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#5 caster-wheel mower

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03-02-2002 07:18:24

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I have a #5 caster-wheel mower that I am restoring. It's in excellent shape right down to the original grass board, just needs blasting, seals and paint. In order to replace the seal on the crankshaft I need to pull the shaft out. The operators manual has a blow-up picture and it appears the driven sprocket is threaded to the crankshaft.(?) I'm a little nervous about drifting away at a cast sprocket in an attempt to back it off. Any suggestions? I also would appreciate a picture or description of the proper paint scheme. As always folks, Thanks for any help. Al

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03-02-2002 08:05:04

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 Re: #5 caster-wheel mower in reply to alcgar, 03-02-2002 07:18:24  
I'm not sure which seal you are talking about, but the bottom seal can be replaced by removing the flywheel and prying out the old seal. You don't have to pull the shaft. The flywheel can be removed by pulling the tapered key, then drift off the flywheel with some wedges. If you can't get the key out (I never can) heat up the flywheel a little and try drifting them both off together. This has worked for me. I thnk there are some other suggestions in the archives.

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03-02-2002 16:12:24

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 Re: Re: #5 caster-wheel mower in reply to KWB, 03-02-2002 08:05:04  
Yep, take off the flywheel by removing the tapered key. Some people have had good luck by drilling and taping the key and using a slide hammer to pull out the key. That is all that holds on the flywheel. I did mine the hard way like you want to do by unscrewing the chain sprocket and pushing/driving the shaft out the front. After I had the whole thing out I put it in a press and pressed the shaft out of the flywheel. However next time I'll pull the key and leave the shaft in the chainbox. After the key was out of my flywheel, the flywheel was a free slip fit on the shaft. Good luck.

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Jerry S

03-04-2002 09:26:29

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 Re: Re: Re: #5 caster-wheel mower in reply to Craig-MN, 03-02-2002 16:12:24  
I tried to get a seal for a #5 and JD told me it wasn't available. I have one that leaks pretty bad. Where were you able to come across the parts?

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03-04-2002 14:29:42

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: #5 caster-wheel mower in reply to Jerry S, 03-04-2002 09:26:29  
Jerry, ordered the parts today at local JD Dealer. Hall Implement in Windham Maine. Exceptionaly friendly and helpful people. They had one seal on the shelf and ordered the other. One was $11, one was $4. I have restored 5 2cyl tractors and they always go the extra step finding parts that pop up as obsolete on the first computer search. If you have a problem with the parts I will put you in touch with them or get the parts for you and mail. Al

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Jerry S

03-05-2002 07:52:08

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: #5 caster-wheel mower in reply to alcgar, 03-04-2002 14:29:42  
Thanks for replying. I guess I need to work with a different parts person. If I have trouble getting the right stuff, I will try to get in touch with you. This last time they told me I should buy a different mower for parts. I figured there would be enough #5 mowers used still that parts should be available.

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03-03-2002 09:23:57

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 Re: Re: Re: #5 caster-wheel mower in reply to Craig-MN, 03-02-2002 16:12:24  
Craig, It is interesting to read your reply this morning. Yesterday I did exactly what you described. Got up the nerve and drifted the sprocket off(came easily), pushed out the shaft only to find the flywheel still had to come off, drilled and tapped the keyway after reading KWB's reply saying the key was tapered, still couldn't get the key out, gentle heat and drifted the shaft out of flywheel. Next time I will know, but it all had to come apart for seals and paint work. Anyhow thanks to you and the others for the info. Al

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