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Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby grunt » Mon May 20, 2013 2:09 pm

Here is the woods mower I have
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here is the owners manual that was given to me when I bought the mower from a board member
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Now I have heard that some of these woods mower use reverse thread on their bolts so I went and bought some replacements (part # 10658)
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The new bolts are -not - reverse thread. So before I go heating up the bolts and applying a braker bar to them I figured I better verify which direction I should be turing them to get them off.
I also have the sheath wrench.
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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby Bill Hudson » Mon May 20, 2013 2:25 pm

The easy answer is, turn the blade bolts out in the same direction as the blade rotates. From your pics, that would be to the left. Try a 1/2" impact wrench, normally a couple of "burps" will loosen the bolts right up. DON'T use the impact to tighten the bolts. Let us know how you make out.

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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby bythepond88 » Mon May 20, 2013 5:05 pm

The blade bolts are not reverse threaded on a Woods.

Bill Hudson wrote:DON'T use the impact to tighten the bolts
Can't stress this enough. You just want to get them a little more than finger tight. The action of the mower will tighten them more than you want after that. I usually do a mid-season swap (I have an extra set of blades), and even though I barely tighten the bolts, they are always a bear to get off after I have used the mower several weeks.
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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby twotone » Mon May 20, 2013 5:12 pm

I use anti-seize on my mower blade bolts.
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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue May 21, 2013 6:47 am

A simple rule of thumb: Right hand discharge mower = right hand threads. Left discharge = left hand threads.
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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby Matt Kirsch » Tue May 21, 2013 10:19 am

When I was running my Woods deck, it blew grass out BOTH sides equally... Which way do the bolts turn?
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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby Bill Hudson » Tue May 21, 2013 10:48 am

Bill Hudson wrote:The easy answer is, turn the blade bolts out in the same direction as the blade rotates. ...


Look at the cutting edge, should be simple from there.

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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby grunt » Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:43 pm

well had to heat up the nuts with a torch until they went a shade of purple and use the neighbors compressor, since mine did not have enough umph for my impact wrench. It worked out fine in the end
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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby Bus Driver » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:36 am

My experience does not agree with a couple of the previous posts. I have a Woods 59 RM which can discharge from either side or both just by removing or adding the blockoff plate-- that is my understanding from the instructions.
And do tighten the blades with a wrench, not an impact. Letting the blades tighten from usage impact probably will overtighten them. Then they will be all the more difficult to remove.
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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby Smokeycub » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:17 am

From the pictures you posted it is right hand discharge and right hand threaded bolts/spindles (and nearly all Cubs with Woods 59" mowers).
Matt Kirsch wrote:When I was running my Woods deck, it blew grass out BOTH sides equally... Which way do the bolts turn?


Bill Hudson wrote:Look at the cutting edge, should be simple from there
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Re: Help with woods mower blade swap

Postby pickerandsinger » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:10 pm

Cutting edge, blade rotation as Mr Hudson pointed out will solve your dilemma...I don't see what the block off plate has to do with much....Dave
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