Reassembly of mower

popcornhillJuly 18, 2010

I took a Wheel Horse 211-4 and disassembled it to paint and clean it up. I took pictures and notes and have it pretty much back together now. I do not want to use it as a mower, only as a rider for Grand kids. My question I have to put the PTO clutch back on the shaft or can I leave it off? With it off, I tried to screw the bolt back into the shaft and it does not screw all the way up to the shaft. So if I leave the pto cluch assembly off, do I also leave the bolt out?

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If you don't plan on using the PTO, leave it off.
As to the bolt, the only consideration is that the threads inside the crankshaft end will rust if the hole is not filled/sealed.
Why dont you just go to a hardware or auto parts store and buy a bolt about 3/4" to 1" long and coat it with grease or anti-sieze compound and run this bolt in tight?

This way, if you ever need to put the PTO back into service, at least you will still have a good hole to work with.
Take the OEM bolt with you so you can get a bolt thread that matches the hole in the crank.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 10:46PM
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Thank you mownie. That is what I will do. I thought the bolt was to hold the entire shaft on. But now I see that it was just to hold the PTO in place. I am learning a lot from this little project. Thank you again.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 8:58AM
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