The drive pulley on my MTD riding lawn mower broke. I removed the bolt that holds it on. Do I have to have a "puller" to remove the pulley or just will power and a hammer?
R.Wilson from Emmett, ID
I wouldn't think twice. Slap a puller on it.
If you are going to be fixing things like this you really should have a set of three-jaw pullers.
I do most of my own repairs and I have an old tool box full of different pullers.
My set of three-jaw pullers is just one of those cheap sets from a tool sale.
The screw threads are not as fine as a more expensive set's would be. No big deal.
I just put a strain on it then smack the end of the screw with a hammer.
A pulley "puller" is a good idea. Harbor-Freight in Spokane on Sprague and Sullivan has them.
Look for a product called, "Fluid Film" at hardware or farm store. It's based on lanolin/wool wax, and is the best stuff I've ever found for getting really difficult parts to release. Give it about 15 minutes to work after application, and you should have a lot better luck removing the part. A puller would be nice, but two pieces of hardwood will generally work, too.
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