Note: the White has cast-iron front axle.
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