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#116134 29/08/22 02:25 PM
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Morning all

Changed a set of rover blades with a well known after market set but was a bit shocked when the blade bolt thread stripped as soon as it took up, yes, used air gun on 2 as have done on hundreds of occasions without issues. Anyone had this happen ?

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Done it hundreds of times myself, never stripped one with the rattle gun.
Cheers, Ted

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Done hundreds myself and only had one do it to me - happened to be a rover as well.

Just stripped with moderate torque

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Nut with wrong thread supplied or not started properly and cross threaded?


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G'day wce ,Ted ,Tyler and Mf,

I've had new bolts snap when fitting and had to use the old bolts again, the new bolts were just defective or low grade ,even though
you shouldn't use second hand blade bolts in case they have stretched and are weaker ,normally it's not worth the
risk of using second hand blade bolts , I've heard a few stories of people getting injured from second hand blade bolts
letting go.

The Rover bolts are missing a 1/4 of the thread because of the flat side that locks into the blade plate so I wouldn't
use a rattle gun on these types of bolts in my opinion it's best to use a ring spanner or socket set.

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Max.

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I do agree, I'm uncomfortable using an impact tool to put them on. Maybe to remove old ones only. Better to have dexterity fitting them.


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I remember the bloke who used to mow our lawns he said he replaced the bolts on his Hondas every second set of blades which he replaced every couple of weeks from memory

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It's a different kettle of fish in commercial mowing as the bolts are not sitting long term and he's still replacing them at a quick rate.


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In the eighties I was talking to mechanics that worked for the Parks department and they said ever since a member of the public at a park
got hit by a flying blade ,the government no longer allowed government employed mechanics to reuse old blade bolts so every time blades were changed new bolts were always used.

I guess if you worked at a mower shop or you're a contractor and used secondhand bolts and someone was killed ,you could be sued.


https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/w...s-story/3c7118f4c2ebddcef779bed92378ef9b

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Ive stripped a few over the years, pretty sure is always been rover or masport ones, and usually always buzz them a little with the impact, not too tight but tight enough.

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Hello Joe_Caroll,
are you putting up any more mower revival videos on your YT channel? You haven't uploaded on a year. The old days are over it seems.
I have found myself with quite a few non working Tecumseh Victas. Should I attempt to get them going or wholesale discard the lot and keep the bases to re-engine down the track? I might see if I can get one going.
There latest one I found had a pool of oil on the base.

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I found an identical one today only a week after the one pictured. I didn't grab it this time as the front end was a bit flogged and there was rust on the frame.
I grabbed the wheel caps, air filter and handle knobs.


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Originally Posted by Mowerfreak
Hello Joe_Caroll,
are you putting up any more mower revival videos on your YT channel? You haven't uploaded on a year. The old days are over it seems.
I have found myself with quite a few non working Tecumseh Victas. Should I attempt to get them going or wholesale discard the lot and keep the bases to re-engine down the track? I might see if I can get one going.
There latest one I found had a pool of oil on the base.

Im not huge on the tecumsehs, some people love them, I always have carb issues with them and just find myself frustrated with them. Havent recorded anything in ages, it takes the better part of 2 days to make a video, and only repair one machine in the time, where I can usually pump out two a day if I can just hook right into it. Ill get back to it at some stage, theres a brand new gopro hero 9 in the shed on a tripod waiting to be used laugh

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